Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Series: If I Stay #1 
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published Date: April 2nd 2009 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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 heart achingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
If I Stay was a very beautiful heartbroken story about Mia who had everything going great in her life she had a wonderful loving supporting parents and little brother an awesome sweet boyfriend and she was waiting to see if she got accepted to Juilliard school in New York City she had everything going for her until a terrible car accident she lost her loving parents and her little brother. Mia experience an out of body experience she watches everything that happens after the accident and all that her body was going through in the hospital she also see's what her friends and family members goes through at the hospital while she is at the ICU while she is watching all of this from out of her body she also experience what happen in her past. Mia has to decide if she wants to die and go with her parents and her little brother or if she wants to stay alive and be with her friends and family members especially if she want to stay with her loving boyfriend who desperately wants her to stay alive and be with him!

I really loved and enjoyed If I Stay I tell you this I decided to read If I Stay when I found out that it is another book turned film that comes out at the movies I think this summer and I am so glad and happy that I did read this book that I so did not want to watch the movie trailer first I wanted to read the book first than watch the movie trailer and Ohh boy when I first saw the movie trailer I saw it the same day I finished reading If I Stay and I tell you Tears Tears all the feels and goosh bumps I felt when I was watching the movie trailer it was the exact same feeling I had while I was reading If I Stay yes this book was that amazing for me I just loved Mrs Forman writing style it was very beautiful lyrical writing style I just loved love her writing style. I highly recommend If I Stay to my family and friends now I can't wait to read Where She Went next and more of Mrs Gayle Forman books!

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a journalist who specialized in reporting on young people and social-justice issues. Which is a fancy way of saying I reported on all the ways that young people get treated like crap—and overcome! I started out working for Seventeen magazine, writing the kinds of articles that people (i.e. adults) never believe that Seventeen ran (on everything from child soldiers in Sierra Leone to migrant teen farm workers in the U.S.). Later on, I became a freelance journalist, writing for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan.

In 2002, I went traveling for a year around the world with my husband, Nick. I spent time hanging out with some pretty interesting people, a third sex (we’d probably call them transvestites here) in Tonga, Tolkien-obsessed, role-playing punks in Kazakhstan (bonus points to those of you who can find Kazakhstan on a map), working class hip-hop stars in Tanzania. The result of that year was my first book, a travel memoir called You Can’t Get There From Here: A Year On the Fringes of a Shrinking World. You can read about my trip and see pictures of it here.

What do you do when you get back home after traveling the globe for a whole year? First, you get disproportionately excited by the little comforts in life: Not having to look at a map to get everywhere? Yay! Being able to drink coffee without getting dressed and schlepping to a café first? Bliss! Then, if you’re 32 years old and have been with your husband for evah, you have a kid. Which we did. Presto, Willa!

So, there I was. With a baby. And all of a sudden I couldn’t do the kind of gallivanty reporting I’d done before. Well, you know how they say in life when one door closes another opens? In my case, the door came clear off the frame. Because I discovered that I could take the most amazing journeys of my life without ever having to leave my desk. It was all in my head. In stories I could make up. And the people I wanted to take these fantastical journeys with, they all happened to be between the ages of 12 and 20. I don’t know why. These are just the people who beckon me. And I go where I’m told.

My first young-adult novel, Sisters in Sanity, was based on another one of those social justice articles I wrote when for Seventeen and you can click here to read the article. Sisters was published in 2007. My next book, If I Stay, was published in April of 2009 by Dutton. It is also being published in 30 countries around the world, which is surreal. The sequel/companion book to If I Stay, Where She Went, comes out in April 2011. I am currently working on a new YA novel, that is, when my kids (plural, after Willa we adopted Denbele from Ethiopia) allow me to. And after that book is finished, I’ll write another, and another….

Wow. This is crazy long. I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read anything by this author! I don't think her books are for me, to be honest. I love that you enjoyed this one, Katiria! I hope you like more of her books in the future. :)

    Fabulous review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!