If I Stay

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What would you do if you had to choose? A haunting novel about the power of love and loss - a story that won't quite let you go.

 
If I Stay, Gayle Forman

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.Everybody has to make choices.Some might break you.For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope. But life can change in an instant. A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $17.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781862308312
    Published: 01/07/2010
    Imprint: Definitions (Young Adult)
    Extent: 240 pages
  • Hardback
    $29.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780385616201
    Published: 15/05/2009
    Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
    Extent: 224 pages
  • EBook
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    ISBN: 9781407048574
    Published: 01/07/2010
    Imprint: RHCP Digital
    Extent: 240 pages
  • Paperback
    $17.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781909531239
    Published: 01/08/2014
    Imprint: Definitions (Young Adult)
    Extent: 240 pages
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"This is a wonderful, beautiful book; so gripping, so wise and oh, so heart-breakingly painful" - Carmen Reid

"a compulsive read" - Jacqueline Wilson

"For the first few pages, If I Stay comes across like a light hearted story about a teenager, her love life and her kooky family, but from the moment Forman hits you with the devastatingly detached description of the aftermath of the crash, you know you've picked up something special" - The Book Bag - online

"STARRED REVIEW - laced with insight, good humor, and wonder" - Booklist (US)

"This is a haunting and heartbreaking novel reminiscent of The Lovely Bones . . . Impossible to put down" - Sue Steel, Bookseller

"It reminded me very much of THE LOVELY BONES. I found it uplifting and satisfying" - Anne Cassidy

"You really care about the characters and it makes you question what you would do in the same circumstances. My heart was in my mouth at the end of it" - Mary Hooper

"Beneath this dramatic storyline, which will resonate with older teen readers, Gayle Forman cleverly explores the fragility and uncertainty of life. She does so in an emotive and thoughtful manner that will persuade even the most cynical reader of the importance of friendship, family and love" - Waterstone's Books Quarterly

"The author endows the narrative with as much humor as poignancy and lays bare the challenges Mia has encountered in each of her relationships as well as the breakthroughs, leaving readers in suspense until the final bars." - www.shelf-awareness.com

"STARRED REVIEW - Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living" - Publishers Weekly (US)

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Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman

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.

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