Monday, 3 June 2013

May Book Club Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Hello lovelies! I can't wait to tell you more about my trip to Sorrento, but duty calls this evening and I have some homework to do after a training session at work! So, while I hit the books, here's a book review (see what I did there?!) I had prepared to publish later in the week. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to filling you in on more of my Italian ice cream eating on Wednesday.

Once upon a time I was an avid reader. In fact, I loved reading so much I did a degree in it (well, in English, American and post-colonial literature). But, having to read a book a week on average seemed to kill some of the joy of reading, and it's been more of an on/off affair since.

But, there's nothing like getting absorbed in a great book to truly relax you and make you forget the everyday niggles and worries. So, when I saw that Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers hosts a monthly book club, I decided to get my ass in gear and join.

The first book I'm reviewing was short, sweet and touching - a perfect holiday read. I read it in about a day on holiday in Greece - it really was one you couldn't put down.

It's kind of 'young adult' fiction, which made it really easy to read, but it isn't at all schmaltzy or childish. What it does do really well is take some big issues and make them tangible and easy to relate to.

Mia is a normal teenage girl who's hit by a terrible tragedy at the very start of the novel. What follows is a mix of what's happening to her in the present while looking at the events leading up to this turning point in her life. This movement between the past and present is seamless. With a heart-wrenching choice to make, each trip in to Mia's history gives you different perspectives on what she should do now.

What I loved about this book was that I really didn't know which path Mia would choose right up until it was revealed at the very end. And, I wasn't disappointed as I knew it was the right one.

I don't want to reveal too much about the story line, as that's what makes the book so gripping. If you want a poolside page turner this summer, this is a must, but take another book or two as you'll race through this one!

What's the best book you've read recently? Do you belong to a book club?

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