Book Review: “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

Hello everybody!

For my very first book review, I’ve decided to review one of my favourite YA books from the talented author, Gayle Forman. Hope this convinces you to pick up a copy! :)


If I Stay, by Gayle Forman.

“If I Stay” is a gripping and inspirational novel by the very talented author, Gayle Forman. Filled with drama, romance and thrills, this book tells a story about a young adult whose life revolves around one very important thing – music.

The book is set in Oregon in the 21st Century where Mia Hall, a 17 year old cellist lives with her rebellious, rock ‘n’ roll family. Her parents were once part of a rock band and her little brother Teddy seems to be following in their footsteps, learning how to play the drums and electric guitar!

Mia feels like she’s the odd one out. No one understands her love for classical music, and she decides that no one ever will.

Until she meets Adam Wilde…

Adam, a handsome young man with the same love of music as Mia, falls for her unexpectedly. The pair couldn’t be more different with Adam being a loud, popular rock-star and Mia being a shy cellist with big dreams of going to Juilliard. But it works – they fit together like a hand in a glove. Perfect in every way.

The story follows Mia as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic accident involving herself and her family.

As she sees flashbacks of all the amazing moments of her life, she realises it is her choice whether she chooses to stay and live a long, difficult life, or let everything go…

Gayle Forman’s use of flashbacks takes the novel to a whole new level of entertainment that will keep you reading for hours and hours! It is filled with many unbelievably concepts that will rattle your senses and leave you craving for more. This book promises to leave you on edge and in a puddle of tears as you approach the ending.

I absolutely loved the book and couldn’t put it down for even a second! I would recommend “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman for children and young adults over the age of 12 because of minor violence and detailed medical procedures. This book will be thoroughly enjoyed by those who love books with great depth and drama and who are not afraid to try a different kind of novel.


Thank you so much for reading and hope you have a great Wednesday!

Signing off,

Shreya xx

“Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes choices make you.”

– Gayle Forman, If I Stay

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When I Write…

Writing. The only way you can truly express your feelings while keeping it to yourself the whole time. I write when I’m filled with happiness, drowned with sorrow and everything in between. For me, writing is like breathing and I can’t imagine a life without it. I believe that writing is just as important as reading –  we must learn to express our thoughts and feelings like characters do in the books we read. So, I thought I would share a snippet of a piece of writing I’ve been working on.


Chapter One

It was 11:49 at night when I heard it. My eyes were about to blink for the last time before I fell into a deep, dreamy slumber. Little did I know that this was going to be the first of many sleepless nights. My name is Alanna Turner and this is my story.

It was late on a Friday night and I couldn’t sleep a wink, which resulted in late night sessions with my good friend, the Internet. After hours of useless browsing and stalking on my social media accounts, I finally felt sleep coming my way. As I was closing my eyes for the last time that night, a scream filled my ears and made me jump. The scream came from my parent’s room. I remember getting out of bed and walking towards their bedroom. Two gunshots followed and now I was running down the hallway, my feet slipping on the slick tiles until I bumped into my brother. He must have heard it too. He gave me a look of utter shock before taking my hand and dragging me towards our destination.

Holding me up with one arm, my brother Mike proceeded to slide open the door to reveal a shocking sight. There lay my mother and father, tucked inside the crisp white sheets almost as if they were sound asleep. It was only when I walked towards my mother’s side did I realise that they were far deeper in sleep than we thought they were. Something wet trickled onto my foot and I glanced down with my heart in my throat. A scarlet red puddle had formed on my foot, my mind freezing at the sight of blood. With shaking hands, I reached for the blanket and threw it off their pale bodies in one swift movement. Two clean bullet wounds accessorised their peaceful faces. Then the tears came, flooding out of my eyes like tsunami tides, drowning my soul in endless sorrow.

Without wasting another second, I grabbed the phone and called 911, my breath quickening and eyes closing. The last thing I remember is the strong arm of my brother catching me as I fell and holding me close to him. The sounds of his quick heartbeats were the last thing I heard before the world blacked out.

I woke up to the sound of a heart monitor and the smell of expired medicine. I was in hospital. But why was I here? Why was I sleeping on a hospital bed with pipes coming out of every part of my body? Barely a second had passed before the events of the previous night came flooding in. The screams, gunshots and cries of pain rang in my ears and I couldn’t stop the tears from coming once again. Were my parents all right? Were they saved? But there was one question that kept crawling into my mind. Were they dead? Now I was screaming in pain of a ripped heart and a twisted mind.

All I know that somebody had hurt the most important people in my life. Their souls had been ripped apart and put back together under the pristine white bed covers and their bodies had been decorated with bullet wounds and tattoos of dried blood. All I know is that they were in a cold, dark, lifeless room instead of here, next to me. All I know now is that somebody tortured my parents and I won’t rest until I tear their life apart.

My name is Alanna Turner, and this is what I call revenge.


Sometimes, we have to convey our feelings in the form of writing. I seem to have been experiencing pain while writing this. Emotions make your imagination run wild…

Signing off,

Shreya

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed”

– Ernest Hemingway

My Favourite Avo Smoothie Recipe

Hey guys, hope your having an amazing week so far! Summer is right around the corner so I thought I would share my special Avocado Smoothie recipe with y’all! I absolutely love the fresh and nutty taste of avocados which goes extremely well with summer berries. Avocado is an amazing source of nutrients and can reduce our bodies cholesterol while improving our eyesight and giving our bodies plenty of fibre! Lets get started…


Avo-Berry Smoothie (2-3 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a firm, ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries and raspberries*
  • 1/2 a cup of plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 a cup of milk of choice
  • 1/2 a cup of coconut water or fruit juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with frozen berries if you wish!

Hope you all enjoy my recipe throughout these warmer months and be sure to send me your creation!

Signing off with love,

Shreya

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be”

 – Abraham Lincoln