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Publisher's Summary

Just listen,' Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.
'Stay,' he says.

Everybody has to make choices.

Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope.

But life can change in an instant.

A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Gripping, heart-rending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.

©2009 Gayle Forman; (P)2009 Penguin Audio US

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Decisions

Stay or Go?

In the blink of an eye, Mia’s life has changed. All her decisions in life have been stripped down to one. It’s the most important decision she will ever make in her life and as she lies unconscious on her hospital bed, sorting through memories, only she can make the ultimate decision.

Live or die?

Get your tissue box ready for this one! What an emotional and yet beautiful story. I must admit to being a little skeptical with the ‘out of body’ point of view of Mia, but it was surprisingly well done and nicely offset by the flash backs.

I truly enjoyed the characters in this novel, and particularly, the dynamics of Mia’s hippie family. The little descriptive touches of clothing and quirks really did it for me, as did the incorporation of music into the character development and storyline.

On a deeper level, I was forced to think about the choices we make in life, what really matters and how ultimately, only we can decide what happens to us.

I did feel that the story was a little too short but this is a sure sign of a gripping, well-written, emotive story.

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If I Stay, Hopefully not though...

What would have made If I Stay better?

Mia, the main character, and to be honest, ever character was way to perfect. Everything about her life was meant to make you say "Oh, what a perfect life! What a lucky Girl", how ever that's not what it feels like. It felt like I was listening to a story about a stepford wife of a teenager and her "Hip", "Cool" and other buzzwordy parents.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Sometimes Kirsten Potter takes the reading to a weird level, she put quite a lot into this as you can tell, however there are some points where I couldn't tell if she was really crying reading the book aloud or if she was really getting into character, either way, it can be kind of tone-breaking if she's deciding the "sad" parts for you. Also, she does some odd voices, also sometimes character breaking.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I don't actually think I could give the story any redeeming qualities, this is the first book I've read/listened to in a long while that I didn't at-least appreciate the story of. The reader, Kirsten Potter, was okay as long as she wasn't getting too into it, or she wasn't putting on accents however I think those are personal gripes, so she was atleast a somewhat redeeming factor, though, I'm not sure how many people would listen to a book for a narrator.

Any additional comments?

Over all, if your interested in the Movie that's coming out soon I'd suggest waiting for the Movie, because I cannot see this book helping you decide to go see it. If you do decide to read it, try not to over-think how perfect Mia's life was before the events in this book, it'll leave you rather annoyed knowing no one single person has lived such a perfect sheltered life.

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Highly Recommend

What did you love best about If I Stay?

Everything, the narrator, the story, it was all amazing. I just finished it and then wanted to sit and think about it. I'm definitely a Gayle Forman fan!

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  • 07-09-10

If I Stay

The story was good but the thing that kept me from loving this book was the language used by the main character - I found it hard to relate to a 17 year old who would use a phrase like "squalling in his bassinet" pretty sure I don't know any 17 year olds with that sophisticated a vocabulary.

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  • Glenn1019
  • 10-20-17

Heartbreaking

If I Stay is one of the most emotionally touching books I've ever read/listened to. The characters are well developed and the author does a fantastic job of making you care about the protagonists. The language is a beautiful mix of precise & poetic and the story really does burrow down into your soul. I now can't wait to read the next book in the series and see the film.

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  • C. Smith
  • 02-03-17

A shaky start

I actually returned this book, couldn't get into it and the narrators voice and accent weren't to my personal taste. However after returning it, it remained in my library and when I had nothing else to listen to I started again. Overall it was an average storyline but there were a few "goosepimple moments". A nice book, and not offensive, but slow to start but worth the read (or listen), just not what I would usually go for.

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  • Teresa
  • 01-31-17

Superb

Story was fabulous. I loved the way it was told and it worked really well as an audio book. The narrator was excellent. Couldn't stop thinking about what happened next!

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  • zenouska
  • 01-22-17

Amazing

This is a really good book and I really recommend it!!! It is sad at the end and takes an unexpected turn but wow!! 😍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-16

Better than the film!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a great little story. It's fairly short compared to some other books but it is good none the less.

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

I would compare this to The Fault in the Stars - another young adult book that is suitable for the older audience too.

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  • Olivia
  • 07-29-16

Gripping

I watched the film and then when my friend recommend the book I just could not deny it. It's a really easy read. Fished it in 2 days. I would totally recommend it!

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  • Marie
  • 05-30-16

An amazing experience

I loved the book book and the experience with this app and only came across one problem with the experience. This was that when I first bought the book it wasn't downloading properly. Apart from that the book was amazing and when the book was downloaded it work wonderfully.

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  • Adrian & Andre's mum
  • 09-17-15

Nice story, just not A fan of the narration style

I enjoyed the story , but the narration was just a bit too animated for my liking. Therefore as a result, sometimes , i found it hard to take the story seriously, despite the amount of sadness in it

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  • repunzel 39
  • 09-06-15

Emotional from beginning to end

Well written. A story of love lost and found. Emotional from beginning to end. This book kept me captivated. I loved it

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  • ben
  • 06-25-15

Beautiful and heartfelt

A great book well worth the listen looking forward to the rest when I can get them

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  • Jacqui
  • 01-27-16

Beautiful story

Such a beautifully written book that flowed extremely easily from one section to the next, making it extremely easy to listen to. Audiobook just as good as the movie, although I saw the movie first so it took me a little bit to get used to Kirsten's older sounding voice than Chloe Grace Moretz's, but she still gives a great performance.

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  • Barb
  • 11-24-14

GREAT EASY LISTEN

Great book and very easy to listen to. Look forward to seeing the movie for this one!