My Husband and I had a very rare date night last week and he chose the movie, If I Stay. Yep, he chose a chick flick! (he usually does ;) ) After it ended, the entire theater full of teenage girls and my husband gasped at the abrupt and unfinished ending. He looked at me confused, so I had to tell him it was an adaptation of a book that also has a sequel. Which I had planned on reading both before we even thought about seeing the movie, but he couldn't wait and we had to see the day it was released.
So the second part of our date was.....the book store! :x We scoured the teen romance section until we found the collection, If I Stay and Where She Went (If I Stay Book 2) by Gayle Forman. I suggested getting the two books together since I was interested in reading both. He just wanted to know what happens so he dove right into the second book.
I am about half way through If I Stay, and I'm glad I saw the movie first. You know, the book is always better than the movie! It's just not possible to put all the detail from the book into a 2 hour movie. However, there are parts of the movie that are better on screen than in the book. Since the story is about musicians, the music played in the movie is a nice bonus that you can't get on paper.
Overall, the movie and book compliment each other very well. Yes, there are some changes and differences. The movie really focuses on the relationship between Mia and Adam, where the book focuses on Mia and her family more. I realize, since I haven't finished yet that may change.