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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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    M. Johns Atlanta, GA 10-11-14
    M. Johns Atlanta, GA 10-11-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Very emotional at many stages of the book"

    The story is relatively short; less than 5 hours.

    The story takes place over one day when the young teenager (in a coma in ICU) tells her story through a series of flashbacks and memories. The ending was OK, but it just stopped.

    Though the performance was excellent, I think it should have been read by someone with a younger voice.

    I don't recommend using a book credit for this book since it is so short.

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    Alison 10-10-14
    Alison 10-10-14 Member Since 2005
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    "You can't put this down!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, well written and performed. I fell in love with the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If I Stay?

    I will not give any bit away...it's too good. All of the moments are memorable.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, but will look at what she has read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It takes you into a zone. It's like a thunderstorm or blizzard. Scary and exhilarating.


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    Amazon Customer 10-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story, Ending Could Be Better"
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    I enjoyed this book. It is a very touching story. However, the ending just kind of drops off unexpectedly. I have read the 2nd book also which does make it better...except for the fact that you kind of wish for more even after that book.

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    Becca 09-03-14
    Becca 09-03-14
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    "oh my gah... speechlessness"
    What made the experience of listening to If I Stay the most enjoyable?

    the narrator sounded like the girl was actually talking to you. like she wasnt just reading to you. she was actually talking to you like a normal person.


    What other book might you compare If I Stay to and why?

    the fault in our stars by john green. i LOVED the fault in our stars and its similar to this one by the humor and the stories and how they tie in with the main one.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    it was like she was talking to you and not just reading to you.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i cried whenever she came to the realization that her little brother died and at the end when she chose to stay.


    Any additional comments?

    LISTEN TO IT. you wont regret it. i love it and i hope its a trilogy!

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    CJC Calgary, Alberta Canada 08-28-14
    CJC Calgary, Alberta Canada 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One where the movie just might be better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldnt go out of my way to say you must read it but if someone asked me if they should read it I would say - it was a quick, sweet story.


    Could you see If I Stay being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Havent seen the movie yet but it looks like the girl they chose for the lead is a great fit.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator may have made me like this less than if I had just read it. Henry, the girl from Bikini and Adam sounded like Ted from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Gran sounded way too cliche (it didnt help that they were called Gran and Gramps so that one wasnt just the narrator's fault), Teddy sounded about 3 most of the time - I kept wishing she would stop trying to do voices.

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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 08-21-14
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "FEELS AND EMOTIONS!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to If I Stay the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the writing were both wonderful. The narration was perfect for Mia and the writing is very fluid and easy, making for a great audiobook!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. There's not 1 thing that I liked "best". The whole thing was great.


    Any additional comments?

    First off, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read the synopsis for the 2nd book before you finish If I Stay!
    What an emotional journey! This is definitely a story that will stay with me forever.
    I do think that you HAVE to read the second book “Where She Went” to truly appreciate the whole story.

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    Jennifer Williams 08-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Expectations"
    What disappointed you about If I Stay?

    I found this book juvenile and schmaltzy. I listened on long drive with my teenage daughter, she slept through it. The characters were caricatures. I didn't empathize or relate.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

    I doubt it. Her performance bordered on melodramatic, but maybe that was necessary to give the characters any depth


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disdain


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    jacky 08-13-14
    jacky 08-13-14
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    "tear jerker"
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    a short book, keep me listening.. wanting to know what happens. Well written, tugs at the heart strings

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    Hoff's 08-06-14
    Hoff's 08-06-14
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    "Good book with interesting characters"
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    The narrator did a great job and I really enjoyed listening to her performance! But I wasn't hearing a 17 year old girl... I was hearing her mother. I just think that it should have been narrated by a younger voice (Kate Simses, Emma Galvin, Kate Rudd, Jenna Lamia, Sarah Drew). However, I will look for books narrated by Kirsten Potter as she really is great to listen to!

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    Margaux 07-31-14
    Margaux 07-31-14 Member Since 2013

    Taking recommendations!

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    "Attention Music Lovers!"
    Any additional comments?

    First of all this book is very short, only four hours. If you are in need of a quick listen this is it. This book can be compared to 'The Fault in Our Stars' but unfortunately I could not relate to the music aspect. I loved the writing and would read more books from this author, but probably not in this series. The narrator was GREAT, but I do not think this narrator was right for the part. She seemed older instead of a high school girl.

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