If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If you were to reminisce your past, would you be frustrated or satisfied? If you had a near-death experience and be given the chance to choose, would you leave the world or endure whatever comes?

The answer may be crystal clear to us but not for mia. She was grief-stricken after losing her family in a car accident. She went into a coma and is looking at her life once again, she’s in what we call the “in between”,so she has to make the most crucial decision in her life. “If i stay” is a poignant novel that would definitely tear the readers apart. I, for one, was moved by the problems and situations presented in the book because it’s something that everyone wants to know but no one wants to experience. At first, i was a bit hesitant to read the novel, it made me think to myself “why would i want to read this, it’ll only make me depress over something i’m not supposed to?” I guess i was being cynical after reading thirteen reasons why by jay asher because it didn’t give an impression to me. I thought they would generate the same feeling, but if i stay turned out pretty good. It’s amazing how a simple plot could be meaningful just by the way the author develops the story. The flashbacks helped a great deal in building up the emotion it gives the readers. It’s like reading one of mitch albom’s novel, for one more day.

Yes it was depressing , sad and it didn’t offer some shocking twists , but there’s more to it. It will make you think twice about you life. Have you done things you truly want? Have you said what you wanted to say to people? I’m glad it ended how i wanted it to end. I love how Adam, her boyfriend, made it happen. I love how kim, her bestfriend, assured her that she still has a family, that she’s not alone.

It will surely resonate to anyone. I did not cry a river just like what i read from the other reviewers. But i would still recommend it to anyone who’s been missing out a lot on ths topic. I admit i’m glad to have read this because i’m kind of tired of the Cheesy vampire/fallen angels novels i’ve been reading quite a lot lately.

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