If I Stay (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

If I Stay (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Gayle Forman
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If I Stay (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. 17-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

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ISBN-13: 9780606143950
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Series: If I Stay Series , #1
Pages: 259
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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If I Stay 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1826 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Mia has a lot to love in life. She is a cellist who could be on her way to Julliard. She has a wonderful, loving, and supportive family. And she has a boyfriend who is perfect. But as wonderful as Mia's life is, she has choices to make. Should she go to Julliard and leave everyone behind? When a terrible accident occurs, Mia suddenly finds herself with only one choice left - should she stay? This book is just WOW! Do not read this in public because this one will bring tears to your eyes - I'm warning you! That doesn't mean it doesn't have humor though, because there were many times I found myself laughing out loud. This is an intense story that will not only appeal to teens, but have a lot of crossover adult appeal, as well. Gayle Forman does an excellent job going from Mia's present to Mia's past and drawing the reader in so they truly understand her love for the cello, her family, and Adam, her boyfriend. As I was reading, I felt like I really got to know Mia and her family and found myself grieving along with Mia - the writing is just that powerful. IF I STAY is a short read, but it packs so much in and I wanted to savor every moment. At times I found myself reading slower and drinking in the words because I didn't want the story to end. The story centers around music: Mia with her cello, Adam with his band, and Mia's dad being a drummer, and Gayle Forman's writing felt lyrical. She was able to capture music and put it into a book. I don't know how to describe it, but it was like I was reading a song - hopefully that makes sense! Music is such an important part of the book, Gayle Forman has included a playlist for the book on her website. I loved checking out the songs that went along with the story and listening to them when Mia did. IF I STAY is a must-read. The themes of love, loss, grief, and hope are so powerful and beautifully written that this story will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
BookLoverMV More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW. I finished this book at 2 AM this morning and I'm still thinking about how much it moved me. I cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story, when I finished I was left wanting to know more about her families past adventures. And how Forman describes the families love of music drives you to want to pick up an instrument and learn to play. I enjoy all types of music and can't wait to check out Yo-Yo-Ma, aka "Yo Mama" per Adam. This is a great read and you will not be disappointed.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to read this book since it first came out, but was good and waited until it came out in the cheaper paperback. If I Stay is about 17 yr old Mia, a talented celloist, who is in a coma following a car accident that kills her entire family. While in this coma she must make the ultimate decision: stay alive with grief and an uncertain future or join her parents and brother in death I have to say this book isn't at all what I expected, and because of that, I may be a little disappointed. It was a surprisingly simple story. There was nothing supernatural about it and all the conflict was an internal struggle. It went back and forth between Mia's stay in the hospital, and her memories which only seemed to complicate her decision. Truthfully, I didn't find it all that entertaining. Good thing it read very quickly, or else I probably wouldn't have finished it. For some reason, it never asorbed me. Perhaps it was the meandering pace. Even the question of Mia's choice couldn't make me feel interested. Mia's memories served the purpose to give some background to Mia and help flesh out the story. I kind of felt that they were repetitive. They didn't show anything that couldn't be guessed atfrom the first chapter. Mia's loves her little brother. Mia loves her "hip" parents. Mia loves her punk boyfriend. Mia loves music. That's about it. I guessed I just missed out on the genius of it all. I'm hearing that it was "beautiful" and "beautifully written, and while I admit that it had more substance than most YA literature, I still wasn't feeling it. A blurb on the front cover said it "will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight", and I don't see that at all. I didn't like Twilight, but these books are nothing alike. On top of it all, I hear Summit bought the movie rights to this book. Did I miss something?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was SO good. I liked the way it switched back and forth. I know some people didnt like the back and forth but I did.
ReadingRenee More than 1 year ago
Seventeen year old Mia Hall has it all. A loving family, an awesome best friend, and a wonderful boyfriend, but one mistake changes it all. Mia and her family get into a car crash with an unknown reason how. While Mia is rushed to the hospital all she is wondering is what happened to Teddy her ten year old brother . Once she figures out Teddy passed away and her parents died on the spot she can't think of a reason to stay. Of course her best friend and her boyfriend want her to stay, why wouldn't they. Mia's left fighting for her life while trying to think of a decision . Along the way she asked herself the same question that begins with "If I Stay".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book EVER! From page one I could NOT put it down, I was obsessed. Thank God it was a shorter book because I ignored family, and friends for a full 24 hours. I never re-read books and I'm tempted to buy this so I will have it. Any one who is looking for a good book, I recommend this one, always! I raved about it for weeks. Incredible, it really sucks you in and tugs on your heart strings. You feel nothing but powerful emotion throughout "If I Stay". So well written, so memorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You would be missing out on a fantastic book if you pass this up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the past was interweaved with the present, as this allowed us to get a glimpse into Mia's life before the accident, and to really get to know her. Mia is a strong and appealing character, and one which I think a lot of people will identify with. I also have to mention Adam, Mia's boyfriend. He's caring, thoughtful and the kind of person that we should all get to meet at some point or another. In fact, I think he might be my favorite part of the whole story.  This is a great book! I read it because I like to read the book before I see the movie, so my imagination colors the characters. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and didn't want to put the book (Kindle) down! Having been in the same situation, it was fun seeing the scenario from the other side. After the accident, Mia must make some serious decisions. That is kind of hard to do if she has no recollection of the life she had before. In this peril through time, loss, and love, you get to follow Mia as she finds herself. The above is typical of Gayle Forman's creative writing skills. She also manages to write a book that jumps back-and-forth between the present day and the past without confusing the reader. The story itself is an emotional roller-coaster and sure to spur discussion on choosing to "stay" or not after tragedy. A very well written book, highly recommended.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and highly recommend it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will keep you on your toes. You won't want to put the book down. Amazingly written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I saw the trailer at the movie theater and I knew that i just had ti read it! I finished it in one day, and it was fantastic! I even cried, and that coming from a person who doesnt cry AT ALL! This book is worth it, and is an amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing. its one of my favorite movies. I just saw the movie which was also really wonderful, but I would definitely recommend reading the book first before seeing the movie. all in all the book and movie are both truly awesome! I also loved the writing style how it went from memories to her being in the hospital, and choosing if she wants to stay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sad book, but very well written. It's especially sad because you find yourself connecting with Mia's family, but in the flash backs she has after you know they are gone. I do not regret reading this, and if you are considering this book, you should definitely read it. It is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book in my late teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the book thats becoming a movie? The trailer for the movie looked really cool and i want to read the book before hand but is it worth it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it because it reminds me of sleeping beauty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart touching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample to see if it would be a good book to get for my friend's birthday and it is one of the best books i have read coming after the fault in our stars even if i have only seen the beginning of the story! I will definatley check it out from the library for myself to finish the story because the suspense of what happens is killing me! You should totally try this book although i must warn you there are super graphic scenes in the beginning but it doesnt effect the awesomeness of this book and its necessary as it is why the rest of the story even exists. There is also some minor cursing which is only one word really.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest and couldnt wait to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a good book,,, plus it made me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i stay is an excellent book about the fragility of life. It captures sweet, sad, and happy times in one whole book. Mia is a high schooler with a passion for the cello. Her boyfriend Adam is the cool guy, while she stays in the backround. One day, she and her family go on a car ride and a terrible car accident occurs. She goes in to a coma and recalls the good and bad times of her life. She would wake up as an orphan, if she wakes up. It is now up to Mia whether she stays or goes. This book opens your eyes to the wonderful and terrible world around us. If i stay is a definite recommendation to read. It sounds really sappy and juvinile, but this book will change you and the way you think about things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a wonderful and captivating story! It held my attention from beginning to end.