A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make - and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
©2009 Dutton Juvenile; (P)2009 Penguin
I had a hard time getting into the story as I felt it very stereotypical because of the plot in itself -with the car accident and girl's out of body experience which are very easy plot lines that you can find written by any creative writing student- but also because of the use flashbacks and the way they are written. I usually am very fond of flashbacks and other literary devices to change the timeline of events but this didn't quite work for me. It was just too much told and not enough shown for my own liking.
But in the end, the performance made it worth it. There were times when the reader really got the emotion across through her voice and these moments were quite nice.
I love the story of this book. I'm an avid reader of young adult literature, and my high school students were all talking about this one, so I thought I'd give it a try. The story was good, but the language is not even close to the way a teenager would think or speak. The author used some really pretentious, complex vocabulary that REALLY took me out of the moment. The narration added to this at times- I had trouble getting through the first part of the book. Mia's parents read as the archetype, exaggerated hipster "cool-parents". It was really offputting. Once I got into the meat of the story, I let myself get swept up in the narrative and I could put those annoyances out of my mind.
As a musician I almost quit listening to the book when it came to the "music" that was played between chapters. For a book about a classical musician, that mentions several very famous musicians and composers it is a cardinal sin to use MIDI computerized strings to add "music" to the listening experience! It would have been better to leave it out all together.
The writing in If I Stay made me want to leap out of my second story window to escape from it. Not the plot, which was adequate if melodramatic, the language itself. The use of three adjectives and two modifiers where the correct noun would have sufficed created a claustrophobic atmosphere and non-existent pacing. The author substituted words for story. This is the only one star review I've ever posted, but it is the only one star book I've ever downloaded.
Can't believe Amazon is selling audio books with no way to access them. The audible app is not available, even for its own kindle fire tablet. Why are you selling anything until this is resolved? Tried on two different kindle fire tablets with same results. Not good business Amazon! At least put up a disclaimer stating the app is not available so people don't get tricked into buying audio books they can't use!
This story was not only a love story but also a sad and happy story at the same time I loved the movie as well. What I found to be the saddest part (in the movie) was when the grandfather said it was ok to let go but he looks right at the spirit of her. But the way she wakes up and feels Adam in her hands it is an amazing story and I would proudly say this is a good book no matter what anyone says!
I liked the thoughtful journey of the main character. nice, simple telling that touches the heart.
"If I Stay" is a wonderful book. I will admit, I was a bit upset at how short it felt. However, for what is was it was definitely a worthwhile listen. It wouldn't be my first recommendation, but I definitely wouldn't forget to mention it.
I bought this audio book because I have an interest in books that were made into movies. The movie version of this book looked amazing and so I thought I would give the book a try. MISTAKE! If you like Young Reader novels with a lot of teenage angst like Twilight, then you will probably like this book. I was determined to finish it because I had spent the full price to pay for it...but in my opinion...it was NOT worth my time. This is not the fault of the author or of the narrator. This is simply a book that seemed like it was more of a thriller (my type of genre) and turned out to be a book about a girl choosing whether she should allow herself to die or not.
There was an unusual love story sideline that could have been good, but I wasn't able to really relate to (again teenage angst). The flash back sequences about the best friend was pretty good though and I really enjoyed that 1/5th of the book.
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