Sunday, 28 August 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 Life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning...
A snowy road...
And suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone.
Except one.
As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Recently, I seem to be into books about people dying but continuing to live their lives either in the afterlife, or in some kind of weird coma-ghost-like way. Sounds morbid, huh? But I've always found that these kinds of books are usually amazing because of how they show a totally different take on life. This book was definitely no exception. It was utterly brilliant! I could barely put it down, it was so good. Throughout the book, the reader learns more and more about Mia's past and about her options for the future, should she choose to continue living. By doing this, Forman really puts the reader in Mia's shoes, and you feel like you, yourself, are making the hard decision alongside her. But the best bit I found? It was the fact that as you read, you don't get a single clue about which way she will go - whether she will stay or go. At points, you think she will give up...and then at different points, you think she won't. This novel is an absolute rollarcoaster of emotion - you have highs, lows, and everything inbetween. It is a beautiful story not only just about death, but about life, family, and love. I highly recommend it and I cannot wait to read the sequel, Where She Went.

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