If I Stay by Gayle Foreman Review

'If I Stay' by Gayle Foreman
‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Foreman

The novel ‘If I Stay’ is a beautiful and heartwarming story that had me in tears on and off throughout the book. I’ve read very few contemporary novels, so I’m new to the genre. But I consider myself a fan of sorts, and as a fan I honestly loved this book! It was a great story that was also easy to read. This is also the 1st time I have read a book by Gayle Foreman so I cannot wait to read more from her.

(Goodreads Synopsis)

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 heart achingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

 

The book overall was and enjoyable read. Foreman’s novel was interesting in ways that are different from books I’ve read before. The story is told from the perspective of Mia’s ghost or spirit in a way that was not only intriguing but questioning.

Mia’s character tells most of the story in a series of flashbacks. This is probably my favorite thing about this book is the way it was written. The beginning of the book introduces the characters and it’s a bit later that the car wreck/tragedy strikes. It is then that Mia’s “spirt” tells the story.

You don’t know the characters a whole lot in the beginning to really understand or love them yet, but it’s from Mia’s telling of them through her memories that you begin to love these characters.

Once Mia begins to question her outcome and the realization of the situation sits in, you realize how much you love the story and these characters. It was an interesting way of pulling in the readers and getting us emotionally and personally invested.

All in all this novel was a great read and the telling of the story made it all the better. I loved the story, the story telling, the characters, and the overall effect of the story. I defiantly recommend this as a great book to read, and I will surely be grabbing book two soon!

 REVIEW BY: Isabel Naquin

 

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