Booktubeathon Challenge Five: If I Stay – Gayle Forman Review

Hello, Bookish friends,

Carrying on with the BookTubeAThon I decided to read if I stay by Gayle Forman as it was a short book and I could probably read it in one day. The challenge I read this for was:

5/ Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time.
If I stay – Gayle Forman

Now, I am not a person that generally wears hats unless it’s super cold in the winter. I’m at university at the moment and had a very limited choice on hats (also it has been super hot) so I found a hat that I bought for Halloween in 2017 to put on my head.

I must say it was annoying to wear he hat as I cannot read in one position for very long. I normally roll around after a while if I’m reading on my bed to find a comfier position. So having the hat on made me notice how much I did that throughout my reading stint.


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.
Haunting, 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.


This book was very well executed with the short snippets of Mias life we are allowed into. It is a very fast paced read and for such a short book it certainly delves into a lot of the characters life while also looking at emotions, death, grief, loss, love, music and many other things.

I have read another of Gayle Formans books and I really enjoyed that one. So picking this one up was an easy choice for me. I’m glad I liked this book, it wasn’t life hanging but it certainly made me think about what I prioritise in my life and how much I rely on my family and friends when it comes down to it.

It was a heart breaking short read. However I’m not sure if I could hold back the tears if I watched the film. I didn’t cry within the book so that’s something. However I was emotionally invested in Mias outcome. Apart from the back of my edition says there is a second book to this series so it kind of spoils the ending for me.

As always, happy reading xxx


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