I heard about this book on another book blog and thought it looked interesting. I had to see what it was all about. It is a YA selection and for me, those can go either way. About half the time, I am pleasantly surprised and really like the book, and the other half, well the word "junk" comes to mind. Just because a book is written for a Young Adult audience does not mean it should be shallow and without substance. This was certainly not one of those books.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is about a young girl who has just experienced a terrible automobile accident. She then has to decide if she wants to live or die. If she wants to stay or if she would rather go. I can say no more- I refuse to ruin it for you.
It is simply and beautifully written. It feels like the voice of a 17-year-old girl unsure of all the choices before her. And reading it, I can almost see the author's outline of the story: a main storyline with lots of tangents running off from each significant event. But in a good way. In a way that helps you imagine a 17-year-old girl telling you a story and breaking off at certain points to explain the significance and meaning behind it.
I loved this book, but doing my best to avoid spoilers, it made me blubber like a huge baby. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I'm a huge cry baby. I cry reading books, watching movie and TV shows, even some commercials find a sucker in me. I'm a cryer and this book was a heartbreaker. But I loved it. Does that make any sense? If you're anything like me, I think it will. I have already recommended this and I only finished reading it last night. Won't you pick it up and let me know what you think?