4 March 2016

From The Bookshelf | If I Stay

I'm back today with a little book review. Ever since I started university, I've reawakened my love for reading. With so much more time to do so, I find myself lost in another world on a daily basis. I had been meaning to read If I Stay ever since I heard that there was a movie, so I thought it would be great as the first read of 2016. I did not have high expectations for this because as with most things that are over-hyped, I end up disappointed. 

I can't say much without giving away a lot of detail, but this book is about 17 year old Mia, who's life changes in an instant when she is invovled in a car accident, killing her family. As the only one still alive, she's faced with the decision to keep fighting and to stay alive, or to go. 

Where do I begin? This book was hard to put down. As I kept on reading, I wanted to know what happens in the end. The plot was not what grabbed my attention, as I felt that there wasn't really a plot, but the way that it was so beautifully written, explaining the family dynamic and even the typical teenage love story was grasping. I appreciated the way in which Gayle Forman wrote about the simplest of things in life, like Mia having a conversation with her grandfather in such a heart-warming way.

The almost 'perfect' characters, especially Mia's boyfriend, Adam were a way of emphasizing the moral of the story. It's not so much a book about little imperfections and drama, but it's about celebrating life. It's about appreciating the little things that we often overlook because we are so caught up in other issues that we consider more important. Gayle reminded me that even if it feels like my world is falling apart, it really isn't. There are people around me that love me, even if it may seem like the opposite. 

There were flashbacks of the moments she shared with her loved ones and those memories made it even harder for Mia to finally decide whether to stay or to go. I wouldn't say I could relate to the characters, as the story was unusual, however the book will definitely make you think. That's what made me like it. It makes you think. We're all faced with choices in life. You know the phrase, "it's a matter of life or death". Yeah, those kinda choices. Except most of the time, it's not really a matter of life or death. But put yourself in Mia's shoes for a second... 

After discussing this book with a friend, and asking each other, "what would you do?", I realised that it is indeed a really hard decision to make. There are so many things that come into mind when making a decision like whether or not to go. Let's just say, I still haven't come to a conclusion, but I definitely appreciate my life a little more. 

"You can have your wishes, your plans, but at the end of the day, it's out of your control" - Gayle Forman 

Have you read If I Stay? What did you think of it? 

Till Next Time 

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