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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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    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 2014

    Taking recommendations!

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    "Attention Music Lovers!"
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    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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    Tyler Bunting 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If I Stay"
    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.

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    Melissa 06-15-14
    Melissa 06-15-14
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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.


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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.

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    Eg 04-23-14
    Eg 04-23-14
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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.

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    Heather Woburn, MA, United States 08-11-13
    Heather Woburn, MA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Book Hoarder 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


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    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 02-24-13
    Bryan LYNDHURST, OH, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2014
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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 11-25-12
    Scotty 11-25-12

    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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