Book Review: If I Stay

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make."



If I Stay is a contemporary story that straddles the line between YA and literature. It’s a tearjerker, first and foremost, that occasionally dips into the maudlin. But it’s also the (non-linear) story of a life, or really just two or three years of a life. It’s a romance, at its soul, that focuses on the power of love as opposed to the journey of finding it.


I’m keeping this review simple because the book itself was pretty simple. Mia’s decision is one I think most of us have considered, and her reasons for staying or going are both compelling and earnest. It’s an emotional and relatively static read, but if you like contemporary stories based entirely in memory, you’ll probably enjoy it.

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