Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book-to-Film: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

You've probably already heard about this book-to film adaptation, seeing as it comes out just next month.  I've actually not read this book, to be honest.  I know many people who adore it, and I think I would have loved it if I were still a teenager (not a bad thing, my tastes have simply altered over the years) but I'm not really all that interested now.

However, I know many people who LOVE this book with all their souls, and cannot wait to watch it.  What's your position?  Are you going to see this film?

If you're not already familiar with the story, here's the Goodreads summary:

"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.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make."

The summary doesn't reveal much, but the trailer tells you more:

What's your verdict?  Should I see this?  Skip it?  Read it?  TELL ME WHAT TO DO!


  1. Honestly, I tried to read it a few months back but couldn't get into it as a book, but I am pretty excited to see how the movie plays out.

    1. I find the trailer to be very heavy. Not necessarily in a bad way, but still, heavy. This isn't usually the kind of story that interests me, so I kind of want to skip it, but it's also for that exact same reason that I think maybe I should give it a try. Expand my borders, you know? We'll see what happens.

  2. Totally agree-this is the book I wanted to write when I was 17. When I read it now? Just didn't get to me. I'm not dying to see the movie.

    1. Agreed! These kinds of stories are certainly attractive to teens, but I feel like I've moved on.

  3. I definitely suggest reading it before seeing it. It's only a short book as well, so even if you don't like it it's not going to take you long to read it. I really enjoyed the book the first time I read it a few years ago. I haven't reread it in a few years but I am going to be rereading it before I see the film and I am excited to see what I make of it. I hope you try it and end up loving it! :)

    1. To be totally honest I'm not sure I'll read the book or watch the film. I know a lot of people are excited for it, but it's not really something that interests me. I'll tell you what: if I do decide to watch the film, I'll at least read the book first. Sound fair? Happy viewing to you, and I hope the film leaves you satisfied. :)


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