Sunday, September 30, 2012

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I am back reviewing with a vengeance - and boy let me tell you, this novel was an amazing choice to start with!

About the Book:

A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

About the Author:

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a journalist who specialized in reporting on young people and social-justice issues. Which is a fancy way of saying I reported on all the ways that young people get treated like crap—and overcome! I started out working for Seventeen magazine, writing the kinds of articles that people (i.e. adults) never believe that Seventeen ran (on everything from child soldiers in Sierra Leone to migrant teen farm workers in the U.S.). Later on, I became a freelance journalist, writing for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan. 

My first young-adult novel, Sisters in Sanity, was based on another one of those social justice articles I wrote when for Seventeen and you can click here to read the article. Sisters was published in 2007. My next book, If I Stay, was published in April of 2009 by Dutton. It is also being published in 30 countries around the world, which is surreal. The sequel/companion book to If I Stay, Where She Went, comes out in April 2011. I am currently working on a new YA novel, that is, when my kids (plural, after Willa we adopted Denbele from Ethiopia) allow me to. And after that book is finished, I’ll write another, and another….

Wow. This is crazy long. I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, 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.

My Thoughts:

I loved this novel - it took me back to young adult literature after a summer of many adult novels and I was glad to get back!

The plot was sensational - the idea that when we are critically injured that we can somehow have an out of body experience and see what is happening and even make a decision about which direction we want to go is breathtaking.

I think that the characters really set this novel up, Adam and Mia are of course the young couple in love facing some tough decisions when a tragic accident befalls them - their course is set into motion and at the end of the novel you don't find out where there relationship heads because there is a second book (which I am reading now, equally as good as the first!) 

Amazing author, my first read of hers and I am hooked - looking forward to finishing up the second on soon!

My Rating: 5/5

1 comment:

  1. I love your review, Lindsay! I feel that if people idolized books like this, as opposed to other fads like Honey Boo Boo, our world might be a better place. :)