If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I am on a mission to read more! I used to be a complete bookworm and you would often find me curled up on my bed with a good book (and some slightly terrible ones) as opposed to spending time with friends and family! In order to achieve this goal, I am buying one new book each month! I am also going to write a down to earth of each book I buy and read! These reviews will come from a readers point of view, in terms of enjoyment, storyline and whether the book is an addictive read or if it is one I will happily leave half read for a couple of weeks!

The first book I have read in this little challenge of mine is one I bought maybe a year ago. It had been sat on my shelf for a while and somehow survived the charity shop book cull.

If I Stay

I bought this book when the film had come out so unfortunately, my copy has the film cover. I’m not always super keen on film covers but ultimately the cover does not change the story contained within. Admittedly I’m not a major fan of the original cover either so I guess my opinion wouldn’t have changed either way!


Without giving any spoilers away this book as basically about a 17-year-old (mia) who seems to have a pretty good life. She had recently auditioned to study at Julliard (she plays the cello), is completely and utterly in love with her punk rock boyfriend and has a seemingly perfect family. This all changes when a snow day cancels school and the family decide to drive to visit her grandparents. Except they don’t quite make it.

A freak car accident changes everything. I’m not going to let on what really happens but Mia is no longer in her body in the physical sense. She can see the devastation that has happened and she can see herself lying there. She watches as the paramedics work to deal with what has happened and she joins her body in the helicopter and travels to the hospital. She then watches the scenes that unfold over that day and night. She watches her family and friends worry and grieve somewhat.

But Mia has a decision, should she stay?

My Thoughts

As soon as I read the first few pages I knew I would be hooked on reading again. It is a super easy read that flits between the present time and Mia’s memories. Despite this back and forth I didn’t once get confused and instead felt like I had indeed known Mia her whole life.

The story also got me to thinking if I too were in that situation of seeing my body in ICU and seeing my family in that state of paused grief what would I do. Would I stay and live possibly an incomplete life or would I go to where ever it is that we go next? And quite simply I am still sat here saying I honestly don’t know.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, indeed I do! If you are looking for an easy yet thought-provoking read then this might just be the one for you! I am sure I will pick up the next in the series very soon!



I hope you guys enjoyed this little review! It’s not really something I have done before so was a little wary when writing this as I didn’t want to cause a ruckus amongst fans of the book and that of Gayle Forman. Let me know what you thought of this book and if you have any suggestions of books I should read down below in the comments!


7 thoughts on “If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  1. If I Stay will always have a special little place in my heart. If you enjoyed this one, the sequel, Where She Went is JUST as amazing!

    If i was floating above my body in the ICU or just even aware of what was happening I’d probably pass out. My spiritual self would faint lol

  2. This sounds like an amazing book! My reading list is increasing. I love any books or movies that include an out of body experience, I wonder if they truely happen? I’m not sure what I would do in the situation either.

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