Book Review: If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
As a fan of Ate Marish’s blog, I keep track of the books she’s recommending her readers and this one caught my attention. I looked up the plot and voila! I downloaded it thru pdf and read it. I thought it was similar to Before I Fall but in spite of it being a story about a “soul trapped in between life and death”, it is a love story and I so loved it. I even cried near the ending of the book. This is really worth reading and you won’t be able to put it down once you start.

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.” 

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  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This is the sequel to If I Stay. But unlike the first book, Adam Wilde — Mia’s (ex)boyfriend — is the one telling the story. I don’t wanna spoil you, but in the first book, they broke up because Mia had to go to New York and study in Julliard. But one night, chance brought them together and they roamed around places in New York that are not mostly visited by common tourist. The thing is, I strongly encourage you to read this book! Hahaha. Well, I’m practically saying that all over this post but whatever. Where She Went has that kind of love story that actually makes you realize the importance of communication and commitment. Though Adam’s words and expression about certain things are said in a very simple way — not too metaphoric like Augustus (The Fault In Our Stars) or cheap like some characters from a lame Watty story — you can actually feel all the emotion and cry every time he says “those things” that he’s been burying inside his soul for the past three years :)
“But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I’ll get through today.” “It would’ve been easier to die. It’s not that I want to be dead now. I don’t. I have a lot in my life that I get satisfaction from, that I love. But some days, especially in the beginning, it was so hard. And I couldn’t help but think that it would’ve been so much simpler to go with the rest of them. But you—you asked me to stay. You begged me to stay. You stood over me and you made a promise to me, as sacred as any vow.” 

Go to the nearest National Bookstore and buy this one!

Jashrawr.

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