If I stay by Gayle Foreman


I I stay

If I stay is the inspiring story of the musically talented Mia. One day, everything changes. After school is cancelled, the family decide to visit her Grandparents, but in a second the winter journey goes terribly wrong as they collide with a truck. As one of Mia’s favourite cello pieces plays in the untouched car radio, a horrendous scene unfolds as her ambulance arrives. When she is unconscious she has an out-of-body experience which means that she is fully aware of what is going on, but soon Mia is faced with a decision that will change everything. Will she stay, or will she go?

This book is very emotional, which the author captures perfectly. Mia is an inspirational lead character as she is a very talented musician which certainly influenced me with my musical instruments. The only thing about this book is the ending. It is one of the biggest cliff-hangers I have ever read, so it is very frustrating because I really wanted a few pages after that to explain the aftermath of that event. Sometimes there was not much pace, as the main event took place at the very beginning, while a good proportion of the rest of the book was made up of flashbacks. However, I found that all of the characters were well developed and meant that you could share their emotions.

So, overall, I recommend If I stay to you if you enjoy YA Romance. The second book, Where she went, is from the point of view of Adam, and after reading the first chapter that was included in the back of my cover, I think I might read it.

Sorry this review was shorter that my previous one, but hopefully I will be able to do a longer one soon.

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