Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Thanks to Teen Advisory Group member, Shiwei for this review!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Rating: 5/5 stars

“Mia Hall, a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at the prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam, a rock singer/guitarist. However, a car wreck changes everything in an instant, and now Mia’s life hangs in the balance. Suspended between life and death, Mia faces a choice that will decide her future.” – Summary of If I stay.

The novel brings a reader through a vividly emotional description throughout Mia’s coma after the tragic incident of her family. Not only was the plot magnificent and original, the way that Forman captured a teenage girl’s struggles throughout family death and personal conflicts made Mia seem like such a realistic character with such genuine and heartbreaking emotions. Forman’s diction really leapt off the page and will leave the reader in tears as the story progresses. I had particularly enjoyed the final scene in where Mia makes a concluding decision benefiting to herself, yet the emotional struggle of Adam asking her to stay had anchored Mia and brought her back to the reality. Ultimately, this was a worthwhile read that kept me intrigued, as Forman’s character struggles really hits home for a teenage girl.

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