Book to Movie Review – If I Stay

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Today was the release for the popular book-to-movie adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay. The book made me cry, the trailer made me cry, and the movie made me cry so much I thought I was the one teetering on the edge of death. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I know I’m not the only one that slightly feels this way.

R.J. Cutler directed this tear jerking masterpiece, and along with ChloĆ« Grace Moretz as Mia and Jamie Blackley as Adam, this book was done some serious justice. I first read this book a little over a year ago now, and while I wasn’t head over heels in love with it I still enjoyed it. I do have to say, and booklovers don’t hate me for it, but I did enjoy this movie more than I did the book. And I think I have a pretty legitimate argument as to why.

So if you’ve read the book you know how it goes, car accident right off the bat, lots of flashbacks, lots of Mia listening to what her loved ones have to say while she figures out if she wants to live and be an orphan or die and be with her family. Personally I felt like some of the flashback scenes in the book were dry and drawn out. I though it was all written beautifully, Gayle Forman has such a way with words, but I just felt like things were a bit ‘blah’ at times. Since movies tend to cut things out for time I noticed that a lot of those slow moving parts in the book were dropped for a film adaptation. That made me enjoy it thoroughly. I loved this film and I encourage everyone to see it!

Now for the burning questions that all serious booklovers want to know when deciding to see a beloved book turned film: What’s different?

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