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Book Review: IF I STAY

By: Awais Bahar

What really roots the true beauty of a novel, what drops the least emotions of expectations to the freeze desire when your eyes don not leave the texts, and what transports the gravity to the pace of spirits. That would be with zero doubt “IF I STAY” written by an award winning internationally bestselling author Gayle Forman, whose writing is the synonym of one’s vacuum-packed attention.

When you start this novel by the first piece of paper, you feel like you are someone of whom exist there at the particular time, you overlook that you are a reality and a living human in the world, surrendering your interest when you offhand the pages, each one you just plea “if I reread it again or over and over”.

The whole novel is based on Mia’s life, like what she succeeded and grew, and rotating it, the question that surfaces by the lengthy flips of her life. In fact, it’s not a novel like romantics of Nicholas Sparks, that with unchanged dialogue finishes the novel like “You are the best girl who happened to me” or the letters that occur in every end of his novels, nor the deaths tragedies he brings every time like in the “The Notebook; Allie’s Alzheimer disease, and A walk to Remember; Jamie Sullivan’s Cancer disease, just leave old-fashioned novels and seize your passion and drip it to the charming novel “If I stay”. If i stay is in fact the question that Mia keep asks herself and the state she suffers that if she stays or go.

In the story- it’s about Mia’s, and her family’s life. One day, in the peaceful state of America, it snows. They meet a car crash, Mia’s parents die and her little brother Teddy goes on life-threatening situation. What really scraches the force is the far-fetched, unclear state of Mia’s life; she moves in a state of coma (not-dead) but she could watch the doctors operating, transporting her from zone to zone, until it ends up in the ICU.

Although she could see who comes and see her, and know what’s going nearby. The novel is not so vast like Charles Dicken’s “A tale of Two Cities” or Nicholas Sparks “Message in A Bottle” that pages somewhat rub your nails but the novel only has 200 pages, short but the squeezer of your heartstrings. That’ll naturally take your cries out.

Moreover, this novel is entirely stimulating that with no argument to ensure it’d mark you bore. Forman’s this work is so incredible, that’ll puff! You like a weedy feather. The novel has many messages in to stretch, like starting from music and ending from (Adam) the boyfriend of Mia, into his story; in Mia’s non-death state she shares what she shared with Adam, like dropping her virginity and her naivetés. Anyway, except the excellent and astounding applauses by various sources like New York Times, excluding of those praise it ought to be named “yet speechless for the beauty”.

This novel is recommends for everyone, by an ending let’ tell you that if “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green” made you cry then you recovered, however reading this as a warning don’t forgot tissue papers, as well as much strength that you might stop, but not your tears would, they’ll rain…

Writer is English Literature Student at Atta Shad degree college Turbat

Published in The Balochistan point on January 21, 2017

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