Actual rating: 4.5#insixwords review: I want to hug everyone now.Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2012/01/11/review-if-i-stay-by-gayle-forman/Remember when I said I don’t really cry easily when I read books? If I Stay made me cry. I wanted to bawl. It made me set down the book and go bake cookies with my mom. It made me text my brother just to say, “Hey, how are you?” and it made me hug the boyfriend just a little more tightly. This book will destroy you. At first I didn’t think I would be able to write a review because If I Stay is the kind of book that rubs your emotions raw and leaves them open and bleeding. But it would be doing a disservice not to talk about If I Stay. So here I am.If I Stay alternates between present day of Mia in a coma watching life unfold around her and memories that Mia relives. The memories reveal, while not a perfect childhood, a childhood that is certainly filled with a loving family and happy times. When contrasted with the present Mia, locked a coma, these memories become even more painful to bear, a poignant reminder of everything that can be lost.As difficult and heart-wrenching as If I Stay is, it is a book that you should consider reading. Though there is so much more that I could say, this is one you should experience for yourself.