Monday, 6 June 2011

If I Stay - my book review

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Just let me make clear that this book wasn't at all what I anticipated. After reading several other rave reviews, I was 99% sure that I would enjoy this book thoroughly. However, this was regrettably not the case.

Mia is a teen girl who's family suffers from a tragic car crash. This was one of the best parts of the book. Though rather grizzly and hard to swallow, Gayle Forman describes the scene vividly and realistically. It made me choke by just reading it.

However, the downer of the book was the lack of action. In the majority of the book, all Mia did was ***spoiler ALERT*** wander around the hospital, thinking about her past and what to do next. In fact, that'd be a more suitable title: 'What To Do Next'.

The flashbacks were annoying but also provided some interest to the reader, namely, me. One thing I cannot get over is how COOL her parents are!!! It's rare that a parent would swear so often in front of a 10 year-old girl (from my gatherings, anyway). I also admired the use of music that was included in the plot. Being a classical musicianist myself, I was pleased that the main character liked (and was very good at) the violoncello. Something different from your average Jane.

Overall, the novel was alright, but I'm keeping my eyes peeled for the sequel. It sounds good and worth reading!

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  1. Hi, Lauren. Nice blog you have here! I've also read a lot of rave reviews for this book over at Goodreads, so I decided to check it out. I'm currently reading it now; and, to be honest, I'm also having a hard time getting in to the story. I dunno. Maybe it's from reading one book after another. That's what having nothing-to-do-over-the-summer does to people. Hehe. But I'll still give this another go since I like books that deal with music, given that I'm an aspiring musician myself.

    Anyways, you gave one good, honest review. I'm also a new follower! Come check out my blog if you have time:

  2. Hi Rockee!
    I try my very best to give honest reviews, and I'm glad that you feel the same way about the book as I do.
    I stopped by your blog and realised that I already follow you! Please do let me know when your review of If I Stay pops up.
    Lauren :)


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