If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I read If I Stay months ago and fell completely in love with it. It’s a simple and beautifully told story about first love, family, and profound choices.It’s also one of the few books that have made me cry, and I’m not talking about a few pretty tears; by the end I was fully and embarrassingly sobbing. Here’s the publisher’s blurb, incase you’re unfamiliar:

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 –Β to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.Β 

Here’s an interview: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-3859-Hartford-Books-Examiner~y2010m4d22-If-I-StayΒ with Gayle Forman in which she discusses If I Stay, the movie adaptation, comparisons to Twilight and The Lovely Bones and the role of music in the book. Definitely worth checking out if you’re already a fan, or if your curious to learn more!

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