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Waiting on Wednesday: I Was Here

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Synopsis:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

Personal Thoughts: OMG!! Gayle Forman has another book coming out! I cannot wait. I have read a few of her books and they are amazing. Can’t wait to see what this one is all about.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

If I Stay Book Review

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Publication Date: April 2, 2009

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Personal Thoughts: There are no words that can properly describe what I felt as I was reading If I Stay. The beautifully descriptive writing that takes us through time to get a glance at Mia’s life before the accident is achingly touching. It is done in a way that won’t let us put the book down, and forces us to keep on reading to find out more. I couldn’t put in down and read it within a few hours.

Gayle Forman does a wonderful job in capturing each character with enough details and characterization so that we can relate to them. Mia and Adam were my favorites with Kim and Teddy as secondary favorites. There’s a certain innocence in Mia that just makes you sympathize with her and help her out. The style in which If I Stay  was told (in flashbacks) made it a bit different from the normal way of telling that I have been reading lately. I think that is what really captured my attention, the fact that the main character was there but no one knew that fact. It is poignant and gut wrenching and you want to look away and look at the same time.

If I Stay made me cry, it made me laugh and at the end I was left thinking about the future. It could be that I am in my early twenties that makes this book relate more than most of the books I read. It really makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. Would you stay or would you go?

I can’t wait to pick up the next installment in this series.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Just One Year

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

12842134Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Publication Date: October 2013

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Synopsis (Goodreads): “Can you fall in love in just one day? Can you become a new person? How about in just one year? In JUST ONE DAY and its companion novel JUST ONE YEAR, sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey and easygoing actor Willem De Ruiter are  about to find out against a guidebook-worthy array of foreign backdrops. Equal parts romance, coming-of-age-tale, mystery and travel romp (with settings that span from England’s Stratford upon Avon to Paris to Amsterdam to India’s Bollywood)  JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR show how in looking for someone else, you just might wind up finding yourself.”

Personal Thoughts: The storyline sounds awesome 🙂 The cover looks great as well. Can’t wait until this comes out. It’s the sequel to Just One Day. This sounds like it will be a great adventure.