Movie Tie-in Edition and AMC Gift Card Prize Pack Giveaway!
And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”
―Gayle Forman, If I Stay
If I Stay is one of those books that stays with you long after you put it down. It’s also one of those books that is so good, and ends in such a way that you can’t help but grab the sequel (Where She Went) immediately because you just have to know what happens. If you’ve read If I Stay, you know I’m right.
So let’s get down to it, shall we? You know you’re probably going to skip the review and head straight to the giveaway anyway, because you’ve most likely read the book and don’t need me to tell you how wonderful it is.
PS If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick blurb: If I Stay is about a girl who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident. Now Mia must decide if she lives or if she dies. Can she face the world without her parents and baby brother in it? Can she leave her best friend Kim and boyfriend Adam, the love of her life, behind?
Why I love and recommend If I Stay…
A) Emotional. Seriously. I was crying. Don’t make fun. Gayle Forman knows how to pack emotion onto each and every page. From beginning to end. I really connected with Mia and the other characters in If I Stay. I truly felt the dilemma Mia faces when trying to decide if she should live or die. At first I thought this was going to be a typical teen romance. Of course Mia would choose to stay for her beloved boyfriend Adam. But that wasn’t it at all. Up until the very end I couldn’t decide what I hoped Mia would do. I felt just as confused as she was. She is such a real character. Props to Gayle Forman for keeping me thoroughly engrossed, with a box of tissues nearby I might add, during this entire read.
B) Backstory. A lot of the time I skim over backstory. Some authors just don’t know how to weave it in. If I Stay is the opposite. Mia’s backstory is so utterly essential to driving the plot and ultimately in helping Mia make her decision. I love how one minute I was in the hospital with Mia, watching as Adam tries to do everything he can to see her, and the next minute I’m whisked away by a memory. The backstory is so natural in If I Stay, it doesn’t feel like backstory at all. It just feels like…talking to an old friend.
C) The end. Argh! Hate the end. Love the end. Who can decide? On the one hand, it’s a great ending. The book stands on it’s own, BUT (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) the ending of If I Stay also makes me itch to read Where She Went. I mean, I have a stack–A STACK– of books in my to-read pile, and here I am adding Where She Went to the top because I cannot live another day wondering what is going to happen to Adam and Mia. What is going to happen, Gayle Forman? Sigh. Guess I better finish up this post and go find out…
Okay If I Stay fans, I have an awesome prize pack just for you! Enter via the Rafflecopter for your chance to win:
- A copy of If I Stay ~ Movie Tie In Edition (Paperback)
- A $10 AMC gift card (delivered electronically) to use when the movie releases August 22nd!
Enter through Thursday, August 21st. One random winner will be chosen and notified Friday, August 22nd.
What did you like best about If I Stay? If you haven’t read it, why do you want to see the movie?
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