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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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    Heidi P :) USA 05-02-12
    Heidi P :) USA 05-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    This book was recommended by a few different listeners in the YA Audiobook Challenge on either their Goodreads page or blog so I decided to give it a whirl. Plus it is a short book as far as listening goes at a smidgen over 5 hours and since I started the challenge late I needed to catch up by getting as many books in as I possibly could in the beginning (I’m 3 books in now…still behind but definitely catching up!)

    I don’t always read more than just the basic little blurb about a book before listening to it and I will basically listen to anything so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

    The narrator was great and there was nice musical parts as well. As anyone who listens to books on a regular basis knows, a narrator can make or break a book. I have tried to get through a steamy love story with a ridiculous narrator and just can’t do it. Or, when the author decides to read their own book…not always a good thing. Yeah, Marley and Me, I am talking to you. Sorry but I could.not.listen to that book.

    Anyway, the story was great. Not your typical storyline and not a girl-falls-in-love-falls-out-of-love angsty kind of book either. The emotions in this book were real – partially because of the narrator – and it was a little bit of every emotion. I found myself smiling, laughing, cheering, crying, and shocked even. And best of all, it left me wanting MORE. Good thing there is a second book in the series. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I will soon!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jill BOCA RATON, FL, United States 02-08-11
    Jill BOCA RATON, FL, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    I just finished this book and totally enjoyed it. The author has a wonderful way of writing and great description. I am already looking forward to the next book to see what happens...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Mesa, AZ, United States 12-11-10
    Laurel Mesa, AZ, United States 12-11-10 Member Since 2003
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    "haunting"

    Not sure what I was expecting when I first started listening, but the book was absolutely gripping. Different than anything I've ever read, but great and thought provoking.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Reston, Virginia, United States 03-10-14
    Jennifer Reston, Virginia, United States 03-10-14

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    "Great story about life flashing before your eyes"

    This is the kind of book that leaves you in shambles when it’s over.

    Mia is a gifted musician with plans to go to Julliard. She has wacky but lovable parents who are reformed hippies/musicians themselves and a hipster rocker boyfriend who is paving his way to stardom. She has everything going for her – until she doesn’t.

    I spent a good portion of If I Stay waiting for the “good parts” e.g. the part where she wakes up and everyone hugs it out. What I didn’t realize is that it wasn’t necessarily about that. Oh, it was technically about that, but it was more about the means and not the ends.

    If I Stay is told in befores and afters. There is no real sequential order to the events in the Befores and it took me some time (possibly because I’m slow like that) to realize, it wasn’t her remembering anything, but literally her life was flashing before her eyes. And that’s when I fell in love with this book. What we think can take moments before death or near-death took her a day, and it’s hard to believe this entire book only progresses over a day when we get to see Mia’s lifetime. We experience her acceptance into Julliard, her first kiss with Adam, her first time in a mosh pit even though she’s a classical musician, the day her baby brother Teddy was born. Meanwhile in the Nows, we experience her realization that her family may have been killed in the collision and she must come to terms while she is in her coma with whether or not she even wants to live. Her experience is truly spine-tingling.

    All of the characters were great. I don’t know what else to say about them, except that I wish I had them in my life LOL. They made me laugh, they made me cry, and they felt real to me.

    If I Stay is raw emotion. I ripped my heart out and stomped all over it, and left me wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next book in Mia’s story and have my heart broken all over again.

    Kirsten Potter was a pretty good narrator. She was on point with voices and inflections and I enjoyed the book told from her perspective. I’ll definitely be looking for more audios by her.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 06-10-11
    S new york, NY, United States 06-10-11
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    "Beautiful, Sad and not just for teens...."

    This is one of those rare audiobooks that just sticks with you. It's so well written and narrated and the story is just so beautiful and sad--A real tear jerker. I found myself tearing up as I listened on the subway.

    A must listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Camaro1967 Vincennes, IN USA 02-18-11
    Camaro1967 Vincennes, IN USA 02-18-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Different, but compelling"

    This wasn't the longest book I've ever listened to, but it is one that held my interest. Very worth the price/credit to purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 09-06-10
    Margaret Alameda, CA, United States 09-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Absurdly and floridly overwritten"

    The writing in If I Stay made me want to leap out of my second story window to escape from it. Not the plot, which was adequate if melodramatic, the language itself. The use of three adjectives and two modifiers where the correct noun would have sufficed created a claustrophobic atmosphere and non-existent pacing. The author substituted words for story. This is the only one star review I've ever posted, but it is the only one star book I've ever downloaded.

    18 of 25 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
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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 1 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

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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim United States 01-24-12
    Kim United States 01-24-12 Listener 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 1 people found this review helpful
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