Pages - 210
Challenges - 100+ books
Published in 2009 by Doubleday.
Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way, I suppose that's true.
This is one of those books that makes you stand back, look around you and take in everything you have. It is the type of book that makes you thank your lucky stars that you are alive.
If I Stay is the story of Mia, a seventeen year old girl, with a loving family, friends who care about her and a drop dead gorgeous boyfriend. Her future looks bright, as it looks like she will be accepted to play the cello at Juillard. Mia has so much to live for and so much hope for a successful career. But life can change in an instant.
The story starts on a cold and snowy February morning, when life is put on hold for the whole family when a snow day is declared. A road trip is decided on the spur of the moment and all at once Mia's life changes for ever. Her previous decisions no longer seem important as Mia has to make the most important choice of her life.
Spoiler Alert!!! Spoiler Alert!!!
If you haven't guessed it already, Mia's life hangs in the balance after a fatal car crash that kills the rest of her family instantly. Mia spends the entire book watching the world from outside her body, trying to decide whether she wants to stay alive or whether she wants to join her family in death.
Normally you would think, there would be no question as to your answer in a decision like that, but as Mia has lost all her family and is the only one left, you can see how this decision would indeed be a difficult one to make. The remaining family she has and her ever adoring boyfriend spend hours trying to talk her out of her coma and it is so heartbreaking to read.
I really believed in Mia, I understood her weaknesses and was in awe of her strength to deal with the death of her family. She really is an amazing character.
The book takes you back and forth between the present and the past, giving you a real feel for Mia's life. Music plays a central role throughout the book, her father was a musician and her boyfriend plays in a band, as well as Mia's own musical talents with the cello.
I loved this book, even though the story line is really sad and I felt quite choked reading it, I was completely addicted to it and finished it in one session. It is definitely one of those refreshing reads that will stand out in your memory for a long while after.
It amazes me the quality of some of the YA books being published recently. I have found them to be more powerful reads than the ones written for grownups. Anyone else feel like that?
You must read If I Stay, though do have a box of Kleenex nearby to mop up the tears. This book really made me appreciate what I have. Life is very delicate and I think many of us take it for granted. So, I definitely believe that you should live life for today, let tomorrow's worries take care of themselves.
Go out and do something spontaneous today!
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