Tuesday, May 12, 2009

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If you think you've seen a review of this book on my blog, it's because you have. I reviewed it here. But today, this book will be reviewed by none other than my mom.

So without further ado:

[description from author website]

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love— music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

My Mom's review:

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I went to the book signing that Gayle did for this book, while listening to her read the first couple pages, thought to myself "I want to read this book!". Yes, me a mom really wanting to read a YA book! Khy (my daughter) allowed me (usually only her blogger friends get to touch her books... so I feel lucky) to read her copy. Now, you know it's good when a mom of 3 and a dog who thinks he's a child can finish a book in one afternoon. It was that AMAZING! After personally experiencing not a near death experience but close enough to be one without the bright light, I found this book comforting. As sad as the circumstance of the book were, as a mom and a survivor, I was touched by the reality. Reading through the book my idea of how the book would end was pretty on.

I loved the characters and how if you closed your eyes, you could see them perfectly. (I thought Gayle did a GREAT job in the description category). From the music, to the love between the characters, very real! As a mom, I would love for my daughters to bring home a guy like Adam, fun, thoughtful caring, all the qualities we moms look for our wee ones.

I think not only every tween-teen (boy & girl) but every parent who has ever loved or lost, should read this book. Should be mandatory reading kinda like what you have to read in school to graduate, I think it is that good. Moms, sneak into your child's room, grab a cup of what comforts you, some tissue too and curl up to this very special book written by a very insightful lady.



This is my mom's first review. Didn't she do a lovely job? Thank you mommy! You're fabulous.

You should comment on it. I demand you.

Also, if you have read the book, you should recommend book that mi madre would also like, because she has asked and I have no ideas whatsoever. Adele, I bet you have ideas. (Also: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADELE!)

I like guest reviews. Less work for me. xD My brother will be a guest soonish (he's going to talk about a Deb book! I'm spreading the Deb love to the young'ns.) And I may force my sister to review something. We'll see. I'd force my dad to as well, but I don't think you want to read a review for a book about some race car driver.


  1. Based on this awesome review, your mommy might also like The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

  2. awww mother daughter bonding. love it!

  3. Awe, Khy's Mommy's first review! It was wonderful. =) I demand more. xD


  4. Great review :) I was going to recommend Elsewhere as well.

  5. I loved her review!! I agree with her 100% on the book! I LOVED IT!! There is an old book that is somewhat like this one, called Haunted Sister by laek Little, It is about a family who had twins and lost one when they were little, but when she got in an accident, they start to realize that maybe it was the other twin all along, it sounds weird, but it was really good!!

  6. thank you everyone for the comments..I think I will try out Elsewhere..Amber.. I will mostly likely for sure read Haunted Sister first though, as I am a twin! ...karma

  7. That's such a great idea!
    My mom like Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale, so she might like that one, though it's not alot like If I Stay.

    But great review :)

  8. I love it when moms get bloggy! Great review! This one's in my TBR stack.

  9. How fun. . . I loved this book as well.

    I really loved Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Zevin (much better than Elsewhere, I thought). Totally reminded me of this book.

  10. Great review! My mum also wants to read my copy of "If I stay".

  11. Aww, this is so awesome, and your mom should do more reviews! They're wonderful, and it's really fun to see how another generation receives YA books. Well done (and for almost no work on your part, hehe)!

  12. Thanks for the b-day wishes Khy! Your mum wrote a lovely review. I am guessing you asked me for recommendations bc I am "old"? Gayle's Sisters in Sanity is a great read. I have really enjoyed Beth Fantaskey's Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside, a member of the Bit Lit club. She might like some Carrie Ryan, Meg Rosoff and I think she'd love Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road and everything else that brilliant lady has written.

    I'll get back to you once I create a more comprehensive list :P

  13. I loved this book too!

    And your mom should totally write some more reviews, she's awesome!

  14. Great job, Mom!

    I've been dying to read this one for soooo long!