I found myself reading both books at around the same time and the more I thought about writing the individual reviews, the more I realized these books have a lot in common. Both main characters, Kathy H. in Never Let Me Go and Mia in If I Stay are young women trying to figure out their future. While Kathy's path has been laid out since birth Mia gets the opportunity to decide hers.
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
The concept of this novel is simple, after a horrific car accident with her family 16-year-old Mia comes out of her body. Taking form as an apparition, she observes the fate of the rest of her family and must decide if she will stay with her body or if she will go. The retrospective storytelling explores Mia's past relationships to her family and friends. We get complex and whole images of her punk rocker turned middle school teacher dad, her "tough as nails, tender-as-kittens, feminist bitch" mother, her musician boyfriend and a host of other friends The story is not at all plot driven, but it works so wonderfully because looming in the background is the question of if Mia will choose to stay or go.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I'm mad it took me so long to finally get to ! This little novel completely develops every character in a concise and compelling story. I thought this novel was amazing and I can't wait to see the movie coming out in August !
Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro
I've been trying to read more literary fiction lately and this book is one I always had in the back of my head. Nearly a decade after its release, this book seems to be always making its round including the Time's 100 Best English Novels.
Like If I Stay, Never Let Me Go is a retrospective story, only this time it's 30-year-old Kathy H looking back on her childhood at the Hailsham School, where it slowly becomes clear the children and the school are more than they appear. Once their fate is revealed, Kathy struggles with if she wants to avoid it and how.
|Never Let Me Go had its screen debut in 2010|