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Review: If I stay

Author: Gayle Formanif-i-stay

Pages: 201

Genre: Young Adult- Romance


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.

I read If I stay during this read-a-thon I did back in July, I know, long time ago. So I feel like some details might slip my mind so bare with me. Oh and this review is SPOILER FREE YAY!

Gayle Forman has created such an emotionally powerful novel, its one of those books that stays with you and leaves you  questioning your life. 


The book is set out between the current event and the main character Mia’s past. This provided a nice background to Mia and the decisions that she makes.  Despite the whole novel being one big emotional roller coaster of happiness and grief it never seemed sappy, I mean these emotions were realistic and perfectly suited the situation the characters were in. Again the switch between timelines was done so seamlessly and it all flowed very nicely.


It’s a short book and the story itself is based around only a couple of days but the depth of the emotions just makes it appear so elongated and you just emerge yourself in this world, it’s like a vortex of heavy stuff and it just sucks you in.

In saying that. At the end (no spoilers don’t worry) I would’ve liked an epilogue just so readers can see what happens next. But there is a sequel to this book so that explains it I guess.


I saved the best for last! Yes the characters in this book were so amazing and they developed so beautifully ahh!

I loved how Mia played the cello and she was like a normal teenager, unsure about her life. Her relationship with Adam (her boyfriend) had ups and downs but despite their differences they still chose to stay together which in my eyes is so realistic.

I love Mia’s family: her cool dad who was in a band, her mum who is so kickass! and Teddy her little brother, they’re such a supportive family.

Getting to know all the different personalities in the book and their weird habits made me connect on a whole new level. I also love the musical aspect which just seems to bond everyone.  This is the book that made me appreciate classical music even more and especially Cellist. If you’re a Cellist or know of anyone who plays the Cello, I’m already a fan.



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