Weekend Reading: If I Stay

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Say hello to my newest series.... Weekend Reading! 
The very first book review to appear on 
will be 'If I Stay' by Gayle Forman.......

If I Stay Gayle Forman book review


At the end of 2014 one of my New Year's blogging goals was to step out of my comfort zone (fashion and beauty) and write more lifestyle posts. I don't know why but I always find it so scary writing lifestyle posts so I thought starting out with a book review would be a great way to start.....

After a severe car accident, Mia is left in hospital in a coma fighting for her life. She has one very big decision to make; to live or to die. Very dramatic indeed! There's two different parts to the book in which she looks back on her life and shares memories of her family and boyfriend and the other is her out-of-body experience which enables her to see what's going on in the hospital around her. I found  the 'looking back' parts of the book very boring and I was just flying through them to get to the other parts back in the hospital. In my opinion Mia wasn't particularly an interesting character; She was very reserved and just generally uninteresting. I found myself wanting to know more about her boyfriend, Adam and her grandparents but there was a serious lack of presence from them. What a shame!

Overall it was an interesting concept but I felt that it lacked in excitement/catching my attention at times. It was one of those books that really make you think about life and it was quite sad at times so I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for something light-hearted. Overall, I just felt that the story wasn't compelling and I wasn't too fond of Gayle Forman's writing style. I think I'll be giving the film a miss.

What's the most recent book you've read?
And have you read this book or the seen the film adaptation?

Cliona xx

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  1. You won't be missing much by giving the film a miss! It was seriously SO boring and the acting was not great either!

    Your review was great to read and I can't wait to read your future lifestyle posts!

    Aoife :)

    1. Oh god, I can only imagine how bad the film was! The book was torture to get through :-( Thanks a mil Aoife! I was so nervous about publishing it and it's probably the worst review ever! Ha ha! I'm so bad at describing books ;-) Thanks again for reading xx

  2. Absolutely love the sound of this book Cliona, sounds exactly like the kind of book I love. Will definitely be picking this up next time :)


  3. The movie was not good! I really did not like and it felt like such a waste of 2 hours after watching it. I can't wait to read more of you weekend reading posts though!

    1. It doesn't sound good! I think I'll give it a miss! Thanks Gwen! I hope you like them :-) xx


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