Series: If I Stay
Publisher: Dutton Books (Member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.)
Release Date: April 9, 2009
Read in: 2 days
A Teenager's Perspective:
If I Stay, is truly a heartwarming story that readers never forget. Mia gets into a terrible car accident and is then trapped into a coma. She has an “out of body” experience where she watches as her family gathers around her in the hospital and what happens to her. Mia has to make an extremely tough decision – wake up and endure a life of excruciating pain or fade away and die. What will Mia choose?
We were literally in tears about twenty pages into the book. This book was so moving and inspiring because Mia really had to go through many hardships as she watched her family and friends gather around her to make her choice – life or death. All the time, we were hoping for Mia to cling to her life even if her life wouldn’t be the same as her old life was. Mia’s character was very relatable to us because she had the same insecurities about fitting in with her family and friends like most teens do.
Adam and Mia’s relationship was loving and complicated. We felt so sorry and sympathetic for Adam because he was devastated about Mia’s situation. They had such different personalities that it made their relationship interesting and complex. Rebellious rocker boy matched with quiet classical-playing musician.
The one thing that really stood out to us was how the author used music as a major theme in the book. If you don’t read this book, something is wrong with you. This is an amazing, awe-inspiring, and stirring story that will touch your heart.
Don’t forget to read the sequel Where She Went!