Review: If I stay by Gayle Forman

This isn’t a new book by any means, so many of you have probably heard of it. It’s a book about Mia, a seventeen year old girl who has a terrible car accident while on a family trip with her parents and her little brother, and ends up in bad shape in a hospital, looking down at her battered body and trying to decide if she should stay and deal with what happened to her family or let go.

I knew there had been a movie made out of this book last year, but it was one of those cases where I wanted to read the book first. I liked the premise of the book and a few friends loved this book, so I really wanted to be madly in love with it too, but…I couldn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, the book is emotional and you feel for Mia and you sort of end up rooting for her and Adam (Mia’s boyfriend) along the way, but I was mostly left with a bitter taste in my mouth at the end. Like I wanted to ask, is that it? Well, technically, it isn’t. There’s a sequel out now – Where She Went.

Best quote: I shouldn’t have to care. I shouldn’t have to work this hard. I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.

Rating: Three stars


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