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If I Stay by Gayle Forman
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Apr 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: youngadult, magicalrealism, music, my_00s_reads, weepies

A quick read, on a heavy topic, but not too heavy. I think if sad things weren't going on in my own life right now, I'd have cried even more. Not quite as well done as last year's BEFORE I DIE, but good, and I enjoyed all of the music talk. 11/1/09: This is the first book to come off of my 2009favorites list, but probably not the last.

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June Hey, Elissa.

What is magicalrealism? Is it enough magic to be of interest to me or to much realism for me to cope with? Plus, what is going on? -June

elissa Magical realism is my favorite sub-genre of realistic fiction. It's much more realistic than fantasy-like. My favorite 2 writers of magical realism are Barbara Kingsolver and Alice Hoffman, but plenty of YA writers write these kinds of stories. Take a look at my shelf and see if there are books that you've enjoyed on it, but if I had to guess, I'd say that it wouldn't be enough magic for you! In this particular case, it's just that we really have no idea what it's like when somebody's in a coma, and this author has imagined that some part of you is outside your body able to think and feel, so it's a "magical" explanation for something medical/scientific. Make sense?

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