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If I Stay by Gayle Forman
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Sep 09, 10

bookshelves: book-worth-reading, ya

I have a hard time giving books five stars. To me, five stars means the book will make an impression, not just today, but years to come. Or that the book is nearly perfect. I have not found many books worthy of five stars. Some I have given five stars for sentimental reasons. Or if I read a book ten years ago, read it again, and still love it.

I'm giving If I Stay five stars because it is beautiful. The writing is intense and wonderful, the pacing was fantastic, and the characters were well developed. But the real shining star of the book is the story itself. The story makes us question what is important, what makes a family, and it makes us think about the choices we make. It was deep, profound and beautiful. An excellent book.
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