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If I Stay by Gayle Forman March 27, 2011

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I read this book this past summer and found it very interesting because it wasn’t like anything I’d ever read before. 

Mia is a 17 girl and a wonderful cellist well on her way to Juilliard.  Her boyfriend, Adam, is in a band and her life couldn’t be better when she wakes up one day to find its a snow day and there is no need to get ready for school.  The family decides to take advantage of the day off and visit some friends.  Suddenly, in a flash everything is gone, victim of a terrible accident, Mia finds herself in a coma, her parents have already passed on and she doesn’t know what happened to her brother.  It soon becomes apparent that Mia has a big choice to make, she must decide her future: on one hand how could she give up Juilliard and Adam, but on the other how can she do that without her parents?  As Mia thinks back on her life so far and looks to the choice that lies ahead, this tragic yet inspiring book keeps readers hooked until the very end.

I have to say, this places pretty high on my list of good books.  I’m just going to admit right away that this book made me cry and that rarely happens.  It just goes to show what a powerful book this truly was.  Just the whole idea behind the story that we, as humans, could control our own fate like that is quite intriguing.  As Mia watches the action around her and tries work out what she should do, we get a peek back at her past at how she and Adam met and the story has a romantic touch without being too sappy.  Although it is heart breaking and death hangs in the air constantly, I found that it wasn’t really depressing to a point that made it not enjoyable.  Mia’s journey is, in its own way, quite an uplifting story.  I think readers will find the way Mia weighs her options believable and realistic.  As she watches her other relatives and friends in the waiting room of the hospital, her situation seems so unimaginable, but it is told in such a way that its as if your right there with her, trying to make an almost impossible decision.  I won’t spoil the ending, but I’ll just say that for me, it was the perfect way to end the book.  Definitely worth the read, Gayle Forman’s debut book will not disapoint you!

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