September 20, 2014

#Review of If I Stay Collection (If I Stay #1-2) by @gayleforman

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.

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.

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.

And three years he's spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?

Finished Copies Signed by Author

About the Author

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Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle in the US. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

 My Review 

3 Meh Stars Book 

4 Better Stars Movie

Well I have to say that the movie deff got this one right!  I was amazed by how much the book matched the movie other than simple things. I think they did a bang up job.  I also have to say that I really liked the movie better than the book.  Although it did have a LOT of Twilighty moments esp the end haha. Everyone in the theater cracked up laughing when we saw it.  

The book starts out as a 10 event you learn a little about the fam etc and then BOOM the crash happens and the book goes down hill in pace from there.  I was getting to the point where I started skimming before I just gave up all together.  And it sucks because I have both books singed by the author from when I met her at LeakyCon this year :( 

Go Into This One Knowing

Well this one just wasn't for me. It starts out great and then dies. 

Buy The Books

Discussion  Questions

1.Compare and contrast a point in your life when you felt you controlled your future with a time when you felt powerless. 

2.Describe a situation when you gave up something in your life. Why did you do it? How did giving it up make you feel? 

3.How much control do we have over our own destiny? What coping skills help us deal with personal tragedy? 

4.Discuss the meanings of “sacrifice” and of “choice.” How are they different? How are they similar? 

5.Discuss the use of point of view in the story. To continue the first person, present tense, point of view introduced in the opening scene, the writer has Mia narrate the story in an unusual way. Why might the author have chosen this technique instead of writing the entire story from third person 

point of view? 

6 Forman makes extended use of flashback to tell the story. Explain how the flashback scenes help us understand Mia’s thoughts about living or dying. 
7. If I Stay is a superb example of internal conflict. Cite passages from the story that speak the strongest to Mia’s struggle. 
8.Could the story have been titled If I Leave? Why or why not? 

9. How strong are your beliefs in life after death?
10. If faced with the same issue, what would your choice be?
11. Would it matter if she was a mother and had lost her children instead of her family?

Disclaimer: Thanks to Goodreads and Amazon for the book cover, about the book, and author information.


Karen Maldonado said...

Is it bad that I never got into the book?

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