If I Stay, Review

30 Apr

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

Plot: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year old Mia has no memory of the accident. She can only recall riding down the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

The characters become human as Mia recalls people and events from her life. How much her grandfather meant to her, the bond she has with her little brother, how she met her boyfriend and best friend, and how much the cello was a part of her life.

Instead of being trapped in her bed in a coma, Mia is able to see everyone who comes to see her and talk to her, almost as if she is a ghost. No one can see or sense her other self, but she is able to leave herself and go other places in the hospital. A nurse plants the idea with her that whether she stays or goes is up to her. There is also a sequel called Where She Went.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

–Jill

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