Monday, 15 September 2014

If I Stay & Where She Went - Gayle Forman {Book Reviews}

A couple of weeks ago, I had a mate date with Nicola and went to the cinema to see a movie called If I Stay. I hadn’t heard of it, but she’d seen a trailer for it and thought it looked decent, and after reading about it I was intrigued too, so off we went. I hadn’t realised at first, but it’s based on a novel – there seems to be a pattern emerging here; we go to see weepy films based on novels, it’s our “thing”. The last one was The Fault in Our Stars.

Usually, I read the book before seeing the movie. Unfortunately this time that wasn’t an option; I’d just started on Gone Girl and I’d been wanting to read that for so long, and I didn’t have time to finish that and start a new book. So, in a break with tradition, I went into the cinema with only a very vague idea about the storyline.

The movie itself was pretty good, I enjoyed it right up to the end – we both agreed that it seemed to end really suddenly and was very unsatisfying. However, now that I have read the book, I kind of understand why – the book does it too.

So, onto the books…

If I Stay

What Goodreads Says:
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.

What I Say:
It’s normal to like the book more than the movie, right? In a lot of ways, this is no exception. However, I have to admit that having seen the movie first, I can see why certain small changes did make for a better, more dramatic and heart wrenching story. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book a lot – but I think the fact that the movie made me cry and the book didn’t says it all really!

I rated it 4/5.

Where She Went

What Goodreads Says:
It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.

And three years he's spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?

What I Say:
Right, let me get this out there: I am a little bit in love with Adam. There, I said it.

There are a lot of times that a sequel doesn’t live up to the first book in the series; this is not one of those times. I enjoyed this one a whole lot more. Getting inside Adam’s head and hearing his side of the story was a total rollercoaster of emotions. This one did make me cry! I’m not going to say anything more about it because I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t read it, but I loved it.

I rated this 5/5.

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