If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
Classified as a Young Adult novel, one would assume that this is another pulpy, quick read, but that is definitely not the case! This book has the makings of great literature… the story is poignant and rich, and Forman’s writing is clear and well done. The story wraps you in so fast, and then you find yourself losing sleep over the twists and turns of the story.
Divulging much about the plot will detract from the suspense of the story, in my humble opinion, as I feel the book is best read not knowing much about it before beginning to read. Essentially, Mia has a typical teen age life and a promising future, but everything changes… and she must face a terrible decision that will hurt either way she chooses. The story centers around one day in her life, around an incident so tragic that it is truly life altering. During that day, Mia explores her past life, and the choices she has to face, and to make. I know that’s not much to go on as far as a book review goes, but I can say that this is one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Author Gayle Forman writes for all ages a classic story that is rich and full and will inspire her readers. This book cannot help but make you reflect on your own life, the choices you have, and to appreciate the gifts we may often overlook. This is a definite Must Read.