Read + Review — If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay is a book about a seventeen year old cellist who lives a completely ordinary life until she and her family get into a car crash. After the accident, the main character, Mia, has to make a choice that is going to affect the rest of her life as well as the lives of her loved ones. In the book, Mia’s boyfriend Adam is a punk rock guitarist in a band called Shooting Star and her best friend, Kim, is a normal girl in high school with a very emotional mother. The book switches midway through each chapter from a dream-like state to Mia’s life up until the car crash and it takes place in Oregon.

Overall, the book was beautifully written with the perfect combination of humor, romance and drama. I enjoyed the way the transitions in the chapters were written seamlessly. One thing I disliked about the book was the amount of foul language, but other than just a few words, the book was a joy to read. It was one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time.

One memorable thing about the book was that the present was written in unison with the past so that everything was leading up to the climax.

four stars

Reviewed by Prachi, grade 8, Glen Allen Branch Library

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