IF I STAY
by Gayle Forman
Mia is a 17 year old girl who is a very talented cello player with a love for classical music. She is very close to her family which consists of two very supportive and loving parents and her little brother Teddy who is a fun loving kid. She also has a strong relationship with her edgy boyfriend Adam who shares her love for music. Mia has everything until her family gets into a bad car accident on a snowy day. She ends up comatose in a hospital where she realizes she isn’t able to interact with others the same way as she could before. While her friends and family try to deal with the situation that has just happened to her family Mia begins to flash back through memories from her life. Mia has a choice and these memories are showing her what she still has to live for but whether or not she wants to leave her family will also greatly contribute to this decision.
If I stay was a very thought provoking and emotional book. It makes you think about what you would do if placed in a similar scenario and realize everything you have to live for. As Mia is in a coma and we see her reactions and thoughts about her flashback memories we become closer to her character as well as the characters involved. While Mia shifts back and forth between whether she should stay or go the emotion builds. This book definitely held my interest from beginning to end and there was always something happening to keep you thinking. However sometimes it could get confusing when she switched between past and present talking about her memories. This novel was still very enjoyable and easy to read, i would pick it up again.
Reviewed by M.R., Grade 11 Scona Student