It’s time for week 4 of the If I Stay portion of the Gayle Forman Read Along! I totally slacked last week, I meant to finish reading the third section while I was on vacation and answers the questions via my phone, but that never happened. So I’m skipping right along!
(Maybe that’s the Russian cover? I suck at languages, but it’s the only one on Goodreads that had a cello on the cover and I love the image.)
1. “Amazing things happen when you stop hiding behind that hulking beast.” What is the significance of this statement that Mia is told at music camp? Are there any examples of her not hiding behind her cello that result in amazing things?
I think Mia is so brave and such a special character, but I do think she hides behind her cello. Her only real friend at school is Kim and I’m sure if she wanted to she could have more friends. Also, she wears classical music as kind of a badge of honor and I think that prevented her from feeling comfortable and accepted in Adam’s world.
2. Mia laments to her mom about the changes that are coming for her and Adam – college, musical success, moving – and her mom states that 17 is an inconvenient time to be in love. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?
I think love at any age is complicated whether it’s by school or work or family or whatever circumstances, but I think 17 is an especially difficult age. Mia and Adam are both old souls, but they’re also young people who are still figuring out who they are as people, let alone who they are as a couple. Besides graduating college there’s really no other time when you can take your life in absolutely any direction and that’s certainly complicated by being connected to someone who’s trying to figure out their own direction in life.
3. The last part of the book foreshadows Mia and Adam’s future relationship. If you haven’t read Where She Went, do you think it’s heading a good direction? If you have read Where She Went, does rereading this book give you a better understanding of their relationship in the sequel?
I’ve read Where She Went several times so I can definitely say that re-reading If I Stay has given me a better understanding of their relationship. I love them both so much as characters and as a couple, but I had forgotten a lot of their history. Re-reading about how it all started makes Where She Went even more special.
4. So… last week I asked about the headphones and realized I jumped the gun. Feel free to answer that one now.
I think Adam putting the headphones on Mia’s head really speaks to his respect for her, which makes my heart happy. I finally got to her bedside and then he leaves, which, as painful as it must have been for him to see her, also couldn’t have been easy for him, to get music that he doesn’t quite understand but knows she loves.
5. What’s been your favorite part thus far about this read-along? Feel free to include any fun moments, any new bloggers you’ve met, etc.
I think rediscovering If I Stay has been the best part. I touched on it above in question three, but the first time I read If I Stay I immediately read Where She Went right after and I loved Where She Went so much that it completely overshadowed If I Stay in my mind. It’s nice to have them on more equal footing, even if I will always love Where She Went more.
Are you participating in the Gayle Forman read along? Have you read If I Stay? This was the last week for If I Stay but you can also find the full schedule for the read along (we’re doing one a book per month) on Brittany’s blog.
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