If I Stay – Gayle Forman

If i stayOn a day that started like any other…
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

Mia has survived a horrific car accident that took her parents and younger brother, Teddy. But, it’s not that simple. Mia is displaced from her body as it lays in a coma following a very tragic ordeal. Told only from her point of view, she watches as doctors and nurses come in and out to check on her, family in and out to say goodbye or just pray for a recovery. Meanwhile she watches as her friends and family come together and try to cope with all that has happened. However, the only one who can decide her future is Mia. This is the hardest decision she will ever face… Can she let go, not knowing if she will remember anything or see her parents when she dies? Or will she be able to push forward and live on without them. And which of her memories will help her decide whether or not to “Stay?” And no matter what she decides nothing will ever be the same.

if-i-stayWith all the buzz around this book recently I decided I needed to know what the fuss was all about. I honestly knew nothing about it so I didn’t know what to expect. I wish someone would have warned me to have tissues nearby. Its amazing how this entire book can take place in just over 24 hours and have so much going on. I was really moved by the story and the way the readers were given glimpses into the past that were so relevant with each passing moment. Each memory that Mia recounts makes it easier to understand how difficult this decision must be for her. And having everything from her POV takes the story to a whole new level. It’s a simple premise, but nothing about this book is simple and no matter what, it will make an impact on you. For me it made me question how I would handle the situation, both as a bystander or a victim. Get some tissues ready before you pick this up, but definitely check it out!




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