If I Stay

If I Stay

Paperback - 2010
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The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went , Just One Day , and Just One Year .

Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Chloe Moretz!

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2010.
ISBN: 9780142415436
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 261, [39]-57, 15 pages ; 21 cm


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If I Stay

I recommend reading the book, If I Stay. If I Stay is about a girl named Mia who dies in a crash with her family and has to make a choice. Whether she lives with her family and go to the school of her choice or go to heaven with her brother and be at peace. If I Stay is a heart breaking, sad story about true love and family. If you love stories about family and true love, this is the book to … (more)

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Jan 15, 2021

Rising cellist Mia was on her way to success, but a fatal car accident made her lose it all. Mia has no memories of the crash or the events before; yet, she can remember the moments after the crash. She can remember the strange out of body experience where she stared at her dead mother, father, and brother. In the days and weeks following her accident, Mia must choose to stay, holding tight to her boyfriend, or let go and join her now-dead family.

If I Stay is a solid romance novel, successful to the point where it turned into a movie. There were some stunning descriptions, especially about the crash, and a decent amount of character development. If I Stay is slightly cliche and hard to remember; but, it’s a good, fast read.

Dec 16, 2020

Rating 5/5 In this emotional novel by Gayle Forman Mia gets in a horrible accident, but she can’t remember the accident itself. All she remembers is what happens after, as she watches her own damaged body, she slowly begins putting the pieces of the accident together. It’s impossible to pick a favorite part of this book, as everything is so complex. It will have you in tears of both sadness and joy. It will show the reader how important it is to fight for your life. I would definitely recommend this book for a teenage reader who enjoys emotional and romantic novels @ve_teenreview of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

CMLibrary_KimUC Nov 25, 2020

For Mia, some choices have been easy, like playing the cello. But others, like applying to Julliard miles away, have been more difficult. But one morning, her life changes completely and she must make the most difficult choice ever and completely on her own. Have kleenex ready for this satisfying read.

Oct 26, 2020

I really enjoyed this book and have liked all of Gayle Forman's books. I hope she writes another one soon.

Sep 19, 2020

I recently read the book: If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. This book was different and exciting. It’s an amazingly written book about love, family and the different chives we all make in life. Mia has had lots of choices to make throughout her life but when something tragic happens she’s left with one choice to make. This book was beautifully written, from the aspect of Mia. There were lots of moments in the book where you're left thinking ‘if I was in the same situation as Mia, what would I do?’ There were lots of heartbreaking moments throughout the book and the author wrote those parts amazingly. I truly felt the emotions Mia and her family were going through. I admit I was sad when the author didn’t tell us Mia’s decision in this book but the story continues in ‘Where She Went.’ I’d recommended this book to everyone because it truly is life-changing. I rate this book a 5/5. @peppapig of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 02, 2020

Like many books, the beginning was intriguing, but it soon lost force (or at least my interest) as it progressed. It does drag a bit, so the initial intrigue faded. It wasn’t a bad book. It does have some pretty neat life lessons on our inner connection with others.

Aug 26, 2020

The book revolves around Mia Hall, a seventeen-year-old girl who dreams of getting into Juilliard. One day her normal life is turned upside down when she and her family are involved in a car crash, she has an out of body experience, quite literally. She sees the crash site and watches her family fight life and death. Eventually, she is also left to answer the same question, “should I stay or not?” hence the title, If I stay. The story left me questioning the existence of us as humans, it also made me realize that we impact people in more ways than we think, even the smallest interactions leave a big impact. The plot kept me hooked until the very end, some part of me kept hoping for it to be a dream of some sort. Overall the book was a refreshing change, it had elements of sadness, love, the importance of family, and a different perspective on life and death.

Jul 24, 2020

If I Stay describes the challenges that Mia Hall, a seventeen-year-old, must go through after her entire family, including her, gets into a car crash. Some survive and some don’t, but regardless, Mia sees everything outside of her body, where she is trapped and cannot communicate with the world. With some of her family gone, she contemplates whether or not she should stay in the world, hence the title. If Mia stays, it’ll be a world without people that she loves and if she doesn’t, everyone that loves her will have to mourn her loss.
In a book replete with drama, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book which leads me onto my favorite thing about If I Stay which is how different it is from many books today. Another thing that I enjoyed was how beautifully written the book was because you could see many different people’s perspectives. This was such an amazing book and it is definitely worthy of reading it in one sitting. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone of any edge because it is such a heart-felt story.
- Age Rating: 13+

Feb 24, 2019

I enjoyed it. Something new.

Dec 22, 2018

This book absolutely broke my heart as a I read it. A drive with her family ends with Mia in a coma. The book shows her aware of everything that's going on around her, including deaths of family members that were in the car with her. Flashbacks of memories show happier times, as she has to decide if she wants to stay alive and follow her musical dreams, or join family members who passed away in the crash.

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Aug 06, 2016

And their was nothing
But the choice
of Living

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.”

Apr 24, 2016

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

Jul 20, 2015

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

Jul 20, 2015

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

Jun 02, 2014

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

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”

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.”

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.”

Aug 05, 2013

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

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Mar 07, 2019

Finished reading this book a few days ago. The book had more details being told than the movie. It's about a girl who loves playing the cello, got into an accident with her family, which doesn't tell how they crashed. She ends up in a hospital and in coma. I am not going to spoil a lot. I feel like this is giving us a reason to stay focus and check your surroundings because you may not ever know what's coming. This book is also filled with love, shocking, sad, and heartbreaking action, that will make you want to read. This can relate to us, when we lose someone or people that we love and how we are going to live on with them.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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Feb 06, 2017

Coarse Language: Pretty much all of them.

Jul 23, 2015

Coarse Language: f-word, s-word, etc

Jun 16, 2011

Sexual Content: touching and kissing

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