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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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    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 2 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 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Esp 09-11-14
    Rick Esp 09-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Perfect Tween Book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes -- to one of my daughter's friends -- this book is a lovely story written for a young at heart ...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes -- the narrator sounds just as I would image the young character to sound...


    Was If I Stay worth the listening time?

    Yes -- it reminds me of the books I loved many years ago...sweet


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHERI NY 09-10-14
    CHERI NY 09-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Book but wish it had been longer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of If I Stay to be better than the print version?

    no, once I read or hear a book I don't buy it again


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

    I liked the book very much


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glitterific Mantua, NJ, United States 09-05-14
    Glitterific Mantua, NJ, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Ghostly with a Ghastly Performance in Places"

    At times, it was difficult for me to determine if it was just the so-so narration (mispronunciation of fairly common words, adult-sounding voice for a 17 year old speaker, etc.) or if it was the actual dialogue that doesn't sound realistic for even the most sophisticated 17 year old classical musician.

    SPOILERS: Oddly, I didn't have a hard time with believing that Mia was lingering between life and death and having flashbacks and flash-forwards. But so much of the dialogue was completely unbelievable:
    Who plays their boyfriend like a cello at 15? I just didn't believe it.
    The mothering role with Teddy seemed a little over-the-top.
    The punk singer who came to the ER to distract the nurses.
    The power of a few minutes of a cello recording to snap her to her senses and make a choice between life and death. (Guess which one a 17 year old with a hot boyfriend picks?)

    Disappointing, especially after so many VERY POSITIVE reviews.

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    Christina 09-04-14
    Christina 09-04-14
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    "Not anything like I expected"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who does not read much.


    What could Gayle Forman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The fowl language in this book was unneeded and out of place. I saw a preview for the movie before I realized there was a book. I fell in love with the movie from the preview. After learning there was a book, I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. It was a big disappointment. It was very simple and not much depth. If the cursing was removed, I'd say it would make a great pre teen read.


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

    This is the first one I've heard from Kirsten Potter's, she did a great job at reading.


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

    I would have removed the cursing, and added more depth in the relationships between the family members.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lala 08-21-14
    Lala 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Photo album of a family I didn't care about"

    This whole novel felt like I was flipping through the photo album of a family I could care less about or maybe one of those vacation photo slideshows you're forced to sit through out of courtesy.

    The main character is in a comma for most of the book so the story is told through disjointed flashbacks of her life. I've read many good books that take this approach and the reason they're successful is because I actually cared about the character, but I had zero desire to know about the day this main character was born or the day she got her first cello, etc. The author never gives you a reason to care and actually makes you start to hate the pompous attitude she has. We get it, the girl is in to classical music at an age when most kids are listening to Pop Rock. That does not make her a unique flower.

    I'm definitely past the age range for this book (32) so perhaps if I were younger I could buy into the "true" everlasting love story of two high school kids, but as an adult I found them silly.

    Toward the end I was wishing and hoping for a twist and even imagined a few that might redeem the book, but they never came.

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    Sarah P Indianapolis 07-11-13
    Sarah P Indianapolis 07-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "STUPID!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I didn't realize ths is meant to be young adult fiction. I think it is but even so, it is just plain dumb. I couldn't get thru it. The characters were unbelievable and I can't even comment on the story because I did not listen enough. And the reader? She states everything like a question? Like she's 12 and wants to run with the cool girls? I didn't waste my time. Wish I had nt wasted my money.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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