A three-hanky novel…

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I came to this novel knowing nothing at all about the plot other than it was a family drama; but I had read several recommendations of the book from respected sources. They all said that it was a novel best encountered fresh, that knowing would spoil the enjoyment of reading it.

I concur wholeheartedly. This is a fantastic book about love, loss and decisions which made me well up with tears repeatedly. Written for teens (there are adult themes), it charts the story of Mia, a young cellist, her musical family and rocker boyfriend – you’ll fall in love with all of them. Set in Oregon, their story is picked out in flashback over the course of a couple of days.

That’s all I can say about the story without spoiling it. It’s short enough to be read in one session. It will appeal to fans of Jodie Picoult’s family dilemma dramas, but it’s way better. A brilliant three-hanky novel.

If you need more urging (without spoilers) to read this book click here or here.

0 thoughts on “A three-hanky novel…

  1. infiniteshelf says:

    I've read a lot of good on this book! I want to read it (especially with that beautiful cover!)

  2. Annabel Gaskell says:

    You must both read it – but don't read more about the plot. It would make a good film too – but we'll know to take a box of tissues!

  3. the little reader says:

    i just finished this recently and i agree completely. i went into it not knowing much at all and i think that was best. i couldn’t put it down and i cried like a baby!

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