If I Stay

if-i-stayOn a day that started like any other…

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left – the most important decision she’ll ever make. 

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving. 

I’ve heard a lot of love and hate about this book. Here’s what I thought…. This book has its ups and downs.

First, this story is told by Mia (main character) and this is her journey after a tragic accident involving her and her family.  Her soul kind of separated from her body — and the soul was the one narrating the story (kinda weird, but well, who knows?).

What I don’t like in the story: MIA. I really was not able to love Mia. Her character is bland. She has issues with herself and it really annoys me. The way she thinks and acts doesn’t really suit her age.

What I like in the story:

  • I like how interesting and unusual the narration is (but again, i really don’t like the narrator). It has flashbacks which gives the readers  a clearer picture of ‘what was it like’ before the accident.
  • I like that it involves music and I like the idea that music can bring two different people together.
  • I love the family of Mia — totally cool (including her grandpa and grandma, aunts and uncles). I love how they were so supportive and they were someone whom you can talk to about anything and everything.
  • I also kind of like Kim (Mia’s bestfriend), i like how she was supportive of Mia and how she was already a part of the family.
  • ADAM. I don’t know. I think I have a soft spot for rock stars! (lol) I just love his character, how he loved Mia and her family. I like all the effort that he’s done for MIA.


This story is bitter sweet, I like it but don’t really love it. At the end of the story, there is this curiosity, there is a question — what’s next? I love how it ended. That cliffhanger will annoy and excite you.


Love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on it.



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