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If I Stay | [Gayle Forman]

If I Stay

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.
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Publisher's Summary

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

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

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    Paula DAVIS, CA, United States 07-28-11
    Paula DAVIS, CA, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Wonderfully written, and an interesting backstory."

    The strength of this book is the complexity and richness of the backstory. The life the character is living is rich and full. Her memories and the response of her friends and family tell a varied and complex story of a young girl maturing into womanhood surrounded by interesting people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan Corrales, NM, United States 05-21-11
    Meagan Corrales, NM, United States 05-21-11

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    "Amazing and a Half"

    I loved this book. I loved the relationships and the story line and how the author told the story of her characters by going back in time and throughout the novel created these characters from the ground up. As soon as I was done listening to it, I immediately wanted to download Where She Went. *spoilers* I can't wait to see Mia on her new adventure, being the all-star cellist she was meant to be, and her reconnection with Adam. Simply fabtabulous (so fabulous it needed a new word).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel St Clair York, PA USA 04-08-11
    Rachel St Clair York, PA USA 04-08-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Push play when you can stay a few hours"

    Couldn't stop listening. Sorted through box after box of whatever I could put my hands on so it wouldn't look like I was wasting time. This was not a waste of time. This was a real joy. The reading, the language, the insights, the suspense, the outcome... My heart still aches when I think of it, months later. I know I'll end up listening again soon. I just don't want to push play until I have time to hear it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah DONALSONVILLE, GA, United States 03-27-11
    Deborah DONALSONVILLE, GA, United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent read"

    This book was very intense emotionally. I am a hospice nurse and this book captured some of what I believe occurs as someone struggles to stay or leave. With hospice patients the choice is not so much if as it is when. Still the struggle remains. I am considering it as a required read for my students.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Americana, SP, Brazil 03-01-11
    Lucy Americana, SP, Brazil 03-01-11
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    "Beautiful."

    The story is sad, but beautiful. Books don't usually make me cry, but I couldn't help it with this one. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Ann Turner 07-22-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Very Good"

    Good story & great reader. Glad that I saw the book and bought it. I was hoping that it would end like it did.

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    KP Oakland, CA 02-21-11
    KP Oakland, CA 02-21-11 Member Since 2006

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "It's definitely YA"

    Somehow I missed the fact that this book is categorized as young adult fiction. As I was listening to it, I kept thinking... young adult, so I guess they got the right category. I have read young adult novels that I LOVED before (The Book Thief by Zuzak comes to mind), but in general I don't like this genre any more. This book was particularly disappointing, I thought. It was so mundanely written and just pretty boring. I will admit to crying in a couple parts at the end, but that doesn't really mean much if you know me! It seemed like the author was trying too hard and made the characters into "types." It just had no depth.

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    Tyler Bunting 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you like best about If I Stay? What did you like least?

    I Loved the fact that the book had a great plot i just feel like the author strayed from the story a lot. I wanted a little more details of what were going on during the accident, during the hospital scenes, but after 5 minutes of details regarding the incident, there would be 30 more minutes of useless teenage love details.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    very misleading. in a good way. i hate books with no real ENDING, but it was okay.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a wonderful Narrator. So awesome. Made the book entertaining.


    Did If I Stay inspire you to do anything?

    not really, im already in love.


    Any additional comments?

    great buy overall. i do recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 07-10-14
    Nikki overland park, KS, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "the last 10 minutes"

    so....lets start by saying I DID in fact cry the last 10 minutes of the book and I'm excited for the movie.

    However; for whatever reason I couldn't get connected to this book at all. She's in a coma & it's just going back through all the memories which I guess didn't interest me. There is the possibility that I missed some of the "good" stuff because It just didn't have my attention. I really wanted to like this because of the reviews and I saw the trailer for the movie but for me it was just ....boring :(

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    Melissa Sarasota, FL, United States 06-15-14
    Melissa Sarasota, FL, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful short listen"
    Would you listen to If I Stay again? Why?

    Yes I think I would. I found it to be a great listen. Kirsten Potter was wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wow. I want to say Adam at first, but everyone was very interesting.


    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed her proformance very much. She did sound a bit older then a seventeen year old.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think I could have. It is very long when you compair it to other books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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