Book Reviews, Uncategorized

If I Stay, Gayle Forman

     If I Stay, by Gayle Forman is about a girl named Mia who is forced to figure out that it is like to lose everything in one instant. After losing her entire family to a car accident, and being transported to the ICU herself she has an out of body experience during her time in the hospital. During this time she has to decide if she is going to stay or if she is going to let herself go with the rest of her family. She watches as the people she cares about comes in and talks to her, but most importantly as her boyfriend, Adam, thinks of everything possible in order to see her when the nurses won’t let him. During this time flashbacks are written in to show her life with her family, and the first time she falls in love. This is a journey through love and loss and music.
     I had mixed feelings about this novel. I enjoyed it and didn’t all at the same time. I just felt like I was in a perpetual sadness at all times. I was sad when the car accident happened, sad in the hospital, and just sad. Yes there were some happy moments, but not enough to pull me out of the sadness and melancholy that I was feeling. Probably because a lot of the happy moments were tinged with some sadness. I decided to read this novel because the movie is coming out soon, and the preview looks really good. So, of course I had to read it first. If you are looking for the total draw in like in The Fault In Our Stars, this is not the book, but it is very similar. I of course recommend reading it before the movie comes out. Until next time,
Keep Turning the Pages
90s Born Reader
Bookish, Uncategorized

The soundtrack to the pages

Often time I’m able to read without listening to music or having any noise around me. I often get distracted by having the TV on or the music on my laptop playing and I have to turn it off to concentrate. When I’m in public places I find that I have to read while listening to my iPod just so I can drown out the noise that is going on around me. If I don’t I find myself people watching, or not knowing what I’m reading at the time. I bet that’s true for a lot of people who like to read in their free time in public places.

     But! Have you ever had that moment when reading where your music goes seamlessly with what you’re reading? Almost like you’ve created the soundtrack for those pages? Well I have, and each time I’ve felt that no other than John Legend has been on my iPod singing All of Me.
     While I was reading The Fault in Our Stars, John Legend was singing to me and for Gus and Hazel. The book already made me cry, but this moment made me feel so much more. I had never felt such perfection in a moment. The same song, was on while reading The Book Thief with Rudy and Liesel and it completed the scene without fail.
     For someone who keeps their iPod on shuffle in order to always have a surprise, it’s strange when these match ups occur, but they make falling into an imaginary world that much better. Until next time,
Keep turning the pages
90s Born Reader