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.)
"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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