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Book of the Week | I Was Here by Gayle Forman

TITLE: I Was Here

AUTHOR: Gayle Forman

PUBLISHER: Viking Juvenile

RELEASE DATE: January 25, 2015

GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary

BUY LINKS: AMAZON | B&N

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss. (Description from Goodreads) 

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Book Review | If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Book Review | If I Stay

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.”

MY THOUGHTS

I was really looking forward to reading this book and finally purchased it from Target.  I thought I would cry while reading the book, but nothing ever came.  The story was great, but it didn’t have enough emotion for me and I didn’t really relate to the characters who all seemed to be these hipster music people to me.

Even though I wasn’t fond of the personalities of the characters, I did enjoy the overall message of the book (or at least what I thought was the message).  Never take the small things for granted.  Seeing as I have lost two very important people in my life, I do miss the small things.  Like watching Friends with my mother.  That seems like something very insignificant, but now that I can’t share that time with her I really miss it.

While Mia is trying to decide whether to move on or stay she thinks about a lot of things we take for granted, like spending time with family, friends, and significant others.  Essentially, when you’re time comes you don’t care what you did, but who you shared your life experiences with.  At least that’s what I will think about.

If Mia really could decide to live or die, she’d have to come to terms with the people closest to her being gone.  I’m not sure if I would decide to stay if I’d be an orphan and my young brother was gone. It would be really hard to cope with that kind of loss.

Now, I’m completely biased with my next comment, but I didn’t feel that there was enough of a connection between Mia and her boyfriend.  There wasn’t a lot of romance between these two characters and I felt like there could have been more to it.  But that’s just my hopeless romantic side talking.

Overall, If I Stay is a good book, but it didn’t live up to my expectations and sometimes I set those expectations too high.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“For the first time, I can sense how fully agonizing staying will be.  But then I feel Adam’s hand.”

OVERALL RATING

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Buy Links: Amazon, B&N, iBooks

Social Media Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr 

Publishing Company: Dutton, Penguin Group

Release Date: April 2, 2009

Genre: Young Adult

Upcoming Book Review | If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I purchased this book during one of my trips to Target.  I had been wanting to read it since it was getting good reviews and I’ve been wanting to see the movie.  I refuse to watch the movie before reading the book.  Anyone else agree?

Well, this is being added to the list of book reviews I need to catch up on.  Wedding planning is in full swing, so book reviews have been pushed back.  The fiance and I just sent out the save-the-dates and we have our menu tasting this Saturday.  I’m really excited to try the food that we will have at our wedding, plus I just love good food.

So for now, here’s a brief description of the book:

“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, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.”

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve read this already, let me know what you think.

Friday Finds | September 5, 2014

Here are a few books I found this week and have added to my reading list.  The first book I requested on Net Galley and got approved, so I should be reading that soon.  The second book has a movie adaptation that’s set to release soon.  So, I wanted to read the book before I see the movie.  Or should I see the movie first then read the book?

This is Falling by Ginger Scott (Found on BookGirl)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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