Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday # 182 ~ If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My Tease for this week comes from:

If I Stay
(If I Stay #1)
Gayle Forman

First - The Blurb:

'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.

Includes interviews with the stars of the film, Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

Second - The Tease:

"It's okay," he tells me. "If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I've ever wanted anything in my life." His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. "But that's what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It's okay if you have to leave us. It's okay if you want to stop fighting."

"If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay."

I do not know why it took me so long to read this book. For over a year, it sat on my shelf waiting to be read. And now, I finally have. For those of you who have read it long before I did, you will already know what a touching and highly emotional read If I Stay is. Many of you may have also seen the movie (which is next on my to-do-list).

For those of you who haven't read the book or seen the movie, then my recommendation is... please do.

Mia's story is heartbreaking, and understanding the reason why Gayle wrote it (this is explained in a small section at the end) made it even more so. A short read (200 pages) well worth your time.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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  1. Both of these teasers brought tears to my eyes. I didn't read this one partly because I knew it would have me ugly crying. Great teasers!

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  2. Ooh nice teasers! Very moving!

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  3. So, so good, right? I'm glad you finally pulled it off the shelf, Marilyn, and enjoyed it. We all do it...let books languish and then kick ourselves for it. :) Great teasers too, by the way! I'm seriously going to re-read this one!

  4. These are so beautiful. I watched the movie and am thinking of picking up the books. I am glad you enjoyed these so much. Great teasers as always,

  5. I picked these up while I was away! So excited to get into them!