If I Stay

If I Stay

A Novel

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525421030
0525421033
Branch Call Number: YF FORMA-G
Characteristics: 201 p. ; 22 cm

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After a car accident leaves her in a coma, Mia's consciousness reflects on her life while deciding whether to live or die. Read the book, then see the movie!


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CassandraOverney
Jan 06, 2018

While I was reading If I Stay, I was debating whether to give it four or five stars. After reading the beautiful ending, I couldn't give it anything lower than five. Besides the wonderful ending, I really like the structure of the book. The book is not split into chapters but time intervals. Each interval includes a description of what is going on in the present (the aftermath of a severe car accident) and then is followed by the main character's memories. The present and the past tie together really nicely. Both are necessary for Mia to decide whether she should stay, and live, or leave forever.

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texasbooks
Sep 21, 2017

This was an emotional book to read. It was different to read a book based on a coma patients thoughts. It was a book impossible to put down, read it in one day. I really liked it and look forward to the sequel Where she went. I will read it again some time later. Its that good. Hope everyone enjoys this book and author. I plan to read more of her books.
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brown_monkey_502
Jul 05, 2017

Mia Hall, a seventeen year old cellist wakes up seeing her body on the ground. Sirens are heard, ambulances roll through the streets, bodies are found. Mia and her family go on a road trip when a sudden turn of events happen. On the icy roads, the car swivels while trying to avoid a car accident; then it flips. Mia wakes up seeing her very body before her; her brother and she are taken to the hospital. On that unfortunate day, her parents die. Mia gets stuck between the living and the dead. Her boyfriend, Adam, is a musician who tours around the city. After hearing this news, Adam rushes to the hospital with Mia's best friend. He begs her to live and sings her a song that was made for her. Will Mia decide to live and be with Adam, or will she decide to die and be with her family?

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donutwombat
Jun 23, 2017

Mia Hall, a seventeen year old cellist, thinks she has a normal life. She has a boyfriend, a cute little brother named Teddy, got accepted into Juilliard School. That is, until one February snowy morning, she and her family goes for a car ride, and instantaneously loses her beloved family. She has to make decisions on whether to stay alive, or join her parents and brother. A great book, may drag a bit in the middle, but overall gripping and compelling.

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Isha5408
Jun 10, 2017

OMG really really good book. I cried so much though.

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martha_w
Jun 06, 2017

I’d put off reading this book for a looooong time, because it seemed capital-S sad, but, oddly, this was less upsetting than I was actually expecting. When you begin a book knowing that something awful is about to happen to the characters, it makes it, to my mind, less sad than when it hits you unexpectedly three-quarters of the way through the book. That’s not to say that I wasn’t affected by this, because I was – I think Gayle Forman is just a lovely, lovely writer (I looooove Just One Day & Just One Year), and she did a better job at making Mia’s family feel real to me, and at making me feel like the parents had real lives of their own that were interesting entirely apart from their children, than possibly any YA book I’ve ever read. This was, of course, necessary if she wanted to make the loss of said parents have the appropriate amount of emotional impact (which it did), but I was just impressed at how such a short book could convey such a complex web of relationships in a way that felt complete. I’m looking forward to seeing how this story continues in the sequel (and also looking forward to the POV shift that said book apparently contains).

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 09, 2017

Started out really well but then midway started to drag . Kept reading only to find out what Mia did. Could have just went to the last page and found that out ! Found this to be not one of the Author's better books , she has written better .

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keelyhudsy
Feb 06, 2017

This was a fairly enjoyable book for the most part. It had me captivated at the beginning, but I started to lose interest very fast. Overall I mainly liked the book, but I do not recommend it to people who have known friends/family to have been in a car wreck. I don't believe that the author addressed the topic as well as it should have. It's not something that only happens in books it really is a reality. I give this book a 3 star review.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 17, 2017

The book that I will be reviewing is called If I Stay written by Gayle Forman. This story is about a 17 year old girl named Mia Hall, a gifted cellist who had everything she could possibly want. A loving family, a boyfriend that loves her, amazing friends and a wonderful career ahead of her dedicated to music. What could possibly go wrong? But one day Mia's life takes and unexpected turn when Mia and her family have a terrible accident that leaves Mia the only survivor. When she finds herself in a coma, Mia is now able to watch the actions of the friends and family members that surround her at the hospital. Now, Mia is caught between two worlds; The world of living or the world of the missed and forgotten. Soon Mia is forced to make a life changing decision. One where she can wake up and live with her grandparents and loving boyfriend or to let go of everything and avoid the pain and sadness with living without her mom, dad and little brother. The choice is up to Mia. This story tells people how you control the way you want to live your life and that one decision can make a huge impact on your future ahead of you. I would give this book a 4.5/5 star rating.
- @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

After a horrible car crash, seventeen-year-old Mia is stuck in a coma and is hovering around the hospital she’s staying in. Although her physical body is in critical condition and is unconscious, Mia is still very conscious in her spirit form. Mia eventually finds out that during the icy accident no one from her family survived. She now has the choice to either give up or to try to live once again. And that choice is made even harder when Mia’s boyfriend comes in to tell her why she should stay. This was a very emotional novel that would impact readers on a personal level. It explored an interesting concept of being trapped in between life and death. Although at first many of us would choose to live, we get to explore Mia’s past and current circumstances to see it from another perspective. Although I did come for the romance, I was pleasantly surprised with something much more that I absolutely loved reading. Rating:5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I heard about this book because of the movie, and all my "fake fan" classmates that "devoted themselves" to this series. I didn't quite catch the whole phenomenon about the movie, but this book was pretty good. The relationship between Adam and Mia was somewhat realistic, but also tacky at parts. I guess it is supposed to be romantic, and cute, but it just didn't come to life for me that well. If one reads this book, and is thinking about the second: Don't. The whole plot just goes astray and changes everything later, and it is really pointless. One may as well end it off with the ending here. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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horsegirlkel
Jan 04, 2017

If I Stay had an interesting concept. Though the idea was good, it wasn't used to its full potential. Most of the material I found quite bland and uncaptivating. I was so disappointed since I had heard and read many wonderful things about the story. I found the characters difficult to relate to, and not quite realistic enough for the story line.

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marypatricee16
Aug 06, 2016

And their was nothing
Nothing
But the choice
of Living
and
Leaving

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Superduperstar99
Jul 15, 2016

“It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing.”

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jonnyg2003
Apr 24, 2016

"Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you"

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 20, 2015

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

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 20, 2015

"Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you."

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im_that_girl
Jun 02, 2014

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

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Draw
Aug 05, 2013

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

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Draw
Aug 05, 2013

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

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Draw
Aug 05, 2013

“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.”

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Draw
Aug 05, 2013

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

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bandybri66
Jun 21, 2016

In this book the main character Mia gets in a car accident causing her to go into a comma where she needs to decide whether she should stay or leave

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UnwrittenMadness
Jul 20, 2015

Mia has so much in life: a loving family, friends, a boyfriend, musical talent for the cello that will take her to Julliard...but so much of it is taken away in an instant. Mia and her family get into a car accident that kills everyone in her family and leaves her in a coma. But a part of her is still awake, still has to chose whether she wants to wake up, whether she wants to stay, whether this world is a place she still wants to live in.

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HappyChristian23
Jun 24, 2015

This book is all about Mia. Getting into a terrible car crash losing all hope and her close family. she's trying to choose if she should stay since she believes she has absolutely, positively nothing to live for. While in a coma can friends and family try to convince her to stay or will she go and continue living with her parents up there. I cannot say anything more. If you must find out I personally would suggest that you read it your self

MaryBar74 Oct 20, 2013

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.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

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.

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Draw
Aug 05, 2013

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.

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Vaib
Jul 19, 2012

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?

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Farah Yassine
Aug 22, 2010

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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keelyhudsy
Feb 06, 2017

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Jul 23, 2015

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MadSasha
Jun 16, 2011

Sexual Content: touching and kissing

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