If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Mia is a gifted cellist who doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of her family.  Her mom, dad, and little brother Teddy don’t quite understand her attraction to classical music and prefer more popular styles of music, like punk and rock.  Still, her parents are really cool and the seem to “get” her despite their differences in musical tastes.  Mia’s boyfriend is a rock star, too, but is also very supportive of her decision to play the cello.  Mia’s most difficult choice, at the opening of the book, is whether or not to take her cello training to the next level.  She has to choose between staying with her family and friends or attending The Juilliard School in New York City.  After a horrific car accident, Mia ends up in a state somewhere between life and death.  As Mia floats around, having  an “out-of-body” experience, she is able to ascertain that her parents died on impact, her brother was gravely injured, and her own body was so badly hurt that she needed to be transported by helicopter to the nearest major trauma center.  While Mia is outside herself, she can see and hear everything around her, but she is unable to feel her body’s pain.  This gives her plenty of time to reflect back on her life thus far, and allows her the opportunity she needs to decide whether to “stay” or “go.”  Very thought provoking, very touching, and very sad…

Happy Reading!


2 responses to “If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  1. this book is amazing . its kinda short but it has a meaning to it. very good book .

  2. Pingback: I Was Here by Gayle Forman | Librarina

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