by Gayle Forman
What if you no longer had to choose whether or not to move across the country to attend a college and leave your boyfriend behind? Or if you are going to that party on Saturday night? Or even what you were going to eat for breakfast?
What if all of life’s seemingly big decisions became nothing because you had to decide whether you want to live or die? That is what happened to Mia when a seemingly normal car trip with her family ends in a devastating crash that kills her parents instantly and leaves Mia and her little brother critically injured. Mia, in a state that seems like limbo, is forced to watch the surgeries that keep her alive and the reactions of her friends and family members as they wait in the hospital and visit her as her body is in a comatose state. All the while she is remembering her life and what made it worth living. This tearjerker has its happier moments, however, as Mia recalls the best memories of her life as she decides if she should stay. Pick this book up if you want to feel, because it will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, but will leave you uplifted with a new perspective on the gift that is life and what makes it worth living. Also, look for the sequel to If I Stay, entitled Where She Went, to hit bookshelves in April 2011.