If I Stay - Gayle Forman This book was an emotional monster. I felt as if a empathic vampire had drain me and I could. barely. go. on. emotions

As a sensitive emotional baby---Do not listen to this while driving. On my way back from Chicago, it started raining, and between my tears and rollercoaster emotions---and phone interruptions--- I got tired of explaining to people why I'm so choked up. I kept receiving disbelieving feedback

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SO I WAS EMOTIONALLY CONNECTED! That is how you know the author was successful. The different narrative out of body experience was perfect. It was this sense of magical realism that was not necessarily a troupe. What made it frustrating was the fact she had to add the explanations of what Mia could of not do---and refer it to the pop culture movie Ghost. Who cares?! I do not need an explanation when I'm wading through Mia---and all her issues. Her past/present flashbacks set the tone of ENOUGH. The fact that the laws of science had to be somehow explained made it seem as if it came as an afterthough. I mean---you're already writing from an "unbelievable" out of body narrator. I'm not sure people need to know how that works. I believe----I believe.

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She made me connect to Mia---Mia who had experienced SO much life who had no idea the terrible dark undercurrent of death she had to wade through. All the emotion of how momentous decision would effect not only her----but everyone past, present---and future. I could understand why that weight just made her want to scream

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The gem of this book was not appreciating how interconnected you are with the people around you, with your family----with lives that you touch. It was not discovering love at an early age----or how to deal with teen angst issues we all go through. The center of this book was is their life after death? After staring death in the eye---is their a reason to go----when all your reasons of living are stripped away...is it worth waking up to the "unknown." Let me get myself together before I keep ranting a terrible soliloquy and re-experience an existential crisis.

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Kristen Potter is the reason why through the minor flaws of the book----it shines. I'm not sure I would have been as emotional if I had not heard her breathe absolute LIFE into this book. I tend to avoid solo narrators---but she could actually do a RANGE of wonderful voices. She has a gift---and I know I would love anything that she reads.

I can't wait to read Where She Went. I'm excited to see how much more of an ocean I can potentially cry. I'm pretty sure after this---I will take a LONG break from YA realistic drama. I'm going to dive into some paranormal that doesn't make me want to say shout from the rooftops

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