Thu, May 5, 2011
By Gayle Forman
April 6, 2010
Speak, 272 pages
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.
— Amazon.com description
Last Christmas, my friend Jamie sent me a Christmas gift that included Gayle Forman’s If I Stay. It took me awhile to get around to reading it, and I’m full of regret right now that I didn’t pick it up instantly. Jamie, I’ll never doubt you again.
If I Stay is the story of Mia, who is involved in a gory car crash with her family. They die, and she’s left in a state of limbo, watching life go on without her, trying to decide whether she should stay or let go.
The hard part is this: How can she live if everyone she lived for is gone? Or does she owe it to them to keep on living? These are big questions, and they are handled beautifully in this book.
It’s terribly sad, but also heartwarming. The concept is familiar – who hasn’t thought of attending your own funeral, watching as the world around you mourns? – but the follow-through is brilliant. Trust me, you want to read this one. I’m someone who hates books about death, but I’m ever so grateful that I gave this one a chance.
PS: Did I cry? No. I worry this makes me heartless. Leave a comment if this one turned you into a blubbery mess.
Come back tomorrow for my review of the sequel, Where She Went!