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If I Stay

A Novel
Forman, Gayle (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
Authors: Forman, Gayle
Title: If I stay
a novel
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 22 cm
Summary: While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
ISBN: 9780525421030
0525421033
9780142415436
Branch Call Number: YA Forman, G
Statement of Responsibility: by Gayle Forman
Subject Headings: Death Juvenile fiction Medical fiction Cellists Juvenile fiction Families Oregon Juvenile fiction Coma Juvenile fiction Oregon Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Death
Medical fiction
Cellists
Families
Coma
LCCN: 2008023938
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I found this book really hard to get into. It was too slow-paced for me and I didn't like the constant flashbacks. Someone else might like it though.

Aug 30, 2014
  • yamie202 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good book, I like that it had a sequel so you could catch up on what happened to everyone.

Aug 28, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mia Hall, a teen aged cellist waiting to hear from Julliard, is involved in a car accident which kills her entire family. The book follows Mia, as she wanders the hospital and watches her loved ones and her comatose body. The next step, to stay or go, is all up to her.

There is a nice helping of melodrama here but it's broken up with Mia's looking back on her life. At her rocker mother, ex-punk-new teacher father, adorable younger brother, and her friends - especially her emo-core band member boyfriend Adam.

What got me the most about this tale was more about the role of music in everyone's life and how even people who don't like each other's music - Mia's mother gave birth to Mia's brother blasting loud punk music while Mia much prefers classical fare, even the doctor's doing surgery on Mia rotate between everyone's musical taste - still connect with each other and work with each other despite their difference in that regard. Music is as much a part of this story as love (familiar and romantic both) is.

There is also a really nice breakdown of all the band and song references in the book at the end of the book for anyone curious to hear for themselves or learn more. I really enjoyed that.

'If I stay' is Gayle Forman's top seller. She has also written a squeal to this novel called 'Where She Went'.This book is told from Mia Hall's point of view.

This novel is about how Mia's life is perfect; has a boyfriend, plays the cello and it's her last year of high school. But one day during the winter, school is cancelled due to the snow fall

Aug 24, 2014
  • white_rabbit_674 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A-freaking-mazing

Aug 20, 2014
  • flammy_icy_girl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. It was sad and moving at the same time. Makes us value the life we have and how we might reflect in the future.

Aug 20, 2014
  • Orange_Fox_31 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

this is a very sad book

Aug 16, 2014
  • 1D_5SOS rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I just couldn't get through this book... I really wanted to like it but I just couldn't. After finishing the Percy Jackson series I wasn't in the mood to read this book. I wanted something uplifting, fun and adventurous!

If I hadn't been in a reading slump I bet I would've loved the book. But it was just the wrong time and wrong book. Maybe I'll finish this book later on in the year...

I hope everyone else likes it because I really did try hard to finish this book.

Aug 14, 2014
  • Ilovebooks98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As I read this book, I went through all the motions. It was almost as if I was her. I felt her sadness, her pain, her love, everything. It was incredible.

This book really stirred something in me. It sparked discussions with all of my friends and family. It made me wonder, if I was in her position what would I do?

I also managed to snag tickets to the advanced screening of the movie. It's absolutely beautiful. Strongly recommended for everyone to read and watch.

Makes you think about weather or not there is a middle ground between life and death.

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Aug 21, 2014
  • melros10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

melros10 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jul 19, 2014
  • blue_monkey_1726 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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Jul 16, 2014
  • NinaP608 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2014
  • Haley F Miller rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • navy_leopard_16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 04, 2014
  • blue_dolphin_4376 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

blue_dolphin_4376 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 15

Oct 20, 2013
  • MaryBar74 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Aug 28, 2013
  • olive_eagle_11 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 20, 2013
  • MaryBar74 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read this book because its going to be a movie. To my surprise it was a drag out process for me. I'm not sure if its because I'm an adult reading a teen book but she just took way.... To long to figure out her outcome. Sometimes I just wanted to scream at the book lol.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Mia is on a routine drive with her family when the unthinkable happens, and her entire family is killed in an accident. Trapped outside of her physical body, Mia reflects on her life, and tries to choose whether to die or live.

Aug 05, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-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 finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Jul 19, 2012
  • Vaib rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lighthearted drive to visit family ends in a tragic car crash, killing her parents and Mia's younger brother. She finds her self in an out of body expirience while her physical self is in a coma. Soon, it becomes apparent that it's up to her to choose between life or death. The long hours that follow her decision are spent making the choice of her life... Will she choose to go on in a life in pain without a family, but follow her dreams and be with the best boyfriend in the world? Or will her final decision be to let go and join the rest of her family?

Aug 22, 2010
  • Farah Yassine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What if you had everything?
A gorgeous boyfriend who was madly in love with you?
Quirky hip parents who got you?
A musical talent that could take you anywhere?
What if your biggest problem in life was choosing which paths to take ?
Follow your first love-music- to New York City?
Or stay with your boyfriend , friends , and family?
What if one day you went for a drive . . .
And in an instant everything changed?
What if suddenly all the other choices were gone?
Except for one - the one that truly ever mattered ?
What would you do?
Stay . . .
If I Stay . . . .
If Mia Stays . . .

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Jun 16, 2011
  • MadSasha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: touching and kissing

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Aug 20, 2014
  • flammy_icy_girl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”

Jun 02, 2014
  • im_that_girl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I'm not choosing, but I'm running out of fight.”

Aug 05, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”

Aug 05, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“I'm not sure this is a world I belong in anymore. I'm not sure that I want to wake up.”

Aug 05, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay.”

Aug 05, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”

Aug 05, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

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Aug 12, 2010
  • BiblioPhyle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 12, 2010
  • BiblioPhyle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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