If I Stay

May 10, 2013 by  
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by Amy Colegove, BCPL information specialist

All I can say is, “Wow!”  As a consistent reader of young adult fiction I can honestly say I have never read a book as powerful as “If I Stay,” by Gayle Forman.if i stay

It raises the question: Do we really have the option to decide if we live or die? How do we even begin to make that decision?  I’m not sure that I am capable of doing that now as an adult, much less back in my teenage years.  As you read this book, you follow along with Mia as she relives her life and ponders the question of what decision she should she make. Her family is in shambles and her body is broken.  What questions would you ask yourself?

At the beginning, Mia is a typical 17-year-old girl with a love for music – specifically the cello. She loves to play and practices often. But life turns upside down when she and her family are in a car accident. Mia stands outside her own body, watching the wreckage. She realizes her parents are dead as she watches the paramedics care for her and her brother, Teddy. It takes her a few minutes to realize that she isn’t dead – just in a coma.  That leaves her with one decision to make: should she stay and continue living or should she allow herself to pass on?

I love discovering books that take my breath away. I love to feel like I am part of the story, and can’t wait to see what happens next. This book grabbed me from page one and never let go. I became part of their family and experienced the same losses. I laughed with them, cried with them, and felt as if I mourned right along with them.  That, for me, represents all the elements of an amazing book.

Gayle Forman is the author of four young adult books and one non-fiction book.  She got her start writing articles for Seventeen Magazine. Later, she became a freelance journalist for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan.

Copies of “If I Stay” are available at Boyd County Public Library, along with a large selection of other young adult novels and authors. You can check it out and reserve a copy online – just click here. 


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