I first read If I Stay by Gayle Forman in 2010. I can still say that it was an emotional read. It has a great love story, a tragic tale and the love of music all rolled into one. I saw the movie on opening day, August 22, 2014 and even though it wasn't like the novel (what movie is), it was still awesome to see it come to life on the big screen. I definitely recommend reading the novel and watching the movie, in that order.