Friday Reads Book Club: If I Stay



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If I Stay

by: Gayle Forman


 I decided to read this book after I had seen that a movie was going to be made. I am one that likes to read the books before going to see the movie. I picked up this book before leaving on a long weekend trip to Wisconsin. I thought for sure based on the movie trailer that this book would draw me in right away and I would find it hard to put down. This book was an interesting read in that based on the summary on the back of the book, the movie trailer, and what I had heard/read from other readers I figured I would be drawn right in. It was the complete opposite. I felt like the story dragged a bit. Don’t get me wrong it was a good book. I am very excited to see how the director/screen play writer made it into a movie.

Mia is a high school student. She lives with her  family, her mother, father and her younger brother. When school is cancelled for the day the family decides to drive to a family friends house. In an instant her life is changed. The story goes from Mia being in her body and doing things to being her bodies spirit/soul. When the car accident happens Mia gets out of the car and see the disaster. She finds her mom and dad then while looking for her younger brother she thinks she spots him under the car when she realizes that the person under the car is her. As she is transported to the hospital she has an out of body experience in which she is able to see all that is happening around her and to her. Throughout the remainder of the book she encounters and experiences the deep emotion that the people who she loves struggle through. Mia has a boyfriend and best friend in which the story is centered around. The book has flash back where you learn how her relationships with the people around her have developed. I am neutral on how the story ends. I would like to read find out what happens to Mia in the sequel to If I Stay called: Where She Went.

I am curious is any readers have read this book or seen the movie! If you have read the book let me know what you thought! If you have seen the movie please comment on if you think I should go see the movie!

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  1. I bawled my eyes out during the preview they showed of this before Guardians of the Galaxy. I had thought about reading the book but think I’ll pass for now and wait for the movie to come out as a rental!

  2. I haven’t read the book, but based on the previews for the movie it looks really interesting. And since I HAVE to read a book before seeing the movie, I guess I better get on it 🙂

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