I’ve been trying to get back into reading lately. I used to be an avid reader. Anytime I had even a little bit of spare time, you would find me curled up in some corner with a book. And then Ebooks happened, and I started to carry around my Kindle, and then that broke on me, so I got a Kobo. But as time went on, whether it was due to school, work, or just trying to have a social life on top of it, I stopped allotting time for reading. Lately I’ve been trying to rediscover my bookworm nature. Not only through Ebooks, which are super convenient, but I’ve also started getting back into buying paperbacks again. Yes it is easier to have certain books on my ipad to read on-the-go, but there are just some books that I’d rather have in my hand, with pages to flip. I’ve ordered 4 new books on amazon, and bought two from a Chapters that I walked by.
So the first book that I want to review for you guys is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I’ve been seeing lots of mentions of this book on the internet, as well as from my fellow book loving friends. They even made it into a movie last year.
And boy was it worth the hype. I finished this book in one sitting because I pretty much just couldn’t put it down.
The blurb on the back of the book says :
On a day that started like any other…..Mia had everything : a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left – the most important decision she’ll ever make. Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.
When I first read this blurb, it was equal parts confusing and intriguing. But after reading the book, I realized that this description almost perfectly depicts what’s going to happen in the book.
This is not your typical story about death or love. Gayle Forman put an amazing twist on everything that we know about death, families, love, friendships, and hope. As much of an emotional roller coaster ride that this book is, it wasn’t the type to necessarily make you cry (at least I didn’t, and I cry pretty easily). It was more the type of book to make you reconsider how you view certain things to do with death. It truly is such a moving and beautiful book. It’s completely tragic and heartbreaking all the way through, but I promise the ending is satisfying.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good read. Be ready to have your heartstrings tugged on though. I’d give it a 10/10.
If you want to purchase If I stay, I have the amazon link here: If I Stay (If I Stay, Book 1)
If you want to purchase the If I Stay collection (there’s a second book too!) the link is here. It’s actually more worth it to purchase the two together. It’s cheaper ! If I Stay Collection
I’ll put the trailer to the movie here as well, if you’re interested (:
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