Quick quote

I am currently reading If I Stay by Gayle Forman and it is SO powerful. Ironically, I am reading this story and just this morning at 8am my cousin was in a fatal car accident where he died on scene. He was only 21. So this post is a dedication to my cousin Matthew. I didn’t get to see him much, but he was family. RIP.


“You wouldn’t expect the radio to work afterward. But it does.
The car is eviscerated. The impact of a four-ton pickup truck going sixty miles an hour plowing straight into the passenger side had the force of an atom bomb. It tore off the doors, sent the front-side passenger seat through the driver’s-side window. It flipped the chassis, bouncing it across the road and ripped the engine apart as if it were no stronger than a spiderweb. It tossed wheels and hubcaps deep into the forest. It ignited bits of the gas tank, so that now tiny flames lap at the wet road.

And there was so much noise. A symphony of grinding, a chorus of popping, an aria of exploding, and finally, the sad clapping of hard metal cutting into soft trees. Then it went quiet, except for this: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no. 3, still playing. The car radio somehow still is attached to a battery and so Beethoven is broadcasting into the once-again tranquil February morning.”

- If I Stay by Gayle Forman

What do you think?

  • aleeza rauf says:

    i remember reading this a while back and for some reason now that i’m rereading this quote i’m amazed i don’t remember it that well because MAN, it’s done real well, the details of such a crazily intense accident. *shudders*

    and i’m so so sorry about Matthew. how horrible! :( may God bless him.

  • That is such a beautiful and sad book. I was bawling throughout it. And how horrible. :( I’m sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry about your cousin. My thoughts go out to your family. =/

    That book sounds very moving.

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