If I Stay (If I Stay #1)

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.


According to Goodreads, I read this book in 2011. What? I even mini-reviewed it which I’ve now deleted as it wasn’t what I thought of this book anymore. I have no recollection of reading this book, but I had given it three stars. I’m glad that I reread it, because I would now rate it four stars. I found If I Stay to be incredibly gripping and moving at the same time.

Mia finds herself watching her body being taken away from a car wreck after an awful accident involving Mia and her family. Slowly, Mia finds out what has happened to her. She figures out what she has lost and who/what she has left. Mia realises that she’s in control of her own fate. She has to make a choice whether to return to her body and live her life or give up the fight…

This was an incredibly emotional read. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know more about Mia and the choice that she’d make. The accident is something that really got to me, because it’s something that we often see on the roads today or hear about in the news. It’s one of those things that could happen to anyone. That thought is terrifying. It made me think about losing loved ones and that really broke my heart.

Gayle Forman’s writing is incredibly raw. She easily hooks you in and makes you feel like part of the family. She writes the past and present so well and balances it beautifully. As a reader, you learn more about Mia as the story progresses and learn to love her more. It’s such a short book, yet I felt like I knew Mia really well. The romance is utterly adorable and not easy. It’s not a fluffy, instalove romance, it felt incredibly authentic.

I highly recommend giving this book a go. It’s deeper than you might think and makes you question life!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A beautiful read which really moved me!

8 thoughts on “If I Stay (If I Stay #1)

  1. If I Stay is one of my favorite books by Gayle! It’s so heartbreaking yet addictive at the same time. I agree with you about her writing – it is incredibly raw. Have you read the sequel, Where She Went?

  2. I haven’t read this but it sounds good, and it is kind of scary when you read about something like this that COULD happen. Glad it was a moving story.

  3. I’m glad that you liked this one! This is one of my all-time favourite books. It just hit the right notes for me, that emotional sweet spot. I cried the first few times I read this. It’s actually been a few years since my last re-read, so I’d probably cry again if I read it again! Hah. Hope that you read the second book. It’s also quite emotional!

    Cass @ Words on Paper

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