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{Book Review} If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

If I StayIf I Stay (If I Stay #1)
by Gayle Forman
Published April 2nd 2009 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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 family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

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This was a really quick read for me, as I’d heard it would be. If I Stay was beautifully written.
Normally I’d have gotten bored with a book that spent most of it’s time in one location, only giving me random bits about Mia’s life before. But not with this one.
My only “complaint” is I would have liked more scenes with Mia and her family. But otherwise, absolutely stunning. The character development was lovely. I felt as if I was seeing everything through Mia’s eyes and that kept me entranced. I laughed, I swooned, I cried (a lot). Great read!

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