Book Review: If I Stay

If I stayBook: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Rating:★★★.5

What would you do if you had to choose between life and death? After a tragic accident 17 year old Mia is faced with this gut-wrenching decision. She is standing on the sidelines watching her life as an outsider. The decision is up to her. Will she stay or will she go?

I found the premise of this book very unique. Although I don’t believe that it is our decision to choose, I found this piece of fiction captivating. I enjoyed how the chapters went back and forth from past to present, but because of this it was also a little choppy and I found I couldn’t really connect with the characters emotionally (no tears from me). Also found the characters to be a little one dimensional. Since we were learning about them all mostly from the past there was no real character growth. The “love scene” was cheesy and I found myself rolling my eyes, but that could just be me. =p

Now I know that sounds like I probably didn’t like the book, but I actually did. I kept turning the pages faster and faster to find out what happens. I found it enjoyable, but I don’t want to give anything away so I can’t really talk too much about what I really liked about the book. This book really got me thinking though. What would I do if I was in her situation? Definitely brings out some interesting discussion.

Although I didn’t LOVE this book as much as pretty much everyone. I still thought it was a good read. 3.5 stars from me and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel and watching the movie. I will definitely try more books by this author. I was not disappointed.

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Book Review: The Rosie Effect

rosie effectBook: Rosie Effect
Author: Graeme Simsion
Rating: ★★★★☆

The Rosie Project was one of my favourite books I have read this year, so I had high hopes for the Rosie Effect, and I was NOT disappointed. I actually think I might have liked this one a LITTLE bit more than the first. *gasp* I know crazy right?

This book had many of the same shenanigans that the first book had. Don still described people by their BMI, he still over-analyzed everything, he put his foot in his mouth more than once, and he may or may not have got in trouble with the law….twice! 😉

I think the reason I enjoyed this a little more was because of the plot. Parenting! I for some reason find enjoyment reading about couples going through a pregnancy. They are usually comical and every experience is completely different. If you have read “The Rosie Project” then you can ONLY imagine how Don is going to handle this news. Mr. Over-Prepared, Shows- No-Emotion, Don! Yup! Its interesting and frustrating all at the same time.

Honestly, if I had someone like Don in my life I am pretty sure I would go a little crazy, but he is entertaining to read about. You know who ISN’T entertaining to read about? Gene! I still dislike him just as much as in the first book. Although he did redeem himself a “little” bit in this book, he is still a pretty big jackass!

So there you have it some of my thoughts on the book! I couldn’t give it a full 5 stars because there were some things towards the ending of the book that frustrated me.

If you enjoyed the Rosie Project then I definitely recommend you check this one out too!