If I Stay by Gayle Forman
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she fi nds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
I liked this book, but I have reservations about it as well. I was disturbed by page 14. I knew what it was about, but I didn’t expect the descriptions at the beginning.
The flashbacks were interesting, but sometimes Mia’s family and friends seemed too perfect to the point of being a little annoying. Mia also annoyed me sometimes. I wouldn’t say it is necessarily the character’s fault, but her perspective on music was so different than mine. I was extremely involved in music growing up. I did solos and such, but I really enjoyed being part of a group – an ensemble or the band. To Mia, playing was always a solo experience and that was just hard for me to understand. I expected to like her musicality, but in the end I couldn’t relate to her.