If I Stay ~ Gayle Forman

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Hey today ill be reviewing If I stay is the first part of the duo-logy next being Where She Went.

About If I Stay


If I Stay by Gayle Forman 

Series: If I Stay #1

Published by Black Swan

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

Initial Thoughts

This book is about Mia a cello player or cellists what is the word for that i’m not a musician (*I don’t know*). She has this crazy, wacky, awesome family and this perfect musician rocker in a band boyfriend Adam; and her life is just wonderful, magical and the best life in the world and she has a lovely best friend. Then shiz goes down and she has to make a massive life changing decision.

This book has recently been adapted into a movie so don’t watch the trailer; it gives the story plot away and you’ll end up knowing the massive OMG moments.If I Stay

Review of If I Stay

This entire book is pretty much just one day in Mia’s life. A lot of this book is flash backs it looks back at Mia’s life and that’s how we learn about how her life was in the past, how we learn about her family. Normally I loathe flashbacks because it feels like the story is not moving forward and it feels like your in the past all the time and I wanna get on and wanna move forward; but this book for me did not feel slow and I didn’t feel like the flash backs were dragging it on. Its only about 200 pages I think it’s not that long but sometimes it does feel a bit slow (*just at places*), many did find it a bit slow personally I didn’t, I thought the flashback were really interesting. I really loved Mia’s life and her family were awesome.


Going into the characters a little bit Mia I absolutely loved her she was an awesome protagonist in this book, I loved the fact that she plays cello it kinda made the novel a bit haunting somehow. I also feel that Mia was quite relatable character because she felt a little bit out-of-place in her family and I can relate to that a lil bit and I think a lot of people could also relate to that, may be not feeling that u can fit in even with your own family because her parents and also her boy friend are into like rock music and she’s like all into her classical music so she didn’t kinda feel like she fit in , she felt like maybe she was adopted child sometimes.(*Me too guilty of this*)


I really really enjoyed the music aspect of the book, it was a massive part of this book even if I can only play a teeny tiny bit of guitar myself but the music part was written beautifully. Her boyfriend Adam was like perfect boyfriend he was amazing and he was a massive fan of doing this grand gesture (*Awww*) and he was just so kind. Its strange actually when we go into the novel we do kind of flashback to when their relationship had started but a lot of it is when their love has already been blossomed and evolved and we saw their relationship fully formed and normally that annoys me cause I like to see the relationship develop. Any hoo I really really love their relationship despite that. Gayle Forman is really good at writing romances and chemistry between two characters and she does a really great job with that. I also loved that their romance was not seen as a silly little high school romance; their parents and everyone around them actually believe they are really in love and probably be together forever which was great and really refreshing.

I really fell I love with Mia’s family Gayle Forman does a good job at writing unique quirky families because they are so unique n quirky it makes them very realistic(*Everyone’s family is a bit crazy*). Mia’s parents were just wonderful because they were like ex-punk rockers and kinda very free and treat their children like equals which I really like (*they allow Adam to stay in her room *)


My problem with this book (*not being too cynical*) is the accident happen really quickly I was like oh we’re at the breakfast table we’re having pancakes OHHH theres my dad’s brains on the floor and it was like woo when did that happen whats going on there. It was almost done intently Gayle Forman wanted it to be sudden n shocking but the very book cover gives it away so your not really in shock that she’s been in an accident the book itself starts of by saying.

Anyhoo i wasn’t that shocked by it; but I do get that it was supposed to be happy family and wonderful to like boom like everything’s crap. That’s how accidents do happen in real life.


If I Stay also made me think a lot u never know when somebody is listening cause Mia was listening in and hearing all these conversions. It was also great that Mia could see everyone; she could see everybody reaction within her family and her friends that was really interesting. It was like we got a bit of an omniscient narrator; because it was still thru Mia’s eyes but we were getting to see everyone’s reaction; rather than just staying inside Mia’s head which would have been lil bit boring. I also loved how Adam fought to see Mia that was amazing. It was a perfect example of how it was more than a high school romance; and how he does his bit to change Mia’s mind.

Closing Thoughts

So overall I liked the book. I would definitely recommend this book it may not be the best but it’s a nice read. It at times quite haunting, it may make u teary a few times but the book is not too depressing. If u even normally don’t like sad books you’ll still really end up enjoying this one. I really loved the ending though it was a bit predictable. All in all a good read. If your going to watch the movie then still read the book as always the book will be better.

“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”