If I StayÂ a book that everyone can take something from.
The dialogue, narration, flashbacks, plot,Â everythingÂ just fit together like magic. Finally we have a protagonist with a functional family! (This always bothered me.. it's like everyone has something wrong with their family. "Wicked stepmother disease".)Â
So believable, so real.Â
I can imagine all of this happening in real life, because itÂ does!Â Almost 40,000 people are killed in car-wrecks each year in America alone. That could be your sister, your cousin, your favorite teacher, your friend, a parent... All gone. It could be you, gone.
I loved the mystery. I didn't know what Mia's choice would be, though I think Forman could have pulled off either ending well. But that's all I'll say.. don't want to give anything away!
It is the perfect length.. any longer and it would have gotten annoying .
If I StayÂ has left me thinking about my life, and wondering, if I had the choice and was in Mia's position, would I stay? That's what Gayle Forman was trying to accomplish, I believe, and she succeeded. With flying colors.