October 30th, 2010

Review: If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Initial Review:

Emotionally strong. Not a fan of the ending though. I’m thrilled to see a sequel is releasing in ’11.


I won this over on Book Chic Club. Thanks James!


This book was kind of hard for me to get through. It was a weird subject matter: horrible accident causes girl to go into a coma and ends up walking around watching her friends, family, nurses, doctors and boyfriend basically fall apart in one form or another.

The ending isn’t much of an ending. It basically sets up a possible sequel, which I was thrilled to see there would be one, or a really horrible open ended ending that lets the reader interpret as they wish, which in this case isn’t a worthy ending at all.

I enjoyed the characters but it’s such a tragic book that the connection of the reader to characters isn’t completely needed because it just happens.
Lastly, I’m glad I read this before I became pregnant as I know that my pregnancy hormones would never had let me finish this book without tons of waterworks. Be prepared.

The next book in the series, Where She Went, will release 04/05/2011.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

208 pages, Dutton Juvenile, (2011-04-05)

$16.99 (Amazon.com)

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3 Responses to “Review: If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman”

  1. I’m not pregnant and I still bawled…at work over my lunch hour. Not embarrassing at all, right?! :)

  2. Not embarrassing at all! It just means the author did their job and made us connect to the characters.

  3. I just reviewed this, too. I absolutely bawled – it got a huge emotional response out of me. It is a tragic book.

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

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