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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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    Overweight Parent 06-12-14
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    "Be prepared for a lot of jumping around"
    What disappointed you about If I Stay?

    It jumped around too much. It was a lot of flash backs and the voices weren't great. It made it hard to follow the story


    Has If I Stay turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know I'll continue to read


    Did Kirsten Potter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, I thought it was kind of monotoned


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If I Stay?

    I wouldn't do many flashbacks. It makes it hard to keep up with the story but I guess it had to be told from that perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    Just not my deal, Others didn't' like it also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eg 04-23-14
    Eg 04-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator and more character development would have made this a better listening experience.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gayle Forman again?

    I doubt I'll listen to anything by Gale Forman again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded like a middle aged woman but the book is told from a 17 year old's perspective so it was very off putting.


    What character would you cut from If I Stay?

    None, I just wish they all had stronger personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Woburn, MA, United States 08-11-13
    Heather Woburn, MA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovely Story"

    The story was nice and happy, but I really just wanted to comment on the narrator. The story is supposed to be about a 17 year old girl, but the narrator sounds more like she's around 30 years old. It makes it hard to picture a high school student talking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Hoarder Houston, TX, United States 02-25-13
    Book Hoarder Houston, TX, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I have a book addiction and an 2 hour commute, thank god for the sanity of audible

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    "If I stay, keept me there."
    Would you listen to If I Stay again? Why?

    Yes, The story was compelling. You are right there in the moment with her as she has to make her choices


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

    not sure


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

    she gives the character a great voice, helps keep you engaged in some of the slow points of the story. Had me in tears several times, where if I had been reading I am not sure that that would of happened


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 02-24-13
    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great YA Read"
    What made the experience of listening to If I Stay the most enjoyable?

    It had a good story line, and realistic characters.


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

    The ending :)


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She was a good match for the main character telling the story.


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

    I read during my commute, and I looked forward to listening on the drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, and I am going to get the second book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 11-25-12
    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 11-25-12 Member Since 2009

    jdk

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    "Outstanding! Listen, smile, laugh, cry, and learn."

    What can I say? Outstanding listen. Author, Gayle Forman, you really get it. Kirsten Potter, you really get it and perfect for the voice to send the message out there. High recommend for anyone to read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Port Jervis 07-11-12
    Tania Port Jervis 07-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It was a very moving."
    Would you try another book from Gayle Forman and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Yes I would try another one of her books.


    Has If I Stay turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Kirsten Potter’s performance?

    She put some amazing feeling in her reading.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from If I Stay?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 07-01-12
    Erica Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Grab a Kleenex...box, that is."

    The overall story was extremely interesting, some portions were a bit sappy sweet, but overall a good story and should make for an even better movie. The tears will be flowing so don't listen on the road if you don't relish the idea of being gawked at by surrounding drivers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim United States 01-24-12
    Kim United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to If I Stay the most enjoyable?

    The story was very nice - I listened to it straight through the day


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story. I would possibly listen to it again. It was well written and wrapped up well. Very creative.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula DAVIS, CA, United States 07-28-11
    Paula DAVIS, CA, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2008

    scrappyat 50

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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 2 people found this review helpful
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