3 Stars, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Review – If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Sometimes you need a book that makes you think. I was feeling a little down from being sick and (possibly) breaking my finger, which still hurts a lot, so I decided to grab a sad book from my TBR. First on that list was If I Stay by Gayle Forman.


Title: If I stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: Contemporary – Romance

Age Classification: Young Adult

Publisher: Penguin (Speak)

Format: paperback

Release: April 9, 2009

The book begins with a family of four, including our main character Mia, decide to go visit some friends and family on their snow day off. On their way, they get into an accident that instantly killed both parents and left both children critically injured.

In Mia’s case, she has an out-of-body experience and is able to watch everything after the accident. Once at the hospital, Mia spends time watching what happens to her body, watching what her friends and family are doing and wondering around the hospital.

I kind of like how this aspect of the story gives the illusion of there being more than this physical existence and death, a sort of in-between for those who get to choose. I would like to think we are more than our vessels here on Earth, that we continue being in one state or another.

I also liked the stories of before the accident. It gave us history, explained choices made by Mia and other characters and acted as a break from the sad story of a recently orphaned girl in a coma with unimaginable injuries. However, the way the overall book was set up bothered me. I usually don’t mind a book that flicks back and forth, so maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a broken and scattered storyline.

The one thing that was disappointing was the ending, but that is not entirely the book’s fault. First of all, it is kind of spoiled by there being a second novel in this duology, which I had sitting on my shelves. The other reason will most likely seem horrible, and perhaps I am, but I sort of wanted her to choose death. Not because I wanted her to die, although I know that would have been the result, but it would have been nice to have a novel say it is okay to let go. That may just be me so I haven’t deducted a star for this because that would be horrible.

Star Rating: ☆☆☆

Speaking of stars, over on Goodreads I decided this one was a 3-star book for me. I liked the story but it isn’t one I plan to put on a reread list unless I have a really good reason to.

So, now I want to hear from you. If you have read it, what were your thoughts?

I will be posting my Where She Went review (because I think that is what I am doing..?) soon, so keep an eye out for that if you are interested!

Until next time bibliophiles!

Amy x

1 thought on “Review – If I Stay by Gayle Forman”

  1. I think I have walked by this book 100 times at the bookstore, and I avoided the movie KNOWING it was based on a book (wanting to read it first if I was going to watch it at all). The premise seemed interesting enough, but I have never been able to convince myself I HAD to read it. I guess I need to be in a mood to read books like this?! I think I’m like you, though, in that once I found out there was a second book, it kind of gave it awat. …still debating haha Good review, though!

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