“Read the Abe’s” is a new series were I, your friendly, neighborhood librarian, highlights an Abraham Lincoln Award nominee every week.
First up, If I Stay by Gayle Foreman…
I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked this book up, but I was absolutely wowed. In many ways, it was unlike anything I have ever read before. When it comes down to it, the book is all about choices. The book starts out with Mia facing what she thinks is the biggest choice of her life. She has to decide between following her dream to go to Julliard or sticking close to home to be with her family and boyfriend. Does she stay or does she go? It is tough choice, but a tragic accident rips it away from her and her decision to stay or to go takes on a whole new meaning.
If I Stay is the kind of book that grabs you from page one and never lets you go. Its got everything you could want: happiness and sorrow, pain and tenderness, laughter and tears, love and loss… This is the type of book that stays with you long after you finish it.
Next up: World War Z by Max Brooks
Edited: November 29th, 2011