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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