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If I Stay

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

Pub: 2006

3 of 5 stars

When a car accident causes Mia to lose her entire family and puts her in a coma, her consciousness, looking on upon the scene, must decide whether to stay or go with them.

This morning I went for a drive with my family.  And now I am here, as alone as I’ve ever been.  I am seventeen years old.  This is not how it’s supposed to be.  This is not how my life is supposed to turn out.

This book has been on my to-read list for a long time.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and finally I got the ebook copy from the library, ready to delve into it.

Parts of this book were incredibly well-written.  I liked the characters’ relationships with one another; they felt like a real (albeit somewhat strange) family who really cared about and understood one another.  There were definitely some heartstring-tug moments, especially in regards to her little brother Teddy, who was probably my favorite character of all.  I could appreciate her conflict, being the one who had to choose between living in a world without her family or letting go and moving on.

However… for a book that deals with such profound issues, it seemed kind of… light.  So much was dealt with in flashback format that looked back on what a wonderful (yet in some ways ridiculously ordinary) life she had that it seemed to detract from the serious situation at hand.  Her boyfriend tries to break into the ICU, a stunt which is supposed to be romantic but just ends up feeling awkward and immature.  The resolution seemed random, and came out of nowhere — I couldn’t connect her final choice with any compelling reason, it just seemed to sort of happen.

Heads up, there’s also sex, drugs (well, teenage drinking), and rock n roll in this novel, all which Mia’s parents seem a-okay with.

Other near-death experiences:
Everlost (Skinjacker, #1) Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #2) The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1) Yesterday's Sun Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1)

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