Holy Macaroni, y'all.
I am going to be straight with you. I read If I Stay, I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. If I remember correctly, it was a title we considered for our Mock Printz, but then ultimately decided against it (my memory is blurry on exactly why). Anyhow, I am not telling you all this to do some sort of back-handed compliment thing - I just wanted to illustrate the allure, the (impossible to ignore) compulsion to read the same story told from another perspective. This came in and I HAD to pick it up. Immediately. I had to know.
Now, this isn't exactly the same story, it takes place three years after Mia comes back from her coma, but essentially it is dealing with the same thing.
I ate it up.
I almost read it from cover to cover and was irritated when I had to put it down to, you know, work and stuff. The melodrama that distanced me in the first book totally worked for me this time. that I loved it! I loved Adam, even though he had me rolling my eyes. The tension between Mia and Adam was exquisite and even though you don't start getting to the real meaty bits until about 3/4s of the way through the book, you don't mind because the whole book is just propelling you along.
Book Source = Tayshas Review Copy