Spradlin: Stick around for ‘If I Stay’

Turn the Page by MacKenzie Spradlin

Turn the Page
by MacKenzie Spradlin

Hey! Guess what? There’s another book review. The book, “If I Stay,” written by Gayle Forman was made into a movie. It arrives in theaters this week, with a special screen in select cities Thursday and nationwide Friday.

The book is amazing. Mia Hall, the main character, is in a life-or-death situation. I say life-or death-because Mia must choose is she wants to live or not. Her life will never be the same if she wakes up. She says, “I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”

If Mia wakes up, she’ll wake up an orphan, and badly injured. She wants to decide, but it’s a difficult choice. Live for her boyfriend, her music, or let go for the easier and less painful choice.

I’m not going to give away why she has to decide, what happened to put her in that situation. I’m also not giving away her choice. You’ll have to read the book. And no cheating by seeing the movie! In my house, we have a rule that we have to read the book first before seeing it in a theater.

Now, about the movie. Chloe Grace Moretz is playing Mia. In my opinion, she’s not right for the part. Chloe is great in comedies. This is supposed to be dramatic and intense. The boy they picked for Mia’s boyfriend, Adam — Jamie Blackley — isn’t right either. He doesn’t look like a punk-rockstar. Adam is supposed to be just that.

I don’t think the movie will live up to the book, but I still want to see it. Just so I know if it’s good or not. I need to make sure.

"If I Stay," written by Gayle Foreman

“If I Stay,” written by Gayle Foreman

But before you see the movie, read the first book. If you want, read the second book before seeing the movie too. The second book is even better than the first. It’s “Where She Went.” That one is in the point of view of Adam, three years after what happened to Mia.

I enjoyed the books, I hope you will too. Hope to see you a the movie!

MacKenzie Spradlin is a seventh grade student at Rockingham Middle School. 

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