Saturday, September 19, 2015

Book & Movie Review~If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Publisher: Definitiions
Pub Date: July 8th, 2014
Format: Paperback (Movie Tie In)
Pages: 210
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: 7.5/10
Source: Bought
Cover Talk: I love this cover! I like the movie tie in cover better than the original one.

My Thoughts: Hmm... I liked this book but honestly I didn't think it was as amazing as everyone says it is. I did enjoy reading it but I didn't get attached to the characters and I'm pretty sure I'll forget about it soon.

Story: The story was nice. A bit different from the usual stories and sad. I liked the themes of family and love. I'm a very easy crier but while I did tear up during a couple of scenes, I never full on cried while reading this book. I think it's because I wasn't really attached to any of the characters. Nevertheless, the story was good and I did enjoy it.

Writing: I really liked the writing. It had a kind of poetry style to it. And I liked the alternating present, past storytelling. I would definitely love to read more books by Gayle Forman.

Characters: Mia wasn't very relatable to me. I'm not into music that much and while some aspects of our personalities do match, I just couldn't relate to Mia. Sometimes she kind of irritated me, though I'm not sure why. I'm pretty sure it's me, not Mia though. 

I really liked Adam but as I said before, I couldn't really connect to him the way I wanted to. I felt the same way about all other characters. They didn't feel real to me.

Overall: This book feels like a hazy dream. I can't remember much about it even when I try to remember. I mean I know what went down but I can't remember how it made me feel. I think because it didn't make me feel all that much.

Movie: I know I sound like a hypocrite but I absolutely loved the movie! I'm one of those people who believe that the book is always better than the movie but this was an exception. The movie gave life to the book. Made the characters real. I cried so hard while watching the movie! And I absolutely loved the music! The casting was great and I'm glad that they stayed true to the book but they also gave the book a new life. While, to me, the book felt like a hazy dream, the movie felt like real life. I loved Mia, I loved Adam, I loved the story, the characters, everything! The movie made me laugh and cry and I really enjoyed it a lot! And I don't usually listen to movie soundtracks but I absolutely loved the one for If I Stay! The music was beautiful and amazing!

Favorite Quotes: 

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.” 

“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.” 

About The Author:

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications asJane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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