Published: April 6, 2010
Speak, 234 pages, paperback
Goodreads Summary: A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.
I can honestly say that I put off reading this book for years because of all the hype. What is it about hyped up books that makes me not want to read them? So many people have told me they've never cried harder at a book than at If I Stay, so I was expecting my heart to practically disintegrate.
Well, apparently I'm a horrible person. Because I didn't cry at all.
That's not to say that this book wasn't deeply touching. The family dynamic was perfect. I loved Mia's quirky, flawed, and lovable parents. I grew to love them. The accident scene? Gut-twisting. It nearly made me nauseous. I cannot imagine that kind of pain, nor do I ever want to. But Gayle Foreman sure can make me feel like I'm the one living it.
I loved the way If I Stay was written. The flashbacks to the present and back again. It made me love Mia. It made me LOVE Adam. And I'm telling you, the title of the book COULD NOT BE more fitting unless it was called "Stab My Soul with the Worst Kind of Sadness." Because it did. I was so sad that I couldn't even cry. I was numb.
Mia and Adam reminded me of another couple who broke my heart: Logan and Aura from Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade books. The musician thing, of course, but also the circumstances. If I were Mia? Hell, I have no idea what decision I'd have made. But I am definitely going to read on to Where She Went to find out the aftermath. Gayle Foreman is an AUTHOR, people. All caps for the real deal.