Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Ten: Books For People Who Like If I Stay

This week's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is "books for people who like [x book]." I chose If I Stay, so for the most part, this list is going to read as a roundup of the best grief YA. But really, it is all based around books I think would be stellar if you love If I Stay.

1. Where She Went
Gayle Forman
Let's get the most obvious out of the way first: if for some reason you've read If I Stay but not its sequel Where She Went, get on that. This book is just as (if not more) emotional and powerful as the first as the story of Adam and Mia continues, this time told from Adam's POV.

2. Looking for Alaska
John Green
This book is similarly centered around life and death in a very big way as it explores life, death, suffering, and all those big-ticket items. I'm pretty sure you've all read it already.

3. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Oh, another John Green book! And another book that considers big-ticket themes in a big way. As with If I Stay there's a sense of loss from the very beginning and while Hazel has no choice in her life/death, the way she handles her disease and her future death in regards to those she loves reminds me a lot of Mia in If I Stay and the struggles she has to deal with.

4. Adios, Nirvana
Conrad Wesselhoeft
This is one of the biggest read-alikes for If I Stay, in my opinion. It's different from other books on this list because music is such a huge part of the story -- just as it is in If I Stay. It's similarly beautiful and heartbreaking. I recommend you read it.

5. Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
Alright, this is another huge read-alike. The main character is dead, or almost, or something like that. She's a bit in-between, same as Mia, and even at this late stage in her life she's trying to make the best choices possible. Beautiful. Powerful. Heartbreaking. Amazing. so many feelings.

6. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else
Erin McCahan
I realize that this one, a book about a teenage girl planning her wedding, is notably different from the others on the list. But there's a feeling to If I Stay that, to a certain degree, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else also shares. Both Mia and Bronwen are so in love and both of them are hugely influenced by family. Also, the writing is just great.


  1. Great list, Jordyn! I've read most of these - but I have never heard of Adios, Nirvana. Thank you for sharing - I am excited to go out and look for it. I loved IF I STAY/WHERE I WENT and to be honest I am a little nervous to read Gayle Forman's next books - like what if they don't live up to IIS?!

    I also participated in this week's Top Ten Tuesday (with contemporary YA): http://rachelwritesthings.blogspot.com/2012/07/top-ten-books-for-people-who-like-sarah.html

  2. Interesting list and several new titles for me. Thanks.