There have been a few comparisons to this one and Before I Fall and while I certainly see the similarities between the novels, they’re really different.
Before I Fall to me, was more about Sam taking a step back to look at her life and all that she had done throughout it in an effort to correct it and learn from it, where as If I Stay was more about Mia looking at her life and deciding whether or not she wanted to move forward despite everything.
Gayle Forman is an excellent writer and I found myself tearing up a few times while reading. (Yes, again! If that’s not talent, I don’t know what is, that’s all I’m sayin’.) I’m beginning to think I’m getting a little too soft for my own good...
Ultimately, If I Stay was such a great, emotional book about losing everything and still finding something to live for--yourself. Go pick it up, you won’t be disappointed!