If I stay by Gayle Forman

Summary: 
Mia is a seventeen year old girl living in Oregon with her mother, father and little brother. She is very talented cello player. Mia’s boyfriend, Adam, also shares a strong passion in music. He is in a band that is gaining popularity and has started touring. Ultimately, with Adam’s band going on tour and Mia possibly attending Julliard for college, there relationship slowly starts to fizzle out due to the tension of knowing their paths will be going in different directions and different parts of the country. Mia has a lot of choices to make regarding her relationship with Adam and where to attend college. Should she follow her musical dreams or follow her heart? The biggest choice she has to make comes following the aftermath of a catastrophic car accident involving her family. Mia is the only member of her family to survive and she finds herself in a coma. While suspended between life and death Mia faces a choice that will decide her future.

Opinion:
I’ve seen the movie a couple of times and had no idea it came from a book so I was pretty excited to read it. There are specific scenes of the movie that make me shed a tear no matter how many times I’ve watched it. The book is no different when it comes to those same moments pulling at my heart strings. My heart always aches at the thought of Mia’s situation. The storyline is immensely devasting but I love it! It really makes you think about how every choice in life changes things. I won’t spoil the ending incase you haven’t seen the movie or read the book yet. But I have always wondered what the aftermath of Mia’s decision is. How it changes things and affects everyone else. I found out that there is a sequel to this book titled “Where she went” so I’ll be on the hunt for it!

Citizen Girl

cgaFrom the authors of The Nanny Diaries. This was a hard book to finish. After reading the first chapter I thought I would like the book, maybe even find it relatable to my life. I was so wrong! The book starts off with Girl (yup, that’s her name), working for a feminist non-profit, under one of those bosses that should have retired already. She gets fired and attends a networking event (with her pre-teen brother…what?) and then somehow in life gets hired at MyCompany (yup, that’s the name of the company). The majority of the book is her boss, Guy (yup, that’s his name), giving her tasks with zero direction or explanation and Girl having to ask 100000x about how to get it done. Ultimately, “MyCompany” fails at what it is trying to accomplish and needs to get rebranded by- Manly (yup, that’s her name) from the bank. I WONT SPOIL WHAT TYPE OF COMPANY IT BECOMES.
I guess the book is meant to be a satire of corporate consultation? It does have some very tough issues like feminism, sex trafficking, and glass ceilings. It shows that anyone can become a hypocrite and sacrifice their own moral ideas to make money and keep their job.
The writing was choppy. Characters and situations were not properly introduced and I found myself flipping through pages I had already read just to make sure I didn’t miss something. I hate leaving a book unfinished so I was really hoping the book would get better.
I kept wondering, “Am I missing something or maybe I should try to see it from a different point of view?” Citizen girl can be found on Amazon.  If you’ve read the book… please leave your opinion in the comments! I am genuinely interested.

 

Why I Started This Blog

Why am I starting this? Thats a pretty big questions and I could take at least an hour answering it. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. A space where I can gather my thoughts, memories, and pictures. I’ve always loved documenting my life. I think it stems for my love of photography. Growing up, my mom was always taking pictures or videos of our lives. She passed that on to me. I started taking pictures when I was about 8, with disposable cameras. I wish disposable cameras would make a come back. I got my first “real” camera when I was about 10, a Polaroid! Shortly after that, I got my first film camera. Through the years I have gone through several, and I mean SEVERAL cameras, usually upgrading along the way, but I still LOVE the vintage and film best. I was also that kid that kept a dairy. At one point, I even shared an on going “friendship dairy” with a small group of girls, we would pass a journal amongst each other… it was quiet special. I’ve lost all the journals through out the years. When Xenga (before myspace) was a “thing,” I was always blogging after school, so I think its time I pick it back up.

Other than my love of documenting, my grandparents are a big reason for this. Both passed away too soon. I deeply cherish the memories I have with them but I desperately wish I would have asked about their childhood, and life over all more. Having this digital space not only lets me look back on my own memories but will also be available to anyone who one day may wonder about me. My life has changed so much in the last few years. From graduating college, working at Disney, getting married, getting a real adult job, and turning 25 soon…. I want to make sure I remember it all.