18 Jan 2012

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (If I Stay #1)

May 6th, 2009 Definitons

Source: Gifted

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224

What if you had everything:

A gorgeous boyfriend who was madly in love with you?
Quirky hip parents who totally got you?
A musical talent that could take you anywhere?

What if your biggest problem in life was choosing which path to take?

Follow your first love--music-- to New York City?
Or stay with your boyfriend, friends, and family?

What if one day, you went out for a drive...

And in an instant everything changed?

What if suddenly all the other choices were gone?

Except for one--the only one that truly mattered?
What would you do?


It starts off like a perfectly normal day and then bam. In a flash everything changes.

The best part of this book was definitely the characters. I loved the main character Mia, her boyfriend Adam, her groovy parents and Teddy, her adorable younger brother. I loved the main main characters especially but even the supporting group of characters were likable and added to the story.

Even though this book is sad, it wasn't gripping enough and I found myself losing interest and even skimming.

As for the flashbacks, it was interesting to see how she had gotten together with her boyfriend, how she’d come to play a musical instrument, among other things, but I found myself wanting to hurry up the book and get back to the present time so I could see how Mia was doing and what was happening.

Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would of hoped, I still may pick up the sequel, Where She Went, as I’ve heard it’s better than the first and also as it’s told from Adam’s point of view.

I was pleased with the ending as it’s full of possibilities and gives the reader hope.

Rating 2.5/5


  1. really? i loved it. but then againi love most books.
    the sequel is a lot better, and deffinetly more gripping. you should give it ago. especially is you liked the characters.

  2. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this as much as you anticipated. For what it's worth, I think the sequel is better. :)