Yesterday I went and saw If I Stay, the film based on the book by Gayle Forman. I loved the book and I am pleased to say that I loved the movie. It’s been a few years since I’ve read the book, but from what I can remember they stuck to the book pretty well.
When school is cancelled due to the snow, Mia and her family decide to go for a drive. They get in an accident and Mia wakes up and sees herself lying unconscious on the road. She realises she is dying and that she has been given the chance to decide if she will stay or give up on life. While making her decision, she can see everyone around her, hear them talking to her unconscious self, but they can’t see her. She has a lot of flashbacks to important moments in her life, including how she met and fell in love with her boyfriend, Adam.
These flashback scenes were done so well that while they were on I would be so wrapped up in them that I forget that Mia was in an accident and would get a little shock when brought back to the present.
I really enjoyed how Adam and Mia’s story unfolded. It was achingly romantic, and both actors played their parts well.
While being a great love story, it was also a story of family. Mia had such a wonderful, loving and supportive family that my heart absolutely broke for them.
Overall this was a brilliant, heart breaking story of love and hope. If you loved the book this will not disappoint you. It was so good; go and see it now. And don’t forget your tissues. Seriously, be prepared for the feels. It is a highly emotional story and I was crying through a lot of it.
A must watch for all YA fans. I am voting this a successful book to film adaptation.