Series: If I Stay #1
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Published by Dutton Children's (4.9.2009)
Hardcover, 199 pages
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
This book didn’t waste any time getting to the point. A few pages in I was already glued to the story, hand over my mouth in horror and shock. After the accident, Mia is left with the ultimate question – live with the pain or take the easy way out in death?
I loved Mia’s family and friends. Like me, Mia has an awesome family (okay, so my parents didn’t get married in leather or a white flapper dress with spike boots, but still), a wonderful and supportive boyfriend, her and her BFF used to hate each other, and she’s never really had to deal with a major hardship before. So, I found it easy to put myself in her shoes. Maybe that’s why this book got to me so much. I couldn’t help but think about what it would be like to go through something like that. I’m not sure I’d have the strength to make the decision that she did…it’s too painful to even contemplate it.
If I Stay was very emotional and moving and had me near tears at many points, several of which I really did cry. I’m not saying the whole book is depressing, because it’s not. The flashbacks into Mia’s life are wonderful and happy and I thoroughly enjoyed them. This book was full of love and heartbreak, sadness and joy. Forman made me feel like I was actually in the story.