Series: If I Stay

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Review: “Where She Went” – Gayle Forman

September 12, 2014 Book Review, Initial Reaction 1

 Review: “Where She Went” – Gayle FormanWhere She Went by Gayle Forman
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Published on: April 5th 2011
Published by: Dutton Books
Pages: 264
Series: If I Stay #2
Genre: YA Romance
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the If I Stay series. You can find my reviews of the rest of the series via the links below:

If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

If I Stay (Movie Review)

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(summary from Goodreads)

It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life.

And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?

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I was wondering how this book was going to be done, and once I found out there was a three year gap I was really hoping it would be the same present day/flashback layout as If I Stay. I really wanted to know what had happened with Mia after she woke up in the hospital, how she dealt with the immediate aftermath of her families death. So I was very happy when we got it all, present and past all from Adam’s point of view.

“You asked me to stay. You begged me to stay. You stood over me and you made a promise to me, as sacred as any vow.”

When I first started reading I felt like someone else had written it. This Adam that I was reading about was not the Adam I was used to. He was so damaged, his love for music and life just gone. It was hard and totally heartbreaking. In the first book we are always thinking about Mia and what she is going through and how amazing of a boyfriend Adam is in supporting her thorough her tragedy.

“You don’t share me. You own me.”

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Review “If I Stay” – Gayle Forman

August 11, 2014 Book Review, Initial Reaction 0

Review “If I Stay” – Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
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Published on: April 2nd 2009
Published by: Dutton Books
Pages: 210
Series: If I Stay #1
Genre: YA Romance
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the If I Stay series. You can find my reviews of the rest of the series via the links below:

If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
Where She Went (If I Stay #2)

If I Stay (Movie Review)

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(summary from Goodreads)

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.

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.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

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This book, in its most basic form, is a story about a seventeen year old girl who has to make the choice whether  to live or to die.

As humans our most basic instinct is to survive so I went into this book very much wanting Mia (who I didn’t know at the time) to survive, I mean how could someone with that choice chose any different? But as you read Mia’s story you start to understand what she is going through and how sometimes the decision is not as easy as you think.

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

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