If I Stay

If I Stay

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 frie Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here. Just listen, Adam says ...

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Title:If I Stay
Author:Gayle Forman
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:If I Stay
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:201 pages pages

If I Stay Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Dec 02, 2015
    If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Gayle Forman If 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 s...
  • Flannery
    Aug 12, 2010
    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 ...
  • Kristi
    Oct 23, 2008
    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...
  • Heather
    Jun 26, 2009
    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, i...
  • Adele
    Mar 08, 2009
    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 fra...
  • Tatiana
    Sep 19, 2009
    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 review It is always difficult for me t...
  • Wendy Darling
    Apr 02, 2011
    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 pre...
  • Kat Kennedy
    Jul 20, 2010
    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 ...
  • Clair
    May 04, 2012
    I keep hearing that If I Stay by Gayle Forman is this wonderfully heartbreaking novel. Some reviewers have cried, some have felt empty after reading this, and... unfortunately, your Auntie Nessa is just not one of them. (Also, haven't read this book since July 2012, finally decided to ...
  • Emory Russo
    Dec 23, 2010
    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 hone...
  • Watermelon Daisy
    May 21, 2011
    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 sophistica...
  • Emily May
    Mar 02, 2011
    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 ima...
  • Jess
    Dec 10, 2010
    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'...
  • Giselle
    Apr 16, 2011
    A powerfully emotional novel, If I Stay is a journey through life and death, in the eyes of a young girl who has lost just about everything. After a disastrous car accident, Mia finds herself looking down at her own battered body, barely alive. This is one case where, immediately, ...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    Sep 18, 2012
    *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 ...
  • Lyndz
    Dec 06, 2011
    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 li...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    Jun 02, 2014
    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 th...
  • Natalie Monroe
    Apr 20, 2014
    3.5 stars Welcome 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 t...
  • Anna
    Feb 24, 2013
    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/rMp896hfp74 This book was beautiful. Packed with so much living,...
  • James
    Feb 16, 2017
    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 Yo...
  • Luffy
    Jun 18, 2018
    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....
  • Ayesha
    Nov 14, 2013
    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 st...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Sep 26, 2012
    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads This 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 f...
  • Mo
    Dec 02, 2014
    "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 change...
  • Lola
    Apr 16, 2016
    *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... ? ...
  • Summer
    Nov 20, 2012
    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 y...
  • Candace
    Apr 01, 2013
    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 contin...
  • Nick
    Aug 27, 2014
    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. ...
  • Chloe
    Oct 19, 2014
    This book is an emotional roller coaster but I loved it! ...
  • Dannii Elle
    Aug 19, 2015
    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 ...