If I stay is a coming of age story, dealing with the harsh realities of love, loss, death and continuing to live despite everything that life throws at you. Mia has the world at her feet, she's a talented classical musician, she has the perfect rocker boyfriend, a family she loves and a little brother she actually gets on with. But everything is shattered when the family are involved in a horrific car accident, and Mia is thrown from the car.
Standing at the side of the road, Mia is cold, scared and alone. Until she sees herself, lying on the ground. In an outer body experience, that can only be likened to that of being a ghost, Mia has to watch the next twenty four hours unfold, and make a choice, should she stay?
I found Gayle Formans writing to be beautiful, enough that it made me cry and very few books actually manage to do that. Despite Mia being in limbo, unable to feel and connect with those around her, I really felt for her as a character. The flashbacks that take place over the twenty four hours, some see as unnecessary - but I see them as crucial. We needed them in order to understand the enormity of what Mia has lost.
A book that made me feel this way, would normally be given 5/5 stars. However, I had two gripes with the book. The first was that I felt it was too short, the ending felt too abrupt and I didn't feel like the book gave me the pay off that I was expecting towards the end.
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But regardless of the few issues I had, I still absolutely loved this book, it was beautiful and and I cannot wait to see the film adaptation next month. (Trailer)