Archive for November 17, 2009

If I stay by Gayle Forman

Posted: November 17, 2009 in Reviews
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Summary :

What if you had everything:

A gorgeous boyfriend who was madly in love with you?
Quirky hip parents who totally got you?
A musical talent that could take you anywhere?
What if your biggest problem in life was choosing which path to take?
Follow your first love–music– to New York City?
Or stay with your boyfriend, friends, and family?

What if one day, you went out for a drive…

And in an instant everything changed?

What if suddenly all the other choices were gone?

Except for one–the only one that truly mattered?

What would you do?

A sophisticated, layered, and heart achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands


It was quite a while since I read a book which moved me to tears and this book  did just that. Mia was a character I connected  to instantly and the main reason for this was  the beautiful narration by Gayle Forman .There were times when I was reading this I actually pictured Mia going out with her boyfriend Adam , having those jitters playing her cello in front of experts , having a great time with her parents and little brother  and finally seeing all this slipping from her hands right in front of her eyes.

The narration moves alternately between past and present giving a depth to the characters which helps us to understand them better, understand Mia better. It was a very ordinary story told in such a way that I had no other choice but to love it and recommend it every body I know.

Mia , is definitely one of the best central characters I have read this year. She is an unsure teenager at places and in some she is someone who knows what she wants in life. It felt good to see  a girl her age so responsible , when these days YA books show them to be troubled and damaged.

Mia being surrounded by people who love her , people who do everything possible to make her feel that they need her with them , even though they know how difficult it will be for her to pick up from where life as left her shattered. The strength they provide her emotionally and how every person  related to her, lives through the worst phase of their lives while trying to give her hope , not knowing if she is even understanding  them , makes it a must read book. A book about understanding the value of family , love and friendship , more importantly it’s a book  about  having hope of a tomorrow .

Advice : Try reading late at night , so that you won’t be seen crying like a baby.

Highly Recommended

My Rating : 5 out of 5