Wenn ich bleibe: Roman by Gayle Forman

Wenn ich bleibe: Roman

byGayle Forman, Alexandra Ernst

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Bleiben oder gehen, lieben oder sterben?

Mia muss sich entscheiden: Soll sie bei ihrem Freund Adam und ihrer Familie bleiben – oder ihrer großen Liebe zur Musik folgen und mit ihrem Cello nach New York gehen? Was, wenn sie Adam dadurch verliert?

Und dann ist von einer Sekunde auf die andere nichts mehr, wie es war: Auf eisglatter Fahrbahn rast ein Lkw in das Auto, in dem Mia sitzt. Mit ihrer Familie. Sie verliert alles und steht vor der einzigen Entscheidung des Lebens: Bleiben oder gehen?

„Wenn ich bleibe” ist ein außergewöhnliches, ein berührendes Buch über die Liebe, über Freunde, Familie und das Leben. Es gibt wenige Bücher, die man nie vergisst. Dieses ist eines! Unsentimental, bewegend, tröstlich und wunderbar weise.

Title:Wenn ich bleibe: RomanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 4, 2010Publisher:Blanvalet VerlagLanguage:German

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Really good read. Pretty easy, you can get through it in a day. Really sad and beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my fav I loved this book so much. Definitely better than the second one!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable, Cliche **Spoiler** it has a sequel. I have yet to read the sequel but the fact that it has a sequel ruins the book. Although the ending was already cliche and predicable, having a sequel just confirms it. Despite the unsurprising conclusion, it is well written with multiple flashbacks. Teddy is an interesting character and I wish the novel went more in depth with their brother-sister relationship. It has very little action, then again, it is a romance novel. If I Stay leaves me a few questions: If people cannot see her but Mia can manipulate doors, can she open the door for someone or accidentally hit someone with the door or other objects? Can she "physically" pull her own wires if she wanted? Can out-of-body her feel her physical self?
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected #plumreview I don’t often read young adult books but this one held my interest.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enoyable Haven't seen the movie, but really enjoyed the book. Can't wait to read the sequel. Moment of happy, moments of sad, and moments of pure heart break. Everything I love in a YA book.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the read I went into the book not knowing a single thing about it nor the hype about it. I really enjoyed it and they "ghost" like state. It really made me look at things differently while sitting beside my dying mother and what she "may" or "may not" be taking in. The book received many negative reviews but it is one that stays with me long after the last page.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Novel This is a powerful novel that explores themes of loss, survival, and coming of age. Many of the middle-age school children are interested in this series.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved loved loved this story!! If I Stay is a very intriguing book, mostly because more than half of the story is told in the perspective of a young girl who is in between the stages of living and dying. The author did a very good job of conveying this perspective because it is not an easy task to get readers to understand the place that she is in. It is a book that displays emotion, family, love, death and more all in one suspenseful and heartfelt story that is sure to keep you flipping the pages until you reach the very end. There is a sequel to this book and as soon as I finished reading If I Stay, I ran out to go purchase the second one, Where She Went because the first book ends with a really thrilling cliffhanger. Therefore, I suggest to anyone that wants to read this book to pick up the sequel at the same time because as soon as you finish reading the first one, you will want to start reading what comes next right away, guaranteed!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from movie was better as rare as this is the movie was way better
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Young Adult Book This is a great novel for young adults which is very powerful.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A music lover's dream As both a classical musician and a rock musician, this combined the best of both worlds. From a reader's point of view, it was a captivating page-turner that definitely kept me on edge.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read, but not mind blowing Very emotional read, I kinda of expected the ending, although I loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I was told that it was hard to understand the difference jumps between the times but I found it easy and worth every minute.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Picked it up because of the movie I read this a while ago, and I started reading this book because I had heard a movie was going to be made about it. It was okay. Like others have said, the book was a little hard to follow, but nonetheless, I wanted to finish it. The perspective of the main character is what kept me interested.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I found that this book was interesting but, it was very predictable. At some points, the book became boring but other than that, it wasn't bad.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Although confusing at times, after a couple of reruns and thinking you'll definitely go "OHHHHH" Honestly I love the book so much I bought both original cover and movie cover! I just loved how Forman combined past and present with as little confusion as she possibly could, yet the emotions portrayed stayed true to each character throughout time. Although some problems in the novel relate to the music life and world, I believe that musician or not, you'll be able to learn some valuable lessons with this book. Or at least find it enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from CONFUSING I like the story but I was confused. It is kind of boring at times as well.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very good story told from a very different perspective! If I Stay is a very intriguing book, mostly because more than half of the story is told in the perspective of a young girl who is in between the stages of living and dying. The author did a very good job of conveying this perspective because it is not an easy task to get readers to understand the place that she is in. It is a book that displays emotion, family, love, death and more all in one suspenseful and heartfelt story that is sure to keep you flipping the pages until you reach the very end. There is a sequel to this book and as soon as I finished reading If I Stay, I ran out to go purchase the second one, Where She Went because the first book ends with a really thrilling cliffhanger. Therefore, I suggest to anyone that wants to read this book to pick up the sequel at the same time because as soon as you finish reading the first one, you will want to start reading what comes next right away, guaranteed!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read, a little confusing I enjoyed the interactions between the characters, although the constant time switching made it a bit confusing to follow at times.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I stay I love books that switch between time, it makes them more captivating. The characters were likable and the plot is a delight.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Characters were great The connection between the characters were what drew me to continue the book, however the switch between time can get rather confusing.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tearjerker The relationship is adorable and endearing, which just adds to the tears. The set up of the book where it goes back and forth between past and present really pulls at the heartstrings. Some parts/memories were more interesting than others, but overall, a good read.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tearjerker The relationship is adorable and endearing, which just adds to the tears. The set up of the book where it goes back and forth between past and present really pulls at the heartstrings. Some parts/memories were more interesting than others, but overall, a good read.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from heartbreaking This story is very hard to swallow. In that sense it's impactful. It lost me on the relationship with Mia and Adam. It was a bit cliché there. I was more intrigued by Mia's relationship with her family. That was what made the book so heartbreaking. Gayle Forman did a wonderful job capturing a family it would hurt to lose.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So-So This book is exactly what you expect it to be. It is written in a creative perspective, but I didn't love it. It was predictable, but I kept reading to make sure I was right. Still a good read, but definitely not the best.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I thought that this book was good but it wasn't as good as I hoped that it would be. It was hard for me to connect with the characters and the book was predictable in my opinion. I did love some parts of the book, just not enough for me to fall in love with the book.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely book I enjoyed this book. It was a light read.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I liked, but I didn't love it. I didn't feel like I could connect with either characters and kind of felt like the movie did a better job at making it more enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not live up to the hype... Characters: ok Relationships: ok Feels: definitely Relatable: not really... Pace: ok I guess Boring parts: a few Worth the Read: not really
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book! I really like reading this book!
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! OMG I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! A must read!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be Prepared To Cry I am so happy I bought this book, very well written, definitely a tear jerker (I bawled my eyes out), highly recommend this work of art.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED Amazing book. Amazing story. I couldn't put the book down after starting it!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling Good A thoughtful book which intrigued the mind and emotions
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ew This book was nasty. I forced myself to finish it but i wish i saved my time for something better. Ever feel like you were robbed of your time? Well this was exactly like it. Save your money and time!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Gets intense right from the start
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I loved it!! I enjoyed this novel and the writing style of the author
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Touching Good. Very touching ... need a big imagination
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A page turner book I can't keep my eyes off of this book. I am excited to know what will happen next. I finished this book in an instant. I really prefer the book than the movie though. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie I read this book after the movie came out. I have to say I liked this much better than the movie. So many emotions in this book
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Pleasant Surprise This little novel was actually a pleasant surprise. I do not read much YA, but like to dabble every now and then. I listened to it on audio and it held my attention and even got me a little choked up a few times. I will defiantly read the sequel, as it actually got better reviews and I find that intriguing.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific This book will really play on your heart strings. Very well written!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a Huge Fan... This book is definitely not worth the hype. It was an easy read and semi-enjoyable. But the story was just not entertaining. It was predictable and boring. I would've rated it 2 stars, had it not been for the terrible ending.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst. Just don't waste your time.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written, emotional read! Reading this book you'll definitely feel a mix of emotions. It's a great story, and definitely might get you shedding a few tears. Also a great movie!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good So many emotions! A very touching novel.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Sad This book was so full of emotion and though the subject is a hard one, I think there are many people who can sympathize with Mia's predicament. It's easy to be selfish and to think of how your actions impact yourself but it's so much harder to think about how what you do affects others around you. Mia has a tough choice to make and the nature of why she makes the choice she does is explored in the second book. This book feels real to me in a way that others of the genre do not. Splendid.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This book is actually really good. Full of emotion, and full of good writing. I don't regret picking this book up.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Juvenile Easy read - juvenile writing style, but good.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative, heartwarming, beautifully written Couldn't have asked for a better medical story. I'm a big fan of medicine so anything that requires any medical treatment gets me excited. But not only that, I had a wonderful time reading about Mia's current dilemma as well as about her past and the events that had led up to this moment. Although, I have to admit, the romantic relationships are cringey and not as well developed as I would have liked.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick read An easy read. Well written and easy to get through
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very sad story This book was very sad, but was recommended to me by many people so i gave it a shot. nice writing style, but a little too sad for my liking.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This was great...unexpected throughout. Really enjoyed..cant wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good Gives you hope that things can turn around
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful What a beautiful book! i Loved it so much!!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised me! I wasn't sure at first if this is something I would like but I loved it! It is a quick read that makes you wanting more with each page.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read Good book to kill a couple hours. Moved quickly. Was disappointed with the sequels, felt like it could have ended at the one.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing Special Though the story is entertaining, it is not quite as good as all of the hype makes it out to be. The story unfolds well and gives glimpses into the life of a teen struck by tragedy, but falls short of spectacular.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worthwhile Read but not in tune with the Hype I recently finished this novel and though the story telling is simple and enticing, the novel falls far from the hype surrounding it. The story is both tragic and beautiful and it was a very fast read, but it wasn't life changing or anything I haven't read from other authors before.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I had very high expectations for this book but, sadly, I didn't find the book to be very special. Overall the book was well written and included beautifully written details but, the book didn't wow me as much as i hoped it to.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good This novel is heartwrenching. A must read.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good. With all the praise I thought this book would at least be interesting. Nope, the writing wasn't very good at all and the plot was fairly predictable. There was a lot of awkward moments and I didn't feel anything for the characters. One of the only books I have gotten rid of after reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Written for young audience. Very poorly written. I rarely give books a poor review but this one really disappointed me. The plot is good just poor execution.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Decided to read the book after watching the trailer. Glad I did. Great book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I saw the movie first and then wanted to read the book, it was great to get a little bit more background and info. Great read!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointed Didn't like all the back and forth between past and present and the ending left me disappointed. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this novel! If I Stay kept me reading and never wanting to put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional This is an amazing book. Never read this author before but can't wait to red the next one. Awesome.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Characters are very likable, and the relationships are exceptionally written
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book! What can I say about this book. I can't believe I have been putting this book aside for so long. It's one of those books that will stay with you. I don't read contemporary books that much so I was little hesitant at first. When I first read the synopsis I had no idea what was waiting for me during those first pages. Mia has an out-of-her-body experience and watches herself as doctors try to do everything they can to save her body. She had an accident and now she gets to see everything that happens around her even if her body is in coma. Being in this position is confusing but not as confusing as it is when she faces a choice of whether to live or stay. Mia has a lovely family and even lovelier boyfriend Adam. Adam plays a huge role in this book. Thinking of the book and wanting to say more about it I realize that I have to be very careful not to spoil anything. It's one of those books that you'll have to read to find out what it means to you. The book deals with loss, grief, loving and letting go. Music plays a central role in this book as Mia and her family and even her boyfriend are musicians or lovers of music. Gayle Forman captured me with her beautiful writing. As Mia faces the new reality of her life the author gives us a glimpse at her life before the accident. We get to know how she met Adam, know her parents and of course her love for the celo. This book is very emotional and deals with different kinds of emotions. Did I cry? Yes. Not throughout the entire book but there were certain parts that I just couldn't not to. The whole time reading this book I felt sad about what was happening. Saying that this book is awesome feels wrong somehow due to the dept this book has and what it deals with. It's one those books that will stay with you for a long time after you're read it. If I Stay was kept in my mind for days after I read it and couldn't read another book because I wasn't ready to let it go. I would tell anyone who loves books to read this. I even got my mom interested in it, when she learned what was this book about, and she doesn't even read to begin with.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unsatisfying I didn't like the story, I didn't like the characters, I didn't like the ending. It didn't live up to my expectations. Too much back and forth between past and present, quite boring.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I liked the book when I first read it, and loved how it was structured and the story as a whole.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites! I got the box set (came with "if i stay" and "where she went") last year, for Christmas. I have read If I Stay 3 times all ready. Each time i've read this book i can't put it down. It is a bit different from the movie so if you have watched the movie you could still read this book. It's a page turner and i completely recommend this book. Great Christmas gift!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It's a quick read but amazing
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ok Read it beacuse of the movie coming out. Didn't find the book to be that great.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It I finished reading this in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. I loved the first book, but the sequel was very disappointing though.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book! The concept was really cool and I loved the writing. The story is told through flashbacks and I really got to feel the beauty of life throughout this book. Love loved loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful story One morning, Mia and her family decide to go on a roadtrip since it is a Snow Day and there is no school for Mia and her little brother. The only problem: when it is Snow Day the streets are usually really slippy and dangerous. That is why Mia’s family have a car accident. Now in a coma between life and death, Mia has to decides if she wants to stay or go. This book was amazing! I loved it so much! I was only half way through and I already wanted to give it five stars… What I preferred the most about this book is that it really makes you think about your priorities in life because of what Mia is going through. Also, throughout the book I reflected a lot about I would do being in the place of Mia. The writing style was really fast paced with the story of the present and flashbacks from the past that help us understanding better what Mia is feeling during her decision process. There are a lot of musical references since music takes a big part in Mia’s life and there were a lot of those references that I did not understand. Mostly because they were about classical music or old rock and that I don’t listen a lot to those genres. Luckily, on Gayle Forman’s website there is a playlist of the music she mentions throughout the book and we can listen to them, and even buy them if you enjoy some. In conclusion, I cannot wait to see the movie! And I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good and heartbreaking contemporary.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good. Was good but also pretty sad.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meeeh I guess I was just expecting so much more. I had to actually beat myself up to finish that book..
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sad I found this book super sad. I think it was well down for such a depressing matter
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning and Beautiful One of my favourite books. Heartbreaking and thought provoking, I will read this book for years to come.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it Enjoyed the book. Excited to see the movie and compare them.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW I had a lot of feelings reading this book. It's more of those journey books, less of a "quest: time book. The concepts are interesting and wonderfully written, all in all, I liked it very much.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I hate this book so much. When I heard about it's movie adaptation, my curiosity was peaked. So, naturally I read the book before reading the movie. I think that the trailer might've set the bar for the book too high or something, because this is one of the worst books I've ever read. Conceptually, it's interesting, and has some endearing characters, but Forman's target audience is teenagers and she missed. When reading the book, I felt as if it was written for a fifth grader, or someone with that level of literacy. This has been the only time I have ever said in my life, that the movie was actually better than the book.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it this story is written so well that you can feel what the characters are going thought.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light read Not a happy story but written in the way that I enjoyed it. Very light read that everyone will understand. Good book if you want to read something and relax.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just amazing I watched the movie when it came out, and since then I've wanted to read the book, and oh my god it was amazing! Foreman's writing is amazing, and everything flowed so smoothly. The story was beautiful, and I just love everything about it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love love LOVE LOVE this book; where do i even begin, its just wonderful amazing beautiful written like all of Gayle Formans other books. this one in fact was one of the best. Mia is a cellist keeps to herself and would not go for Adam, they fall in love yadayadayada, although the car crash come quite quickly in the book and i found that it was confusing when they jumped back and forth between the dates, other than that it is an amazing book
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book! Such a diverse book it's one of my favorites!
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an experience!! Excellent book!! :) If I stay was an amazing book. Heads up folks….the beginning is pretty graphic. The effects of the car crash are described in great detail. Gayle Forman really took you there, as she does throughout the book. Scenes from the past and scenes from the present are seamlessly intertwined through the main characters senses. It was easy to follow and always came back around to the point at hand. Seriously, job well done Gayle! This book will tug at your heart strings and make you appreciate the life you have! It will make you realize the important things in life, like family, friends and love.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book :) When I started reading this book I couldn't stop!! It was really good :) I really enjoyed it. Great author <3
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Even if it's a bit slow in the beginning, this books is so great because of the storyline in general. When you read this book you go through so many emotions, i felt like it was my story even if it's actually not.
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read A little slow to get going this book makes up for it in the end from about halfway thru I sat until I was done!
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great This book was good. I thought it would be more adventurous and thriller. I guess romance is not my cup of tea. I was confused at the end if she stays? i only reAlizd she stays until i saw the second book.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Was a great quick read, definitely tugged at the heart strings! Excited to begin the next in the series!
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Could have been better. I liked how she had to make a choice there was an out of body experience.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! The book was amazing.I watched the movie first and had to read the book.I cried the entire book.I can't wait to read the sequel.I recomend it to anyone who enjoyed The Fault in our Stars
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If i stay "If i stay" was a powerful book with lots of emotion, but, there was not alot of action in-between the larger moments. It could have been a more ACTION-PACKED book, but, for the most of it, I enjoyed it. - Kaesha
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from if I stay I loved this book! It only took me a matter of days to read! I can't wait to read and see what happens next to Mia in the next novel called where I went.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If i stay Wonderful.... Saw the movie first....had to read book..... Book of course better than movie. Can't wait to start sequel
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If i stay This book is very touching about chosing to let go of life and staying after an horable accadent tha has happend to her
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good read It was a nice book...I wouldn't put it into my shelf of 'outstanding' books though but it was a different kind of love. I was expecting more of Adam. I grabbed the book when I saw the movie ad although I haven't seen the movie yet. They say its an intense, different story...I was expecting more love in the love story. But still...the writer did a really good job.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I saw the movie trailer then I thought I HAVE GOT TO READ THAT BOOK. So I stumble on the book in chapter and I just couldn't not get it so I bought it, when I started to read it wasn't too bad just a normal girl that loves to play the cello. But it was unique that how she plays the cello but yet her parents were former punk band members when they were younger, which makes her kinda the black sheep in the family ( I know the feeling) for her music taste. Yet again she falls for this guy that's the most popular guy in school and a member of the locals rising fame rock band. Even when everything seems to be going so great for her, it all changed in that one moment, she doesn't know what's happening and she's trying her best to figure out as much as she can. It's a lovely story.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I hated it I really did not like this book it just didn't catch my interest it just didn't have a lot of action so I hated I his book sorry to those who loved it,it just wasn't for me
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soo sad!!!!!!!! Such a beautifuly sad book i literally cried the whole time i was reading it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(#
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If I Stay I enjoyed this book for its quality in writing, it was artful and descriptive. It just wasn't for me. Firstly because of my beliefes but I will keep those to myself. Secondly im a random teenager, and being a teenager you cant expect me to appreciate something just because of its quality, to me it was a little slow but hey, you might not share this opinion, and granted this is my first book review so the construction and order of my critiques may be askew. Anyway it took uo some of my time and I appreciate that so three stars.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read me The book was ok i mean i didnt really like that nothing happens after the car crash just flashbacks. Thanks, Lydia
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What i thought of the book This is the kind of book that will inspire you to read, to help your understanding of the true meaning of love and to prosper that meaning. I hope you find that yu could read this book over and over again for this is the kind of book to prove you right.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre This book was a very fast read, in fact, I finished it in one sitting. I really wanted to like this book after seeing all the hype, but it did not meet my expectations whatsoever. The story was extremely rushed, there was no chemistry between Adam and Mia at all, and the events were no where near "touching" like the critics said. I'm super disappointed because I really wanted to like this book. ):
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Title is right on. Loved it so much, I have read it 3 or4 Times already,and I am sure I will pick it up again. It Is fascinating and well done,thank you.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If i stay So excited to read this book. I have seen the trailor of the movie and can not even wait to read the book . Great job Gayle Forman. Can not wait to read this book.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If i stay You should put it for free so you get more customer's and so I buy it because it costs to much for me.
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG AMAZING This book is so beautiful. I managed not to cry, up until the part when Teddy dies. Read this book!!
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This book was a nice easy read I'm glad there's a second book it felt like it was left unfinished
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth it This book is boring!! I had to push myself to finish it. Certainly hope the movie is better than the book!!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth it This book is boring!! I had to push myself to finish it. Certainly hope the movie is better than the book!!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth it This book is boring!! I had to push myself to finish it. Certainly hope the movie is better than the book!!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This was BAD After reading John green books, this seemed awful. Read his books instead
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've ever read! I bought this book because the movie was coming out so I thought I should read it first and I'm glad I did because I couldn't stop reading, I think I read this in like 5 days.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from mixed feelings I recently bought this book when I heard the movie was coming out. I had just finished the day I saw the movie so it was fresh in my mind. The book jumps back and forth from the present to the past. I didn't notice when the read the book but in the movie she sees the past as being so happy although I am sure there were a lot of unhappy moments too. I think the book is well written but it was a bit drawn out and I was not happy with the ending. For me I don't always expect a happy ending but it has to be satisfying and this was not.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotional and fascinating read! I didn't have much expectations for this book as I don't typically read romance stories, however this one has been getting great reviews and I was curious to find out why. Despite the sad nature of the events in the story, it is written with such clarity and is so full of emotion that you cannot help but be drawn into it. Yes it is sad, but that's equally balanced with flashbacks of the characters happier memories and experiences growing up. I was surprised by how riveting it was to read, I felt like I was sneaking a peek into the diary of a close friend. I enjoyed it so much that I am now looking forward to reading the sequel (and kicking myself for not buying the box set to begin with!).
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely heartwrenching and beautiful I couldn't put this novel down. The story was so hauntingly beautiful and I couldn't help but fall in love with Mia and Adam.
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic, Poignant, Beautiful... Although this book may not look like much, or may even seem cliche by what the back cover shows, it is nothing like that. If I Stay captures the beauty of life, death and everything in between. You get to live the life of 17 year old Mia, through her experiences, her downfalls, and ultimately a huge, beautiful miracle. She has an out-of-body experience and gets to see things she had never discovered before, the sincerity of her family, the friendship between her two most favorited people in the world...and much, much more. She gets to see the meaning of life, even though she is young, she gets the choice to stay, or go. Stay with the people who are waiting on her to return, crying, pleading her to come back, or those she lost in the accident that changed her life. Very recommended, and you may need tissues!!!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic, Poignant, Beautiful... Although this book may not look like much, or may even seem cliche by what the back cover shows, it is nothing like that. If I Stay captures the beauty of life, death and everything in between. You get to live the life of 17 year old Mia, through her experiences, her downfalls, and ultimately a huge, beautiful miracle. She has an out-of-body experience and gets to see things she had never discovered before, the sincerity of her family, the friendship between her two most favorited people in the world...and much, much more. She gets to see the meaning of life, even though she is young, she gets the choice to stay, or go. Stay with the people who are waiting on her to return, crying, pleading her to come back, or those she lost in the accident that changed her life. Very recommended, and you may need tissues!!!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic, Poignant, Beautiful... Although this book may not look like much, or may even seem cliche by what the back cover shows, it is nothing like that. If I Stay captures the beauty of life, death and everything in between. You get to live the life of 17 year old Mia, through her experiences, her downfalls, and ultimately a huge, beautiful miracle. She has an out-of-body experience and gets to see things she had never discovered before, the sincerity of her family, the friendship between her two most favorited people in the world...and much, much more. She gets to see the meaning of life, even though she is young, she gets the choice to stay, or go. Stay with the people who are waiting on her to return, crying, pleading her to come back, or those she lost in the accident that changed her life. Very recommended, and you may need tissues!!!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic, Poignant, Beautiful... Although this book may not look like much, or may even seem cliche by what the back cover shows, it is nothing like that. If I Stay captures the beauty of life, death and everything in between. You get to live the life of 17 year old Mia, through her experiences, her downfalls, and ultimately a huge, beautiful miracle. She has an out-of-body experience and gets to see things she had never discovered before, the sincerity of her family, the friendship between her two most favorited people in the world...and much, much more. She gets to see the meaning of life, even though she is young, she gets the choice to stay, or go. Stay with the people who are waiting on her to return, crying, pleading her to come back, or those she lost in the accident that changed her life. Very recommended, and you may need tissues!!!
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and solid, but not all that it's made up to be This is a hauntingly beautiful book, and I do love it... but not all of it. The writing is good and strong, Forman conveys emotion extremely well and writes at a nice pace. The story is taking place in real time and going back to tell readers about her past - this really gives readers a chance to see who Mia really is throughout the whole book, and we get a chance to see all sides of her from different parts of her life. The romance is amazing, and I think that it is one of the most realistic young adult romances I have read; it doesn't dumb down anything, and it expresses true feelings but also includes the awkward stages and problems Mia and Adam go through. I wouldn't give this book five stars because it didn't completely hold me. Yes, it had my attention, but some parts are a lot slower and not as interesting. And Mia got on my nerves more than once - so did Adam, her boyfriend. The characters are realistic, which I like, but sometimes (especially with Mia), it's the annoying, frustrating realistic. And her family seems so, too... not perfect, but just not right, in the way that is too right for a teen romance novel. But overall, this story is profoundly moving and executed very well. I LOVE the ending, everything about the last five pages. That and the music element and the romance are my favourite parts. I am definitely going to read the second book, but i'm nervous as to where it will lead and whether I will like it. I'm soooo looking forward to the movie, too, and the actors seem like a solid fit from what I've seen. But yes, I do recommend this novel. In my opinion, it's not amazing, but it's strong and touching and really great.
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! It's a really good book and it made me realise a lot of things..I recommend it for the fans of TFIOS! It's what I what expecting(the order of the events) but it was an amazing book
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what an amazing book i can't explain how much i loved it! omg if i stay i would read it over and over again no doubt it was so amazing and the cello part of it all genius! i mean a cello player seeing herself in a coma was soo cool such imagery i am soo excited for the movie and i think they really did well with the cast so before you watch the movie read the book first
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of The most Amazing Books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I went to go see TFIOS I saw the preview for this book and I decided to give it a try. From the minute I opened it I couldn't stop reading. this book is truly amazing that comes with a beautiful message.
Date published: 2014-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book If I Stay is an incredible book! it only took me two days, i could never stop reading because the author did such an amazing job leaving you hungry for more information at the end of each chapter. It shows you how powerful love is. When you're reading about something Mia and Adam did together its hard not to get emotional. This book will leave you thinking about it even months after its over, a beautiful novel like this really makes an impact on your life. 5 stars, its one of the best books I have ever read! I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not what i was expecting at all i got this from the library, ready for a change from dystopian society books but i couldn't even get through the first half. i found the car accident was not gripping and i find it extremely boring how she's always going back and remembering stuff. i did not like the whole 'music prodigy' thing because it seemed so unrealistic. but i DID like the idea of her being outside of body that was a interesting concept. but overall i did not enjoy this books. if your like me, looking for books that aren't dystopian i would recommend: the fault in our stars (john green), a monster calls (patrick ness), miss pergrinnes home for peculiar children (ransom riggs) and if your looking for a extremely unique dystopian read the maze runner because it's my all time favourite trilogy.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Neat Storyline In my opinion, If I Stay by Gayle Forman was a disappointing read. Although it had a very interesting storyline and idea behind it, I found it repetitive as Mia watched her body be cared for in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital while she contemplates fighting for her life or taking the easy way out and just letting go. I enjoyed the idea behind the story being from the perspective of an out-of-body spirit, watching her family and friends grieve for her condition, and worry that she may not survive. That, in my opinion, is not something many people would think to write about so I thought that was a great premise for a book! Overall, I do not believe that I will be reading the second book in this series. Although it may be different than the first book and could be a good read, I don’t feel the need to continue the story. However, if you do read and enjoy the books let me now what you thought of the second one. I am always open to being surprised. 
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So so beautiful! This is my second time reading this book, and it was just as amazing as the first. IF I STAY is heartbreaking, heart warming, loving, and sad. It's so sad but also so beautiful. The love Mia gets from her family and her boyfriend is so strong, it warms your heart as you read the heartbreaking reality that her family has died in a horrific collision. There are flashbacks from particular moments in her life that involve little things her family has done, first dates with her boyfriend, and overall happy moments. Then it flashes back to the reality that her body is in a state of a coma as her presence is able to see everything going on around her. Essentially, the concept like the CTV show, SAVING HOPE. Only this book came before the show. This is one of my favourite books; I'd DEFINITELY recommend the sequel, WHERE SHE WENT. It's a beautiful sequel to a beautiful story. The critics are right when they say this story sticks with you for a long time. However, I don't see the connection to TWILIGHT as the review on the cover says. It is not TWILIGHT in any way.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All kinds of Love I basically went on an emotional roller coaster because of this book. Everyone was telling me that it was a good book, so I already had high expectations. If I Stay just blew me away, not just because of the story, but because of how it got me to think of how death works. Mia was in a coma state after she got into a car accident. Her parents and brother are already gone, but she's still got nurses and doctors fighting for her, and family who are rooting for her. Mia's in a kind of ghost form, but she's not dead. She can only do things normal humans can do, but no one can see her. If I Stay alternates between stories from her past, and also what's going on in the hospital as well. It was great because the stories of her past always had something to do with her right now. She had to make a decision of whether or not to stay, to go back to her body, or to truly die. I was completely torn. On one hand, her brother and parents were dead. She had such a close relationship that most teenagers don't have with her parents and siblings and I really adored that about Mia. But on the other hand, she had a boyfriend and a best friend that she loved as well. Not only that, but also family who cares about her a lot. If you read this, you'd understand why I was torn. Mia thought she lost everything, but she still had family as well. Even more so, with Mia talking about her past, I got to know all the characters better, and see that they really did care about her. I doubted Mia and Adam's love at first, but her past just convinced me that their love was real. Also, while alternating, I could just see the way Mia started changing the way she worded her thoughts. At first she was unsure, then she sounded like she was finally standing in the right position, only to be finally, thrown off. This is another one of those death novels, where it gets you to think about life. Like, truly, deeply, think about it. I mean, one day, like any other day, like Mia, something could go wrong. If I Stay was so meaningful and deep, it's a great read if you're in the mood for love. Not just romantic love, but love for friends and family as well.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional but Worth It I was very hesitant when I picked this novel up since I'm not normally one for realistic teenage drama, but am I ever glad that I did. I read the entire book in one sitting because I simply couldn't stop, partly because I started crying at page 60 and continued for the rest of the book. It was totally worth it and leaves you with a great out look on your life when you finish. Gayle Forman worked magic with Mia, for someone who was described as very different from who I am, Forman wrote in such a way that I couldn't help feeling that I was connected with Mia and going through everything that she was, which is a sign of a great author. Definitely one that everybody should read once in their life, just bring tissue's.
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :D I really like how the author was vary picky [But in a good way] about how the story and the details of the story were told. The characters were amazing and I also think that she was picky about the what the maid character was feeling about the situation thoughout the story. I loved how the other characters were different but brought together all the same: Music. The plot was well planned out and was great. Kudos to the author! :D
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novel If I stay was everything I wanted, but not what I expected. Not necessarily a bad thing. I loved how emotional this book was, and the plot was great. The characters are brilliant and you never get bored listening to them tell the story. Although it was a short book, it was amazing at the same time, and thoroughly packed with a great story. I can't wait to see what happens to everyone in book 2!
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Emotional Read This book was beautifully written, but the only thing I would've loved to learn more about her feelings and the in moment, then her reminiscing a lot about the past. I found at some points it got long when she reminisced about the past and I just wanted to go to the present moment to see what was happening. It is a beautiful little book, with emotion and it makes you see how people admit how they trully feel when it sometimes is too late. I find that for people in Mia's situation that is exactly what she needed a caring and loving family to help her through her situation. I believe in being lifted out of your body and being able to see and hear the people around you when you are in a comprimising situation and it kind of reminded me of my grandfather when he passed away, that is why I related to this book a lot. It is worth the read :)
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A simple story, eloquently & beautifully written If I Stay is about a girl whose musically-enriched life is forever changed in the blink of an eye. Precariously balanced between life & death, she reflects upon her life and all that she has lost versus what she will still have to live for. A simple story, eloquently and beautifully written. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of If I Stay until the sequel, Where She Went, won Best Young Adult Fiction on Goodreads for 2011. Although the book (pleasantly) surprised me, it was nothing like what I was expecting. Based on a slightly different synopsis on this Goodreads page, it led me to believe that she had amnesia about the accident and couldn’t remember anything about it. Based on the quote by USA Today right on the cover that this book “will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer’s TWILIGHT” was equally misleading. Other than the fact that her consciousness is floating around, contemplating whether she should stay or go – there really is no other “paranormal” aspect about the book. No vampires, no werewolves, no real connection between Twilight fans and those who would like If I Stay. Initial impressions aside, I flew through this book. It’s an easy read, jumping back and forth from pre- & post- accident. Flashes of her life are reflected on and have moments that will make you tear up, tug at your heart strings, and appreciate what you have. This and other reviews can be found at JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful book! ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** This was an interesting book. I can’t remember what made me pick it up in the bookstore (OK, I lie – the comment that fans of Twilight would love this book pretty much sold me), but I’m happy I did. Gayle Forman’s If I Stay was emotional, touching, and wrenched the heartstrings – not something I’ve been getting in my latest reads of vampire fiction and chick lit. If I Stay begins with a car crash in which Mia’s mother and father and little brother, Teddy, are killed. Mia is in a coma, but her spirit is sticking around. Through the course of a day the reader enters the life of Mia, before the accident. We learn of her relationship with her parents, her friends, her one love Adam – the ups and downs that have happened thus far in her life. Interspersed with the past is the now – the 24 hours at the hospital. Mia watches as her remaining family and friends visit her, giving her well wishes and telling her to choose whether she will stay or go. While the majority of the book focuses more on Mia’s life rather than her choice, in the final pages Mia is thrown into a decision – do I come back? Or do I leave? I’m not sure it’s something that many people think about—actually having a choice—but it’s something that Mia has to deal with for one day. The ending is kind of silly – coming back for love – but there is one line in the story that really got to me. Mia, having lost her parents and her little brother in the crash, is listening to one of her many visitors talk to her as she lays in the hospital bed and is told that she still has a family. Death might be a touchy subject for some, but this sometimes-lighthearted, sometimes-heavy read makes sure to not make it the only focal point. It makes the reader realize that no matter what happens in life, there’s [usually] always someone there for you, whether it’s a friend or a distant relative. It’s easy to say you have nothing when something so horrible happens and sometimes it takes a miracle to pull you back to reality—the reality that the word “family” is sometimes extended past the people you’re related to by blood, to the people you never thought would be there to care.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, beautiful book! I originally picked this up because it sounded like it was going to be emotionally gripping, and it was exactly that. It's short - only 200 pages - but beautifully written from the beggining to the end. I loved every part of it: the suspension of disbelief was done quite well, and it never lacked emotion.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devastatingly Beautiful Originally posted at http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com I waited too long to read this book and I have no idea why. Finally, I got myself a copy of this so well acclaimed book and turned I to the first page hoping to read something that I will always remember. If I Stay by Gayle Forman was exactly that! This book is an unforgettable and heart wrenching story that took my breath away from the very first to the last page. It is so sad to read such tragic story filled with so much love and that it was actually inspired from real life. This is one of the things I really appreciate from contemporary books, they expose reality even when it can be so cruel to the point that they seem impossible to bear. Real life is a roller coaster, If I Stay is one as well. Gayle Forman touches a very delicate theme in this book. What if we could choose to live or to die? If I Stay is a book that can leaves you staring into space and thinking for hours about this topic over and over again. I loved the fact that Forman narrates the story from Mia's first person point of view. The voice is so real, strong and powerful that I found myself empathizing and sympathizing with Mia from beginning to end. Adam and Kim are certainly among my favorite characters in the story. They intensify Mia's struggle even more and I felt so thankful to have them there in Mia's life. Forman uses a lot of flashbacks to narrates this story which is told in a very different way from most books I read. I think Forman flawlessly succeed to tell this story in the best way it could possible have ever been written. If I Stay is book that I would certainly recommend to everyone looking for a meaningful and powerful read. This book is absolutely a must-read! Beautiful in its own devastating and tragic kind of way, Gayle Forman puts readers through heart wrenching read filled of despair and hope. I think If I Stay is one of those books that besides teaching and reinforcing values, it makes you re-evaluate life. When you think there is nothing left for you to live, or when you think that some things are too hard for you to bear, pick up this book and you may find that there is at least one reason good enough for you to Stay.
Date published: 2011-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding, made me cry !!!! SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT !!!! this book was one of the best i've ever read and i've read a lot of books. the characters seemed so vivid and real and beliveable i actually cried when i heard that teddy had died ( i listened to the audio book ) i have never cried because of a book before. i loved that music was a big part in this book with mia going to julliard and being a cellist and how music brought adam and mia together. and that music woke mia from her coma. i'm a musician so i loved all the refrences to real songs. i found the book just a little to graphic like the car accident part when i heard that there were bits of gray things across the road i gasped in horror but aside from that the book was perfect just don't read it if you're sad or feeling a bit depressed because its quite dark. take the time to read this you will not regret it.
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really, really good Now this, this was a lovely read. First of all, and this HAS to be mentioned: I loved Gayle Forman's way with words... This is the first book that I read from him and the way he describes things, to me, feels so real... I could feel the music, almost hear it. Now unto the storyline: I think all characters were great and had great interaction, thought the idea behind the book was great and a lot of discussions can start from it and everything, well, worked together perfectly. I thought, as beautiful as the ending was, that it might have been a little too rushed... but that's the only complaint I can actually think about
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Novel!! If I Stay is a tear-jerker that will illicit emotions about things buried deep inside you. There are so many words I could use to describe this story: inspiring, funny, visceral, humbling, touching, powerful, sad but yet calming. Young Mia is a cellist who lives with her wonderfully happy family who are all musically inclined, or at least enjoys and appreciates music for the feelings and emotions it can bring out in us. Young Mia faces a tragedy that is so profound you’ll be shaking your head wondering how such a young girl is going to be able to cope with what lays before her and the decision she has to make. This is a story that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned. A book for everyone to enjoy!
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I was unable to put this book down. You immediately fall in love with the characters and are able to feel was Mia is going through. This book is full of love and realizing the different types of love, from just the family type.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My New Favorites Mia is a talented Cellist, with a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, and a bright future ahead of her, having just had a very successful audition at Julliard. Then one day, on a family drive, everything changes. Suddenly, Mia's family is gone. And she's in critical condition, living off of machines and tubes. She's somewhere outside her body, watching everything happen to her, happen to her family, but not feeling any of it, and no one can see her. From there, Mia has to decide whether to stay, or to stop fighting, and go. But what will happen to Mia if she leaves? Or what will happen if she stays? This book is emotional from the very beginning, reading it, it brought me nearly to tears, which is a difficult feat, since I think I've only ever got choked up reading a book once or twice. Mia's emotions feel so real, as do the other character's. Flashbacks to what life was like for Mia before the accident, make you feel even more for her, and you can sympathize with every feeling she has, every doubt, every wish to move on and every wish to remain with what family and friends she has. If I Stay is a brand new type of novel, one I haven't seen before, and I definitely recommend it to just about everyone. If you want to be touched, moved, and dive into someone elses world completely, read If I Stay, and you will not be disappointed. This book is definitely in my list of favorites now, for sure.
Date published: 2010-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyable and different I picked this up based on a review on a website and loved it. It was a fascinating and hearbreaking read. I would highly recommend it to anyone, whether young or old. I will certainly be looking for other books by this author.
Date published: 2010-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Wow! I found this book absoutley touching. ~POSSIBLE SPOILERS~ I love how she has to make a choice and her boyfriend helps her. Its mesmerizing!
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gave me Chills... I picked up Gayle Forman's "If I Stay" by random curiosity and I was mesmerized, Shocked even! This intense, yet delicate, story had me emotionally torn--constantly wondering what would happen to Mia. She's a talented high school student with an incredible family and a loving boyfriend. Her future is crystal clear until it all changes in one instant. Now, because of a terrible car accident Mia is caught between life and death. She must decide: Will she go on living or Will she pass onto the "other side"? Will she stay or leave? Mia is forced to choose, even if it means losing everything she loves. This book was similar in tone to Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Each book considers the afterlife, but what sets Mia apart is her freedom of choice. Mia has to witness what effect her condition has on those around her, she hears what they say - their prayers, their pleas and bargans. Each moment brings her closer to her decision and the intensity kept me hooked. If I Stay was a powerful look at the bond of family, the gift of life and freedom of choice. I sincerly trust you'll enjoy every minute.
Date published: 2010-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a different, interesting viewpoint 3.5 stars Mia is 17-years old and likes her family. Her parents are cool and she has a younger brother (Teddy) she loves. One day, they go out for a drive and… ****POSSIBLE SPOILERS**** they are in a car accident. Mia and Teddy are rushed to the hospital, but Mia is outside her body, watching as everything happens. The book centers around Mia watching what is happening at the hospital, plus her thinking back on her life. She has recently fallen in love, and has auditioned to get into Julliard. She must decide if she will stay… ****END POSSIBLE SPOILERS**** It was good. It was a different, interesting viewpoint as Mia tried to make a decision with so many conflicting emotions.
Date published: 2010-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unlike Anything I've Ever Read Before If I Stay is unlike any other book I've read before, and that's saying a lot because I always have a book on the go. Heartbreaking, romantic, tragic, riveting- there are so many words that could describe this book and just how good it was. Gayle Forman weaves a beautiful tale about seventeen-year old Mia, a girl with a loving family and boyfriend, and one with a passion for playing cello. Then, in an instant, her life is shattered when she gets into a car accident with her family. Mia awakens, only to find that no one can see her, and that her parents are dead while paramedics frantically hurry to try to save her life on the side of the road. She doesn't understand what's going on but she follows the paramedics as they speed her body to a hospital. What follows is a heartrending story that switches from moments in Mia's past and back to the present, where she's lying in the hospital. While Mia can only watch as life continues in the hospital, she thinks about the most important question- should she stay? Throughout the novel, I was crying on and off as I felt all of Mia's pain and loss. You'll be kept guessing until the very end if she'll decide to ultimately stay or not, a fact that had my eyes glued to each page. I was sucked in from the very beginning and never did I try to itch forward and read ahead because the book always had my full attention. If I Stay is certainly not a lighthearted book, but I would definitely recommend giving it a read. You can also check out the review here: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/07/if-i-stay-by-gayle-forman.html
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Story *4.5 Stars Gayle Forman's If I Stay is a heartbreaking musing on life and death, the in between, and the decision to go one way or the other. As a story, Forman has accomplished some really remarkable things with it. For one thing, the whole course of it takes place within a very short period of time, but through flashbacks we get a sense of all of the characters. The emotions are very raw and the characterization is very intense. The relationships between characters are portrayed very dynamically. Personally, I'm not particularly fond of the reasons for Mia's final decision; it felt a little abrupt and easy and sort of brought down the whole book a little. 3 It's undeniable though that Forman's got a great way with words. With beautiful writing, great descriptions and a unique story-telling style, Forman's If I Stay is an gorgeously heartbreaking story.
Date published: 2010-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivating! This would have to be one of the most moving novels I have read in a long time. I was in tears majority of the time reading this; it is emotional and extremely heart breaking/heart warming at the same time. Gayle’s writing is absolutely beautifully written and this novel can be read over and over again I guarantee! The main characters courage is positively motivating throughout the entire novel. If I stay is a novel you will want to pick up and is totally worth getting into it will change your focus but at the same time in the end it will make you feel sympathy for the character. Overall, this book was simply amazing.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alirght i didnt really find this book that interseting, i found it kind of boring, it didnt hold my attention, it was still good but i expected better,
Date published: 2010-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman is one of the most moving novels I have ever read. I was reduced to tears several times. It is heart-breaking and heart-warming, tragic but beautiful. Wonderfully written, “If I Stay” switches between both past and present, but at the same time both are connected. The plot centers on a single choice, the most difficult choice one could ever have to make. And it will get you thinking. What would you do if you had to choose?
Date published: 2010-04-18