If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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From Shelfari: “In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia Hall has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck… A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.This book will bring tears to your eyes at one point and laughter at another.”

 

There have been similar out-of-body stories before. Something horrible happens to a character and she “leaves” her body and watches it all unfold as if it were happening to someone else. No matter the similarities this story felt so fresh and new! Seventeen-year-old Mia has a near perfect life. Her parents are loving, cool, and quirky. She adores her little brother. Her best friend is sarcastically amazing. And the person who matters so much, her boyfriend Adam, is so out of her league.. yet he loves her? This is the life every girl would die for. That is, until Mia must decide to live or die after a tragic accident puts her family in the hospital. Nothing could be more real than choosing ones own fate.

Gayle takes the reader on such an intense ride of emotions, you’re left feeling drained by the end of the story. Mia’s choice is a hard one, and her reasons for choosing what she does is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Trying to picture oneself in her position, imagining what you would do, is incredibly hard. This is in no way an easy task for both Mia and the reader. I just cannot put in to words how much I loved this story.. It had me hooked from the very first page and in tears by the end.

If I say any more I may spoil the story for you… there is just SO MUCH I want to say! *heartbreak* I literally ran out and purchased the sequel immediately after finishing this book..and I have EVEN MORE to say about that book! omg…

Rating – 4.5/5

Have you read this book? What about the sequel? Thoughts????????

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