Happy Friday everyone. I hope that you have all had a successful work week and have a very relaxing and fun filled weekend planned. I have a book review for you today. Allow me to speak to you about If I Stay by Gayle Forman.
If I Stay was an amazing read. And a fast one. It tells the story of a teenager Mia, who is an extremely talented cello player; has a rock solid relationship with her best friend; a family bond that any kid would dream of; and the love of a rocker boyfriend who sees only the best in her. Mia’s life is full of ups and downs, but the worst is yet to come. After suffering through a car accident, that leaves her parents and younger brother dead, Mia now clings to life. However, she has been given the rare gift to choose, whether to stay or to go. Mia is having an outer-body experience, witnessing the hospital staff, family and friends visits, and Adam her boyfriend, waiting by her bedside to see which way she chooses. Told through flashbacks as well as actual time, Mia must decide should she stay with her family, or stay and experience life in a whole new way.
Please do not think that since it the character is having an outer-body experience that this is a supernatural like tale. Mia is the teenager we all once were. The one who questions her decisions. The one who falls head over heels in love, only to be unsure if this is the one she wants. The teenager who must decide what her future holds, and how she wants to live her dreams. This is a story we can all relate to, on some level.
This is a must read. Furthermore, the powers that be have decided that it would make a great feature film. It comes out this August, please check out the trailer below.