Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: If I Stay

Mia is a normal seventeen year old high school student who has a great boyfriend, two youthful and eccentric parents, and a sweet little brother.  In a second, a car crash takes her entire family and Mia finds herself watching as her own body is taken to the hospital.  If I Stay chronicles Mia's time in the hospital and her remembrances of her family as she must decide whether or not to stay in the face of such an enormous loss.

I want to qualify my view of the writing by saying that everyone else I know raved about the writing in this book.  People I think very highly of as reviewers, book fanatics, and writers themselves have written some great blog posts about how much they loved the writing, and I recommend that you check those out.  I don't typically qualify my opinion on the writing because this is my blog and if I don't like the writing, I don't like it.  In this case, I've heard way too many differing opinions from people I trust to just flat out say the writing is average.  For me, the writing was just ok.  Nothing jumped out at me as especially amazing or striking.  I have no criticisms either, but it didn't stand out to me as anything more than standard YA fare.  I think the story was original and I had no complaints, but I also don't have the raves that some did.

Again, for me, this one was ok.  I almost think that this may be another case where my expectations were just too high from the beginning.  I had heard such wonderful things from my writer/reader/blogger friends that I expected to be blown away.  And I was certainly entertained.  I read the entire book in one evening.  I just wasn't as blown away as I had thought I would be.  It didn't make me cry (although this is typical - I rarely cry when reading) and I wasn't just DYING for the next installment in the series (Where She Went).  I cared about the characters, but not as much as I wanted to.  I wasn't sad to leave them at the end and I didn't wonder what would happen to them next.  I DO plan to read Where She Went, and I've heard wonderful things about it.  I just wasn't as thrilled with this one as I had planned to be. 

Here are the links to some of my blogging friends who have given this one rave reviews and have, in particular, discussed the writing:

Laurel at Chic Fit Geek
Cassie at Words On Paper
Crazy Bookworm
Crystal and Life, Love, and Literature
The Perpetual Page Turner


  1. I rarely cry when reading as well but movies always seem to make me cry. I think that I will pick this book up!

  2. This book did a great job at keeping me interested. I couldn't wait to see how it would end.

  3. Thanks for linking me!
    I have yet to pick the next one up, so I guess it didn't completely sell me.