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.

Writing
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.

MST3K
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

3 comments:

  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!

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

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

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