If I Stay is a romance novel by Gayle Forman published in 2009. It is a captivating story about a seventeen-year-old gifted cellist named Mia Hall. Mia faces many difficult choices, she can follow her love of music and go to Juilliard University to accomplish her cellist dreams, or she can stay with her family and the people she loves. Suddenly, all of those choices become meaningless, because on one fateful morning, a disastrous car wreck lands Mia in a coma and her world is turned upside down. Now Mia faces the biggest choice of her lifetime -if she stays.
On a snowy day in Portland, Oregon, Mia, her mother, her father, and her little brother, Teddy, decide to go for a morning drive. The snow causes their car to swerve into another lane where a car crashes into theirs, causing serious injuries for the entire family. When Mia awakens, she finds herself detached from her body, which is barely holding on. She finds the bodies of her mother and father, who died from the crash. She also finds her own body, on the brink of death. Mia realizes that she is having an out of body experience, and follows her physical body to the hospital. She watches her extended family rushing to take care of her, while her best friend Kim and her boyfriend Adam struggle to reach the hospital. Through her stay at the hospital, Mia reflects on her life, reminiscing about the development of her relationship with Adam, the development of her passion and talent for playing the cello, and the obstacles of being a teenager who feels out of place no matter where she goes. Mia goes back and forth between deciding whether to stay with her remaining family, as well as Adam, or whether to leave, to be with her parents and Teddy, who have passed on. Her decision is almost made up to leave until Adam finally reaches the room where her body is being held. He begs her to stay, and at that moment, she sees how her whole future would go on if she was to stay. At that moment, she decides to stay alive.
Overall, I loved If I Stay, this devastating romance novel held my interest from the beginning to the end. Although the book was a great read. I would recommend If I Stay to people who love books that bring you through a roller coaster of emotions. If I Stay is a brilliant novel that reminds me to be grateful for everything you have because it can be taken away in a blink of an eye.
A must-read novel for teens.
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