Monday, June 11, 2012

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

As the school year winds down most parents are taking a deep breath of relief...relief from homework and sports and is wonderful.  However, if you know any librarians, summer is when we gear up for Summer Reading Program.  In addition to all the programs we have planned, we are barraged by kids looking for their summer reading books.  I was getting all my summer reading lists organized and books ordered, when I started to come across all these books that I "meant" to read but sadly they got pushed aside for something else.  So I am trying to go back and re-read some of these treasures. 

First up is, If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  This has been on my radar for awhile and now I know why this is on alot of "best" lists.  It is really, really good, SAD, but good.  Reading it from an adult perspective, from a mom perspective, makes it even more heart breaking.  So, while this is not a light, fun, beachy read, it is definitely worth your time.

Book Description

A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
If I StayIn the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

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