If I Stay…
“And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”
“I’m not choosing, but I’m running out of fight.”
“Don’t be scared…Women can handle the worst kind of pain. You’ll find out one day.”
Where She Went…
“I needed to hate someone and you’re the one I love the most, so it fell on you.”
“Letting go. Everyone talks about it like it’s the easiest thing. Unfurl your fingers one by one until your hand is open.”
“But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I’ll get through today.”
“But I’d do it again. I know that now. I’d make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she’s somewhere out there. Alive.”
If I Stay:
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
Where She Went:
It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.
Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
If I Stay series has been on our list for quite some time. I’ve been a fan of YA book for awhile and of course this has always been on the top of the must reads for YA. To be honest I get wary when it’s a book everyone loves, but Gayle Forman has lived up to the hype. The If I Stay series was a beautiful, heartfelt, but heartbreaking story of tragedy and trying to come to terms with the fallout of choices. A story of the strength it takes to live. A story of devastating loss of more than one kind and how they deal with it and accept it. I will admit I did cry a couple times in the books something that hasn’t happened in a YA book for me in quite some time. I absolutely loved this book series and might even break down and watch the movie I’ve just learned about. HaHa
With the level of emotion and depth in this series I’m even more excited for her newest book I Have Lost My Way out 3/27/2018.
If you haven’t read the If I Stay series you can get in on amazon by clicking HERE
About the Author:
Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just One Series, I Was Here, Where She Went and the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and in 2014 was adapted into a major motion picture.
Gayle published Leave Me, her first novel starring adults in 2016 and her latest novel, I Have Lost My Way, comes out in March of 2018.
Gayle lives with her husband and daughters in Brooklyn.