If I Stay: book review (no spoilers)

26 Jan

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Synopsis

  • In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia 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.

Review

  • The Characters in If I Stay are breathtaking. Mia is a a dedicated Cellist who loves music more than anything. She’s not exactly a geek, but she isn’t what is considered ‘cool’. She’s a conservative, quiet girl. I enjoyed the fact that the book was in her point of view. All of you who read this book are going to fall head over heels for Adam. Adam is in a band who is on the verge of breaking out and becoming massively popular. His very tough and intimidating exterior is the complete opposite of his personality. He cares for Mia a lot and you can clearly see that through how he treats her. He’s sweet and also a very dedicated musician. He doesn’t care that he and Mia are different. He loves her for the way she is and the moment that you realize that, you’ll want your own Adam. I really didn’t care for Kim. She was a fairly good character but i just found her quite irrelevant to the plot. Mia’s parents were also quite good characters, as was Teddy (her little brother). I think Teddy was the character i loved the most (apart from Adam of course). I also loved the relationships between the characters. I loved that Adam was a part of their family and i loved that he got along so well with Teddy. And i also really liked the fact that Kim and Adam didn’t really connect as friends because it showed the reality that some people just aren’t meant to become close friends, yet even though that person isn’t close to you, there’s always something you can find in common to help each other out during a rough time.
  • The plot of the story is wonderful. Absolutely incredible. Every single chapter is captivating and makes you understand Mia just that much more. The fact that there are flashbacks, then the story returns to the present is perfect because the more you read the more you really feel yourself entering Mia’s life and the more you feel yourself becoming emotionally attached to each and every protagonist. 
  • Gayle Forman has a very interesting writing style. I wasn’t particularly fond of it. I liked the format in which the book the was written but i found there were far too many details in some chapters and way too little details in others. It was out of balance and i’m not going to lie, it was a little irritating. I also found that she was repetitive. To an extent, repetitiveness can be a good attribute in an author’s writing, but for Gayle it was just annoying. The novel definitely could have been better written. 

Rating

  • I give If I Stay by Gayle Forman 3.5/5 stars because i loved the plot and most of the characters but i wasn’t really too keen on her writing. I recommend this book to fans of The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer and to fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
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