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Read Harder Challenge - A YA novel

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)If I Stay by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

My friend read this book before me and knowing my reading taste she told me it was one I should skip.  She knew I wouldn't like the abrupt ending.  Then she found out there was a second book and I quickly put the book on hold (still waiting for book 2!).

I really liked how the title played multiple roles in the story. Mia is faced with the question of staying with her family or going off to explore her music. She's questions if she should stay with her chosen musical path. But the ultimate question is should she stay alive. I think this really powerful, this idea that in a situation like hers, we can make that choice. It really made me think.

I liked that she is able to walk away from her body and see how her loved ones are coping and reacting to the events.  It's almost a It's A Wonderful Life kind of story.  She gets to see what role she plays in everyone's lives. It helps her figure out if she should stay.

I can't wait to read book 2!  I also have plans to read more Gayle Forman books!

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