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If You Liked… If I Stay

One of my favorite parts about being a book blogger is sharing the books that I love with others. I absolutely love sharing my favorite reads and recommending them to others who are looking to fall in love with a new book! With all of these amazing YA adaptations coming out recently, I know a lot of people are looking for more books similar to the movies that have hit the silver screen, so for all those looking for books similar to your blockbuster favorites, I’ve got some recommendations lined up for you!

12 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKED IF I STAY

Gayle Forman’s novel IF I STAY is one of my all-time favorites. I love the characters and everything about the book is just wonderful and beautifully written. Now that the book is on the big screen, a lot of people who may not have been avid readers or who aren’t as familiar with the genre (whether that be contemporary, out-of-body experiences, or YA) may be wondering what to read next or what kind of books are like IF I STAY. That’s where I step in — I’ve read quite a few that I think have the same sort of feel so without further ado, here 12 books to read if you liked IF I STAY!


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IF YOU LIKED IF I STAY…

Try… THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales.
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I connected with this book right from the beginning. If you’ve ever felt like an outside who just wanted to fit in, you’ll definitely see a little bit of yourself in THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE protagonist Elise Dembowski. The book was incredibly well-written and it really hit home in so many ways. Elise goes through quite a bit and it was definitely an emotional journey to witness. The book has a wonderful overall message and it stuck with me long after I finished reading.

Try… MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal.
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I like MY LAST KISS as an IF I STAY comparison because there are a lot of similarities: an out-of-body experience creating a sort of paranormal feel but at the same time definitely holds a contemporary feel as well. MY LAST KISS also has a bit of a mystery as well as Cassidy, the main character, tries to figure out exactly how she did by reflecting on her life as well as following the lives of her family and friends after her death. It was a really interesting concept and although it wasn’t as emotional for me, I think it has a lot of the same qualities as IF I STAY!

Try… LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira.
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LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD is another really powerful book that’s been getting a lot of attention recently. (It’s actually already been optioned for film as well!) The book is written entirely in letters that Laurel is writing to celebrities who passed away young like her sister May. The letters help her work through her life after losing her sister and how to regain a sense of normalcy, knowing that things can never go back to the way they used to be. There’s been a lot of praise for this book recently and it’s easy to see why!

Try… OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord.
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OPEN ROAD SUMMER was one of my favorite reads so far this year. It’s a fantastic combination of cute & swoony and serious & emotional. The book follows Reagan who’s just been through a really difficult string of events and it’s ready to leave it all behind her. It just so happens that her best friend is none other than country-pop superstar Lilah Montgomery. Reagan hits the road with Lilah on her 24-city summer tour and not only leaves the past behind but finds a new future and solidifies her friendship. I absolutely loved this book (and I don’t even like country music) thanks to its great characters, amazing friendships, and fantastic romance.

Try… THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson.
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THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is a book that reads very similarly to LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD (I actually made the comparison when I picked up LOVE LETTERS) — Protagonist Lennie Walker is putting the pieces of her life back together after the sudden death of her sister. Aside from figuring herself out, she’s also left to repair the relationships with her sister’s boyfriend and her own family, meanwhile learning a thing or two about love. I finished this book in one day, ugly crying and all. It was so beautiful and heartbreaking and one I really recommend.

Try… TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone.
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If you’re digging the “other worldly” aspect of IF I STAY but still caught up in all the swooniness, I highly recommend TIME BETWEEN US! The book has such a contemporary romance feel and yet the main plot involves a time travel aspect. The characters are just fantastic and the book really hit me in the feels. Like IF I STAY, TIME BETWEEN US is actually the first of a duology as well!

Try… NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland.
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NANTUCKET BLUE is the first in another duology (I swear I didn’t pick all the duologies on purpose… But I do love them) and I just fell in love with it when I first read it last year. After the death of her best friend’s mom, Cricket’s plans for summer in Nantucket with her best friend’s family are entirely up in the air. NANTUCKET BLUE is a wonderful story about friendship, loss, romance, and finding oneself in the most unexpected places. I love Cricket’s character and I really connected with her on so many levels!

Try… ONE MOMENT by Kristina McBride.
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I read ONE MOMENT few years ago and thought it was so well done. I feel like it touches on a lot of the same situations and predicaments that IF I STAY does. It was emotional, psychological, and raw. I really wasn’t expecting to connect so much with this book and I really ended up loving it! I feel like it’s much lesser-known but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful! If you’re looking for something similar, it’s definitely worth a try!

Try… THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robin Schneider.
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I devoured THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING last year! It was a lovely, bittersweet contemporary romance told from the POV of main character Ezra who returns to school after a debilitating knee injury, therefore ruining any future he may have had as his school’s tennis star. His life was turned upside down after an awful night of breaking up with his girlfriend and then a terrible car accident and Ezra sort of has to go back to the beginning, back to his roots with his old best friend, in order to figure out how to start the future he didn’t anticipate following. I just loved the writing and the story. This book was top notch for me!

Try… GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby.
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GOLDEN was a fan-favorite last year when it was released and it’s easy to see why — this book contains a great coming-of-age story, a bit of a mystery, and a situation that I’m sure many teens (or even adults) have related to as they’re about to embark on a totally new venture in their lives. It was really beautifully written and follows a heart-breaking as well as heart-warming tale. I loved watching main character Parker’s growth throughout the book and felt a sense of accomplishment for her by the end!

Try… JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman.
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Let’s wrap up the list with another Gayle Forman book! If you loved IF I STAY, then I hope you’ll love the book in Gayle’s next duology, JUST ONE DAY.  It’s about a girl named Allyson who goes to Europe the summer before starting college and ends up finding the path that will change her entire life as she knows it. It starts with an adventure when she meets a handsome stranger, but Allyson’s journey is also so much more than finding a boy and falling in love. She really discovers so many things about herself through the experiences she goes through as well as what Willem (the handsome stranger) helped her see from a different perspective. This book was so beautiful and I just connected with it SO well.


Picking recommendations for fans of IF I STAY was not something I took lightly so I sincerely hope you find a good new read from the books above! They’re books I think read closely to IF I STAY and I hope that if you liked IF I STAY, you’ll love these books!

I’ve been working on all kinds of recommendations of what to read after that big blockbuster book-to-movie! In case you missed it, I also had recommendations for what to read after The Fault in Our Stars and coming up, I’m working on recs for what to read after DIVERGENT, THE HUNGER GAMES and more!

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my previous list of recs below!

 

If You Liked… The Fault in Our Stars

One of my favorite parts about being a book blogger is sharing the books that I love with others. I absolutely love sharing my favorite reads and recommending them to others who are looking to fall in love with a new book! With all of these amazing YA adaptations coming out recently, I know a lot of people are looking for more books similar to the movies that have hit the silver screen, so for all those looking for books similar to your blockbuster favorites, I’ve got some recommendations lined up for you!

8 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKED THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

My recommendations for what to read after THE FAULT IN OUR STARS may not be the books you’d immediately jump to. I feel like it’s easy to pick another book that tells the tale of struggling with cancer, but I felt like TFIOS had a story that went beyond a “cancer story”. It was about two teens who has this awful thing thrown at them, but they’re also still trying to figure out who they are in the world and how they can make an impact. There’s a stress that time may be an issue and they need to make the most of their own lives as well as their time with friends and family. There’s a lot of self-discovery, a solid romance, and some great friendships as well as personal struggles and outside forces turning their entire lives upside down, so with that in mind… Here are my hand-picked of 8 books to read if you liked THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

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IF YOU LIKED THE FAULT IN OUR STARS…

Try… ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell.
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This book was an emotional roller coaster for me, but in a good way. The book is set in the Midwest in the 1980s, but if you’re afraid that you won’t connect with that, don’t fret — it’s not overly fraught with pop culture references (though the music selections are excellent). It has plenty of tender moments, some real character growth, and plenty of moments that will tug at your heartstrings. Rainbow Rowell just has an amazing way of stringing words and sentences together and this book is bound to have you mesmerized!

Try… IF I STAY by Gayle Forman.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

IF I STAY is another BIG book out right now with its movie adaptation just hitting the big screen! It’s also another one of my favorite books EVER. Gayle Forman is a fantastic writer and this book really drew me in to YA contemporary when I was really hardcore into paranormal and dystopian. It’s chock full of emotion — both the good times and the bad. I really fell in love with these characters and this family AND this romance. IF I STAY is not one to miss and I couldn’t be happier that this book from Gayle Forman is now on the big screen!

Try… THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler.
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This book. I went through such a range of emotions while reading it! It has a fantastic family dynamic featuring Jude, her mother, her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and her three older sisters who tell her to stay away from the Vargas boys. When Emilio Vargas happens to be the only person who can help Jude and her father finish his motorcycle… Jude knows she’s in trouble. THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS is one of my favorite books for the content, the emotional connection, the romance, the friendship, the family dynamic… Everything about this book was perfect for me!

Try… WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith.
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WILD AWAKE was another book that totally took me by storm. I literally read it cover to cover in one afternoon — I just couldn’t put it down! The book is about a girl named Kiri who essentially has the house to herself when her parents go on vacation. Instead of what you’d presume teenagers would do (throw a party), Kiri is content mastering the piano for hours a day… Until someone calls asking about her sister who had died a few years back and Kiri’s world quickly turns upside down. It’s a bit of a wild ride and incredible to see the Kiri at the beginning of the book and at the end.

Try… THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay.
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Katja Millay has a fantastic way with words and characters. This book was incredibly beautiful and I totally fell head over heels with it when I first read it. I totally got lost in the writing and not only that but her characters just felt so incredibly real. Even the secondary characters really made an impact on me. The book has such a level of depth that I really got lost in the world that Katja Millay created and didn’t want it to end. I was rooting for these two characters who felt like big, gaping holes of themselves were missing and they came together in the most unexpected way. Truly wonderful.
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Try… CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL by Louise Rozett.
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The first in a series, CONFESSIONS starts off with Rose, a freshman in high school after she lost her father when he went overseas to war. Her family is trying their best to hold it together, but no one is really handling it in the same way. When Rose becomes the victim of a bully, even more drama erupts in her life and she has to figure out how to grieve, how to reunite her family, and how to deal with friend and bully drama all at once. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the REALLY cute guy who she has a major crush on who’s taken a liking to her…

Try… SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller.
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Another war-related book (chosen coincidentally)… Told from the POV of Travis who has just returned back home on leave from the army. Travis suffers from PTSD and tries not to let his family or friends catch on. He also has to figure out his place back home since when he left for the army, everything seems to have changed. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one since I don’t normally connect with military themes, but SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL was realistic, mature, powerful, and emotional as well. There’s a great romance and though it’s not a great family dynamic and Travis struggles to reunite with his friends, I loved how Travis strengthened the relationships he valued and realized which ones to let go.

Try… ALTHEA & OLIVER by Cristina Moracho.
Review (to be posted!) // Goodreads // Amazon

ALTHEA & OLIVER doesn’t release until October, but it’s one that really stuck with me lately. This one is maybe a bit more on the mature side (some content may be a bit mature for younger teens) but I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. ALTHEA & OLIVER follows the two title characters through the roughest patch of their friendship, the summer before and fall of their junior year of high school. This book was raw and real and I loved Cristina Moracho’s writing. Keep your eyes peeled for this one releasing October 2014!


Well, I hope some of these recommendations pointed you in the right direction! They’re some of the books that give me the biggest feels and share a lot of the same qualities that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS does. Which books would you recommend for fans of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS? Anything in particular stick out?

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my previous list of recs below!

 

Casting Call [3] – The Fault in Our Stars


Welcome to the very first ever edition of Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple of characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.

This week, we’re casting for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green! If you haven’t read the book or want to catch up on what it was about, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads and a link to my original review:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My original review: The Fault in Our Stars (posted 9/7/12)

This week, I will be casting Mr. & Mrs. Waters (Augustus’s parents):

Mrs. Waters: The only real description I could find for Augustus’s mom was “short and mousy” but other than that, I didn’t have much to go on. I wanted his mom’s character to be a strong one. I felt like both of Augustus’s parents tried to remain upbeat for most of the book and ultimately supportive. We also know his mom really loves all of those proverbial little sayings since they’re covering the entire house.
So I’d searched for who I could picture as a good Mrs. Waters and I came up with Patricia Clarkson. Most recently I recognized her for her role in Easy A as Emma Stone’s mother. Although quite a different character from what I’d be casting her in for The Fault in Our Stars, I think she’d be great to tackle this role! 

Mr. Waters: This was actually kind of a tricky one for me. Mr. Waters is supposed to be “thin” according to the book and since his mom is described as tall, we assumed that Augustus must get his basketball height from his dad. Tall, thin – I kept picturing someone like Neil Flynn. Although technically Neil Flynn is younger than Patricia Clarkson, I think they could make a nice parental duo! I think that all still works out okay age-wise for him to have had Augustus’s two older sisters as well. 

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks (Augustus Waters and Mr. Lancaster)
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA (Peter Van Houton and Lidewij Vliegenthart)
Tee @ YA Crush (Hazel and Isaac)
Dixie @ Gone Pecan (Katilyn and Mrs. Lancaster)

Join us next week as we cast The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

The Fault In Our Stars – John GreenTitle: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Publishing Info: January 10, 2012 by Penguin
Source: Library
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 1, 2012
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Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumors tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind

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Please don’t bring out the torches and pitchforks but… I totally didn’t like THE FAULT IN OUR STARS as much as I had hoped. For everything I had heard about it, the rave reviews, everyone who was touched by it, I feel like there were so many things that I just found not to like about it.

First and foremost, I borrowed this from the library as an audiobook. To be fair, I probably shouldn’t have listened to the book and I should have actually read the book. I really didn’t like the narrator, Kate Rudd (actually hated at the beginning). Her voice was just fine, but it was a little too exact in pronunciation so I felt like I was listening to a motivational tape or something. I also really didn’t like her voices for Augustus or Isaac at all. Isaac was a really whiny voice and Augustus just sounded kind of dopey. Also, all of the “okay” sequences between Hazel and Augustus sounded so stiff and not emotional at all and always with the same exact inflection. I just really didn’t think she did a good job.

Looking past the narration, there were also quite a few things that bothered me. I felt like John Green had big word-itis in this book. Has anyone ever seen that episode of Friends where Joey uses the thesaurus to write an adoption recommendation letter for Monica & Chandler? That’s how I felt about the choice of words in this book. Now, now, I know Hazel is supposed to be “not-your-ordinary-16-year-old-girl”. She doesn’t have the social life to pick up the common teenage “OMG” aspect, but still. She’s 16. I just didn’t relate to the fact that she (and Augustus too) seemed to have a vastly larger vocabulary than any of their peers, and even the adults in this book were dumbed down by their knowledge as well as their struggle with their respective cancers. I just really felt like the writing was a bit — dare I say — pretentious. I really just didn’t care for a lot of it, actually.

I really didn’t enjoy the trip to Amsterdam much either. The whole thing just felt unnecessary and that the whole thing could have taken place in the US.  I know, I know, there were obvious reasons for it but I totally wasn’t digging it.

And don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the fact that it was a sadder or more serious story than I normally read. I quite enjoy the serious turn on quite a few books, but I don’t know… I just never really got into it. And also has nothing to do with cancer as the main focus – Please – Lurleen McDaniels books were my bread and butter as an adolescent. I just never made a real connection with the characters.

I think I complained a bit too much in this review… But I actually was bothered by quite a bit. That being said, I did cry. I sobbed at the ultimate sobbing point of the book and totally could not help it! And I did end up enjoying quite a bit of the book. I was just let down quite a bit since everyone was giving it 4.5 or 5 stars reviews. I disappointed myself by expecting too much!

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Hazel // Well, I kind of already summed it up a bit. I just never identified with Hazel, and I really, really wanted to. Broken but strong, stoic but emotional – How could I not? But really somehow I didn’t. I didn’t care for how she switched from extremely large words to calling someone a “doucheface”. I felt like it was quite a polar opposite that didn’t transition well.
Augustus // Yet again, just didn’t really connect. I didn’t care for the whole metaphor of the cigarettes… I like his story a bit more than Hazel’s… but right from the start, he didn’t stand a chance of me liking him because of his name. I just didn’t like the name Augustus and to shorten it to Gus? That’s even worse. The only Gus I’ve ever known was the mouse in Cinderella!
Isaac // I actually liked Isaac the most out of the teen characters. He was a bit simpler, as it should have been.

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Borrow it

Well, I suppose the hype killed this one for me a little bit. I also MAY not be a John Green fan. (I know there are more than one of us out there!) I’d say maybe borrow this one before you buy it!

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