What can I say about If I Stay? Well, for starters, I can say that it is a beautiful novel that should not go unread. The cover of my paperback edition says that it will appeal to fans of Twilight and being a huge Twilight nerd, this made me want to read it even more. Now that I’ve read it, I am thoroughly confused as to why If I Stay is compared to Twilight. There are no vampires, no werewolves, no love-triangles (though, I’m a firm believer that there is no such thing in Twilight) and nobody sparkles. Nonetheless, I loved reading If I Stay as much, if not more, than I did reading Twilight.
First off, I would like to thank Gayle Forman for writing such a beautiful story. Like Maggie Stiefvater, Forman’s writing is poetic and lyrical, which fits with the music aspect of the story. As a musician, the music aspect of the novel, which is a huge part of it, made the story even more memorable and amazing and allowed me to connect to it. Not only is Forman’s writing amazing, her characters are too. There’s not one character in If I Stay that I don’t like. In fact, I love them all, but I particularly like Mia’s grandparents and her best friend, Kim. I liked experiencing Mia and Adam’s relationship through the flashbacks and like Sam and Grace from Stiefvater’s Shiver, I found their relationship heartwarming and heart wrenching. But beautifully so.
The only thing that bothered me was that I felt like there wasn’t enough of an emphasis on the decision Mia has to make. But maybe I missed something and will catch it when I read it again. Other than that, I didn’t find anything else wrong with the book.
If you haven’t done so already, go and find a copy of If I Stay and bask in its awesomeness. You won’t be sorry. And don’t be deterred by the Twilight comparisons because If I Stay is nothing like it. It’s a wonderful novel with an amazing story and cast of characters that will leave you wanting to read it again.
(cover images taken from Barnes and Nobles’ website)