We are-two crazy teenagers-Raven and Beez and on this blog we hope to enlighten you with our hilarious comments on the countless books we have read ;)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Beez: If I stay 
Gayle Forman

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She WentJust One Day, and the forthcoming Just One Year

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says.

Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope. 

But life can change in an instant. 

A cold February morning ...a snowy road ...and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all. 

Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.

This book is brilliantly written. From the beginning I loved Mia and her family and her connection to music. I loved the music part esp. And Adam. Adam is the utmost perfect boyfriend. 

Mia's family is the family everybody wants. The perfect family. Everybody's happy. Parents love each other. Siblings don't hate each other. In fact Mia loves Teddy(her cute monkey little bro). 
This story is a heart breaking story. What happens in this book is so unfair. Of all families. This book is also like a path of realization for Mia. There are flashbacks and she its hard to believe all of its been snatched away. I for one refused to believe what happened to Teddy. I was madly hoping that he was alright. I'd read the lines about him over and over but I didn't want to believe it. That cannot happen to Teddy. Anyway I had no choice in the end. But its true that not everything you wish were true is necessarily true. This book also teaches us to appreciate what we have; the people we love and of course the people who love us. You never realize what you have before its taken away.

I have to say I have a the hugest character crush on Adam from the book. My heart melts out to him. He is so sweet and so amazing. When I found out that where she went was Adam's POV I flipped. And on ll the dates that Mia recollects I was lying at his feet in a gooey puddle. One of the best part I thought was when Mia asks him which me do you like, he gives the perfect reply. Kinda like Cricket Bell in Lola and the boy next door and unlike Max from Lola and the boy next door. And Adam's and Mia's first date is soo adorably cute I just wanted to kiss him. My heart literally broke into two when he asks Mia to stay.

 Another thing I loved in this book was the music. It adds soo much more character to the book. I think the book would be incomplete without it. Mia is nothing if not for music. The way she related to it is beautiful. I also makes her human. And the part that all her family is into rock and pop music and she happens to like classical is amusing. I loved the music in this book. It helps you connect to this book.

I just realized this book was soo much like the serial The secret life of the american teenager. Mia is just like Amy- both are good girls, musicians who play less popular instruments, and have come across a life changing decision. Also my mind discovered that if you try to rearrange the letters from Mia to Ami it sounds exactly like Amy! And vice versa.
Adam is quite like Ben. He loves Mia soo much. And he'd do anything for her. I could feel Adams pain when he said its ok if Mia decides not to stay with Adam any more cause it would hurt loads. I thought Mia would stay forever with Adam. But I found out otherwise from the summary of Where she went. 
There's no Ricky or any other guy. 
And of course there's no teenage pregnancy but there's the accident which is a huge thing. She's facing the same problems as Amy just in a different way. 

This story can be said as cliche and like every other book but what makes it different is that it has a powerful story and it really connects with you. Especially the music. Its not just the normal but it has everything. It has pain, reminiscing, beautiful family moments, normal problems and amazing characters. The idea behind the story might be very common but the style of writing make this book spectacular. 

There are a lot of sad moments in this book. That's the main focus of this book. Losing whats close to your heart. And making the decision. Stay or not to stay?
The ending is heartbreaking. It probably will reduce you to tears. But i think she made the right decision. After all life is hard, what matters is that you do the right thing or at least try to.
That being said i'm not really a doer of the right thing. I'm more in favor of the more fun thing.
Call me crazy but i'm having a lot of fun ;)

4.75. The only reason it lost .25 is the common plot, and I feel terrible for even taking that much.

Lots of love and strawberry, lemon and black pepper popsicles!