Books, YA

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Book Review

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

Excerpt from:
Gayle Forman
If I stay
Synopsis From Goodreads

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart wrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Gayle Forman wrote the novel If I Stay. It’s a deeply personal story of a little girl whose life is turned upside down in an instant. The novel is about Mia’s struggle to make that life-changing decision. The tale is recounted in flashbacks between then, then, and now. We alternate between scenes with Mia and her family in the hospital and her memories of significant people in her daily life. We are acquainted with everyone through Mia’s recollections while she lies in a trance-like condition in the ICU, in a state between life and death. It’s terrible to read as each loved one comes to her and express their love, support and understanding to her. They fight for her to stay while understanding why it’s so tough. Each chapter is filled with emotion, and each recollection breaks my heart.

I was unable to put this book down. The composing was awesome and there’s a ton of provocative material, to some degree covered by flashbacks and the stories say a lot. As much as this holds nothing back for the feels, there’s likewise a light quality to it with the weighty substance. There are sure books that just sincerely channel you, and this was one of them. In this book you can imagine snapshots of sadness, snapshots of satisfaction, snapshots of agony, and snapshots of pleasantness. It is a book whose story simply remains with you. I love the way the tale of “If I Stay” is built. It is told according to Mia’s perspective, however it isn’t simply her variant of the present. All things considered, it goes to and fro through her set of experiences and those of her loved ones. This provides the whole book with somewhat of a self-contradicting quality.

On the other hand, I viewed the portrayals of the characters as impossible to endure. Everybody is cool and understanding. It didn’t seem as though genuine individuals. In any case, this is a book about family and misfortune and unfathomable decisions, yet it is likewise an account of excellence. It talks about the connections between those we love. Also really, the book was great that I didn’t see the last chapter of the book coming until the book was finished.

Though I was aware that this novel was published a long time ago and that a film based on it was made, which I have yet to view, this novel for me is so innocent but it has a strong and well-developed tale that everyone should know. It will make you cry and wish you could go back in time for Mia. I can’t image how difficult it would be for someone to witness themselves in a coma. When you can’t do anything but lie there listening to good and sad things from your loved ones. It is quite painful.

I will definitely recommend it to those who love dramatic novels. This novel will surely make the reader smile and at the same time the power to break a heart.

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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