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June 2, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: Best Book of the Month

Kate Hart
I should be presenting the best book I read in May. Unfortunately for this post, I beta read two awesome manuscripts but no books that are ready for prime time. So instead:

The second best book I read in April: 
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

(To be fair-- second best is no consolation prize when first place went to WILL GRAYSON WILL GRAYSON. Any other month, IF I STAY would have won, hands down.)

The blurb:

"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."

Okay, so full disclosure: I bought this thinking I was getting BEFORE I FALL. I was disappointed when I realized my mistake-- but the only thing disappointing about this book was its rushed ending. I liked the ending, it just happened too quickly.

But everything else, I loved. Mia is a strong heroine-- and we know that not because she's snarky or kickass, but because we see her weaknesses, both in her current dilemma and her remembered past.

I loved the family dynamic, with Mia feeling like the least cool member of her quirky family, and I loved that her own talents were so unique. Also, the love interest was pretty swoon-worthy, and not just because he fronts a band. Although that doesn't hurt. He, Mia's little brother and her best friend brought an element of humor to an otherwise gut-wrenching book.

I haven't cried reading a book in years, and I didn't boo hoo at this one, but I did tear up. IF I STAY is newly in paperback but worth the cost of hardcover.

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  1. ooh, this looks good. I love the cover with the tree -- beautiful. It sounds like a great story.

  2. Full disclosure: When I saw the cover I thought you'd picked Before I Fall too. WTF is up with that?!

    Sounds really good though - glad it worked out!


    does it have a happy ending?

  4. I've been wanting to get my hands on a copy of this one, so I'm glad you liked it! :)

  5. Such a good book. I love that last cover, is it a foreign edition?

  6. I think this one's already on my wish list, but thanks for the review! It's nice to have a second opinion. I can't wait to read the book...!!

  7. Beautiful, beautiful book. I read it last month too. Great choice!

  8. I want to read this book! I almost picked it up at B&N the other day but then guiltily decided I didn't *really* need to buy something lol.

  9. LOL @ picking it up by accident. Love that it turned out well, though. I need to pick this one up. Sounds good.

  10. This was a very close second for my "best book of the month" post. If I hadn't been SO enchanted by Ella, this would have won. It made me cry too.

  11. I love this book too. Good pick. I love all the covers as well. I felt a bit teary in it too and I agree, the family dynamic is just really cool.

    What is it about boys in bands ;)?

  12. Ooo ooo ooo!! I have been wanting to read this for so long! I'm so glad to read a good review.

  13. Nice! I'll add to my to read list! that tree cover is so striking!

  14. I've read "If I Stay" and really liked it. I just finished "Liar" and loved it. As in looooooved it! I wish I could write like that. If you haven't read it, read it! :)

  15. Well I do say, Kate, you have great taste! I picked the same book :)

  16. Tahereh-- Yes. Sparkly unicorns show up and take everyone to heaven. But shhh. I don't want to spoil it for everyone else!

  17. Ah, I need to stop being so broke all the time...

  18. This is on my wish list.

    I like the different covers, but the 2nd is my favorite.


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