Monday, June 14, 2010

The Covers of If I Stay - Gayle Forman

US Hardcover

US Paperback

UK Hardcover                                  UK Paperback

UK Hardcover (other edition)



DUTCH: Front and Back

I lovelovelove this book. I don't have a copy yet, but it's definitely one I NEED would love to own. The copy my library in Australia has is the UK hardcover looking down on the girl with purple font. Not really my fave. I can't decide which edition I would choose.  

Obviously, I'd have to go with one that's written in English ;)

 I do think the Dutch one looks awesome-beautiful-arty, even though it doesn't match the actual story as well as the others and the model is perhaps a bit old-looking for Mia. I adore the pink butterfly on her jaw and the back cover is particularly crush-worthy.

I think I'm keen on the US Paperback, but what is that sliver of ice stuff down the right hand side??? And the quote about it appealing to fans of Twilight (!) I mean, it would appeal to anyone, but I personally can't see the connection with Twilight at all...

The Uk Paperback is on sale atm @ my local bookstore, but I'm so indecisive about which cover I want I haven't picked it up.

What do you guys think? Own any?

Other Stuff about If I Stay

You can go here to author Melissa Walkers blog to read what Gayle Forman has to say about her cover story. And, giving a shout out to Melissa Walkers blog, who often does cover stories and I never get tired of reading them :)

Most of you probably know that the sequel to If I Stay is coming out in April 2011! Can I hear an amen?
It's called "Where She went" -- from Adam's point of view and is set three years later. Ooooooh....
I cannot wait :) Really, really. As in, seriously pumped.

Go here to read Gayle's blog post about her decision to write the sequel. 

Aaaand... also hanging out for the movie. Which will probably be forever away, but I can see why If I Stay would make a super compelling movie. Here's a post by Gayle on the movie which basically says she's as out of the loop as we are in regards to casting, directing, etc.


  1. These covers are gorgeous. I haven't read this book yet. Is it really that good? Doing it from the guy's perspective three years later really intrigues me. I guess I'll have to pick it up. I like the two US covers the best I think, though I really don't know what's on the side in the paperback.

    Maybe they say it appeals to twilight fans because of romance. I don't know when Twilight became THE romance book, but I guess it did. Oh sigh.

  2. I lovelovelove this book as well! The dutch version is beautiful, but I agree that it doesn't really look like Mia or make story sense. This will sound odd as it's a tactile thing, but the US cover was printed on matt paper and it reminded me of art class paper so I vote that one. And the blue really made it stand out. Hated the Twilight quote of the paperback!
    And thanks for the info on the sequel. I <3 Adam

  3. I think all the covers are beautifuul, but my favorites are the Portuguese editions.

  4. I love this book. I picked it as my book clubs first try at YA, get to find out tonight what they thought :)

    I think my favorite remains the US hardcover

  5. My colleague has the US hardcover, but I personally like the US paperback more. Don't know why.

  6. Haven't read it but visually I like the US softcover best.

  7. I haven't read this book yet, though I've heard so many lovely things about it. I intend to do so soon. I do love the covers, however. They're gorgeous.

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  8. They're all such beautiful covers! I usually can decide, but I can't in this instance. My sister read this book and loved it and raved about it to me for several days after. I think I should read it now. But I'm afraid to because I don't really like sad books. However, now that I know there's a sequel...I think I will.


  9. I love the UK cover. It's beautiful. I can't believe I haven't read this yet!

  10. As a New Zealander, I have the cover shown here as the UK hardcover on. I like it, and feel it's fitting - the blue and the white for the snowy road, while the white dress reminds me both of afterlife dress stereotypes, but also hospital gowns.

    I do love the quote on the second UK hardcover. Perfect summing up.

  11. I'm so jealous of all the countries that have awesome covers, and we Aussies are usually stuck with the crappier ones :(

    Also, I gave you an award on my blog, cos you're so darn amazing! :)

  12. I read the US hardcover edition of this book and I have to say that it remains my favorite. :o) I think it's the font that I like the most--I adore the casual cursive writing.

    Have you read The Lovely Bones? If I Stay reminded me a lot of that novel.

  13. yeah, there are lots of similarities with The Lovely Bones. I've never thought of that before...


  15. Hungarian cover:

  16. I just finished If I Stay a few weeks ago, and I didn't know it had so many beautiful covers. The Dutch cover does look very artsy; but, again, a bit old and far off from the actual story. The US paperback is pretty nice, but my favorite cover is still the US hardcover. I've mentioned it on my review how it's so simple, yet beautifully done. It's like that pink flower/rose (?) represents Mia, and the snowy branch represents the world around her. I already bought a copy of Where She Went and I can't wait to own a copy of If I Stay next. I think you should go with the US paperback or hardcover since both best represent the book as a whole:)

  17. And yeah, what is with the silver of ice on the right side of the US paperback cover. Must be a glitch that the publishing people did not bother to fix? Hmm. Maybe we should ask Gayle Forman. The story is FAR from Twilight; but the funny thing is, I thought of Bella when I saw the US paperback cover. So maybe the publishing peeps were trying to appeal to Twilight fans.

  18. Gayle Forman seamlessly intertwines the present and past and at time when I wondered "where's this bit going...?" she delivers on highly emotional level tugging at my heart strings. The whole story is emotionally charged and you will be constantly sighing and heaving with tears. If I Stay is a true testament to the power a single person can hold and what a lifetime of love and memories can offer. Don't take one second for granted and keep moving.


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