If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.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 fami...

Details If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

TitleIf I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
Release DateApr 2nd, 2009
PublisherDutton Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

  • Heather
    There are two kinds of books, those that you finish reading and leave you with fleeting memories of the attractive hero, the silly heroine, and the overall storyline, or perhaps all you noted was the glaring plot holes, inconsistencies, ridiculousness or flat characters. At any rate, it’s a book that you read, either like or dislike, but no sooner than you have turned the last page, it is out of sight and out of mind. Then there is the other ki...
  • Emory's Defunct Profile
    My impression? It was good. Not fantastic, but okay. Decent. Tolerable. But I'm a bit irritated with this book right now, because it is one of those books that has been ridiculously overrated. Yeah, it was sad. But not 'devastating'. Not 'heart-wrenching'.This book was fine, but I honestly think that if I had read the first chapter and then read the last chapter I wouldn't have missed much. Yes, her parents were both beautiful people who will be ...
  • Jess
    This book could have been great, but it was almost embarrassing to read at times. I know that sounds pretty mean, but c'mon.I can appreciate any novel that mentions Kathleen Hannah and Courtney Love in positive context (it also earns points for being set near Portland!), but I can't respect a novel that is full of cliches, unrealistic characters, and CHEESE. I almost had to stop reading when one character "played the other character's body like a...
  • Lola
    *4.5 stars*There is something comforting in that. To go down as a family. No one left behind. I'm not.I'm not crying. Why would I be? If I stay is only one of the most endearing stories I've ever read...No reason to sob quitely while writing a review... ღYou probably all know what happens. A car accident. A car accident that took Mia, her brother and her parents' lives away. Only... Mia stayed as a ghost, a lifeless body. She's hurt. She's weak...
  • Kat Kennedy
    I played the violin for five years and the viola for three. It is the piano that only lasted for one year. My older brother and I began our lessons together when I was nine. My brother was a smart kid, but he didn't know it then. It didn't help that his little sister was extremely competitive, precocious and bratty. I think he always believed he didn't have much going for him - but boy he has it where it counts.Back then I thought I was so much s...
  • Watermelon Daisy
    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.- - -WHY I DROPPED IT:I...
  • Summer
    I was actually quite shocked to find that this book did not even make me shed one tear. Weird, huh?Unless you count tears of boredom.Other people: THIS BOOK OMG THE FEELS I’M SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY.Me: Wait where was the part where I was supposed to cry?Despite what you’re probably thinking, I did not base this review on whether or not I would cry. I gave it two stars because it did not affect me in any way. Rather, it bored me. Other than th...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Gayle FormanIf I Stay is a young adult novel by Gayle Forman published in 2009. The story follows 17-year-old Mia Hall as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family. Mia is the only member of her family to survive, and she finds herself in a coma. Through this coma, however, Mia has an out-of-body experience. Through this, she is able to watch the actions around her, as friends and f...
  • jessica
    dear, oh dear. this gave me major ‘before i fall’ flashbacks, which was one of the most disappointing books i read this year. this isnt as terrible as that, but i definitely have come to realise the whole ‘teen dies but given second chance’ trope is just not for me. which is a shame because there is a lot to be said for the messages and lessons taught within that kind of story. but for this book in particular, it actually isnt the plot th...
  • Emily May
    Despite the general hype about this book, I had my reservations because I had gone into The Lovely Bones with similar optimism and been highly disappointed by a story that never really took off and was simply drab and boring. After reading the goodreads description for this, I imagined something of the same and could only hope I wouldn't have a repeat performance.To be honest, if you're looking for fast-paced adventure and a really gripping plot ...
  • Luffy
    If I stay was a bit confusing at first, but further reading addressed these nebulous matters. I thought that the concept of a family killed in a car accident was something that few thrillers do.In fact the only time I remember that happening was in D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton. The survivor of the vehicular massacre in If I Stay, is in a coma but is conscious. She is able to travel and visit most of the characters that matter in this world.I ...
  • Nick
    The book is kind of boring but there are some parts that are so very beautiful. Especially the part when Mia joins Adam and her father and they form a mini orchestra in their garden.
  • Flannery
    Books about death and dying are particularly hard to review. The way we react to them is so deeply personal that I'm skeptical about the actual value of my (or anyone's) review of the work to other readers. When we read, we don't come to the book with a clean slate--we come to it with years of experiences, friendships, and memories that provide us with a vantage point from which to view the story. And if you have an awful tendency toward existent...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    5 AMAZING STARS“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”I decided to read this book because I noticed that the movie is coming out the next month!So I thought that finally I must read it!!!And now that I finally finished the second too I'm thinking..Why I didn't start this series sooner???Why???? The story,the characters and general all the concept was perfection!!It's a heartbreaking story about love,family and lif...
  • James
    4+ stars to Gayle Forman's If I Stay, the first of a two-book series and recently made motion picture. I first stumbled across this book when I saw the movie promo last year, and I recall thinking "oh, that looks like a great story." I had just finished reading JoJo Moyes "Me Before You" series and felt they'd be similar in story and character. I went on my merry way, happily choosing from the physical books on my own bookshelf or my electronic d...
  • Wendy Darling
    If I Stay is beautifully written, with characters that feel solidly real. I pick up any novel like this with a great deal of trepidation, because the potential for treacly, overly dramatic, cliche scenarios abound--but this one exceeded just about every expectation I had and avoids pretty much all the usual YA pitfalls. Mia's relationships with her parents, with her brother Teddy, and with her grandparents were all wonderfully vibrant, in a way t...
  • Tatiana
    Update 3/23/2011. The sequel is a fabulous cryfest. Better than "If I Stay."Update 3/2/2011. While I didn't love this book as much as many of my friends did, I still think that it has a lot of heart. Looking forward to the sequel.Original reviewIt is always difficult for me to write reviews for books that do not have any flaws. "If I Stay" is one of those books. This story of love and family, of choices and happiness, is just so superbly written,...
  • Natalie Monroe
    3.5 starsWelcome to another exciting fight-to-the-death conversation between Nice Natalie and Cynical Natalie.Nice Natalie: Here we are again, about to rag on another beloved book.Cynical Natalie: It's called having an opinion. If you wanna play nice-nice, go stand in the corner with the Stop the GR Bullies people.Nice Natalie: But you did like If I Stay. The writing sent shivers down your spine, remember? "And there was so much noise. A symphon...
  • Adele
    I have had a continuous stream of tears running down my cheeks for the last few hours. Between Jenny Downham (Before I Die) and Gayle Foreman, I have cried a lifetime of tears in the past week. My house mate asked 'why do you put yourself through it?' I had to think about it, for a fraction of a second, before I answered 'because every word is worth it'.Simply, this book wouldn't be the emotional cruncher it is without some superb writing from Fo...
  • Ayesha
    More reviews @ The Beautiful World of Books Initial reaction upon finishing-When I heard Seventeen call If I Stay "new TFIOS" I should have turned tail and run in the opposite direction as fast as I could.But like always my curiosity won.If I Stay is a boring story that can be told in few sentences but has been dragged into a 200 page book. If this book were any longer, I would have marked it DNF right after reading the first few chapters. This b...
  • Lyndz
    The Lovely Bones? I am sure I am not the first person to make the comparison. And yes, in some ways they are similar. In my opinion, If I Stay accomplished what Lovely Bones set out to do but didn’t. So let’s put that comparison to bed right now.Mia plays the cello and listens to classical music and she doesn’t care that most people think she is a little odd. I actually quite liked Mia. I can’t seem to put my finger on what it was about h...
  • Anna
    MOVIE TRAILER I'm so excited. I loved this book hard !!!! Major goosebumps while watching and of course I bawled my eyeballs out !!! Here's the link to the trailer :http://youtu.be/rMp896hfp74This book was beautiful. Packed with so much living, dying, loving, crying....Not necessarily in that order. This is a book about Mia told from Mia's point of view, which by the way was heart-breaking and gorgeous. On a normal day in the normal life of 17 ...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *4 Stars*If I Stay takes us on the extremely touching journey of a young girl teetering on the edge of death. When a disastrous car wreck lands Mia in a coma, she is faced with the ultimate decision: To live or to die.As difficult as that choice is on its own, there are certain elements swaying Mia in each direction that stand to complicate matters even further. She is confused. She is broken. She feels lonely…But she is not alone. This story ...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsThis is the first time I've reread If I Stay. . . and I'm happy to report that after five years, it's still a fantastic book.It's amazing to me how, in just a few short pages, Forman is able to make you care about the Hall family. REALLY care. REALLY feel it when Mia begins to watch from outside herself, as her life, her world, is completely destroyed. My dad smiles and taps on his pipe. He started smoking one recently as ...
  • Candace
    Prepare to bawl your eyes out. This one is a tearjerker. If you are in the mood for an ugly-cry, look no farther.While I expected this book to be sad and beautifully tragic, which it most definitely was, I wasn't prepared for the emotional blows to start so early-on and then continue for the entirety of the book. Usually, you bond with the characters and read about the happy times before the bottom drops out and you have to make a dash for the Kl...
  • Dannii Elle
    What an absolute beauty of a book. I made the terrible faux pas of watching the film before I read the book (please, forgive me) so I was already armed with some understanding of the plot and the ending... and I was still left breathless after reading this. Some phrases and moments in the book evoke the most beautifully, painful imagery and I was so emotionally invested in the characters that this became a one-sitting book (a very rare breed thes...
  • Chloe
    This book is an emotional roller coaster but I loved it!
  • Kristi
    Although I’d read the synopsis multiple times, I never really “got” what the story was until I read the first chapter when it all happens. When you find out Mia is making the choice as her body lays waiting in the ICU. She becomes an invisible observer, watching and narrating her tragic ordeal from the time the accident happens. And it is here that we join her on her quest. To ultimately decide to stay or to let go. The choice is resonated ...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    I absolutely loved this book.Multiple times whilst reading this baby, tears welled up in my eyes at the beauty of Gayle's writing, and just imagining being in Mia's situation got me really emotional. I literally started this book earlier today, and I managed to read the entire thing within a few hours because I did not want to put it down.This is the third book by Gayle Forman that I've read in the past few weeks, and I think it's safe to say tha...
  • Mo
    "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." This one has been on my Kindle for ages. I read some NA/YA but not a lot as the...