Sunday, November 21, 2010
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
So, she has to decide if she should stay, or if she should let herself succumb to death. That’s it. It’s a simple premise, but powerfully written. There are details – she’s a talented cellist, her boyfriend plays in a rock band, her parents are “cool", she has a best friend and a little brother. All of this adds to the story, but it’s Mia’s narration that is special. I don’t know how Forman could write something like this without having a near-death experience, but it’s vividly imagined and felt real to me.
Another book that might be a read-alike is Aftershock by Kelly Easton. This is a quick read, and in my opinion, not to be missed.
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