Name: If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
Author: Gayle Forman
Daniela’s Rating: 5 stars
Oh, this book. I don’t think any book has made me cry as much as this one. I didn’t want to finish this book so fast, really, I wanted it to last a little more, but at the same time, I couldn’t stop reading, I was caught up with it. I can’t wait to read Where she went.
The story is so full of emotions, from the beginning to the end, it was incredible how this book makes you feel the sadness, the anger, desperation, doubts, everything that Mia, her grandparents, Adam and Kim are feeling, seriously, I couldn’t stop crying.
If I stay introduces you to Mia, a talented cellist, a young girl who’s surrounded by people who love her. It also introduces you to her loving parents, sweet little Teddy, lovely boyfriend, Adam, who’s also a musician, and Kim, the awesome best friend. But then, one second everything is fine, the next everything turns into caos. The story takes you back and forth, you get to see every character in all these happy or sad memories, but you get to know her family, her friends, her boyfriend, her life in general, and you understand how much she’s lost, and you can’t help but feel what she’s feeling, so of course, you end up crying.
So, Mia has a decision to make, to go or to stay and live, even though living means confronting everything that has happened to her, everything she has lost.
“There are like twenty people in that waiting room right now, some of them are related to you. Some of them are not. But we’re all your family.” She stops now. Leans over me so that the tips of her hair tickle my face. She kisses me on the forehead. “You still have a family”, she whispers.
This is so full of hope, sadness, longing. All I thought when I read this part was that those words were so adequate, so perfect. It capture the meaning of family, friends and love. This book was absolutely gorgeous. It moves you from the very start, and its impossible for you not to feel.