Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Foreman
Published: Speak (2010, reprint edition)
Mia wakes up on the side of the road, only to watch as the medics take her body to the emergency room. She observes her struggle from a distance while taking us back through her memories of her family, her prodigious journey as a cellist, and her relationship with her rock and roll boyfriend and weighs her options on what she’s gained and lost and whether or not she should stay.
Why I like it:
- There’s no love triangle
- Because love stories are overplayed
- The tensions are on real life decisions
- It deals with trauma and loss, like a lot of teens and adults face
- Mia plays cello which is cool
- Her family seems like a realistic, loving family
- Her relationship with her boyfriend is serious, yet represents any high school romance
- I like how they portray her as a normal, yet mature teen
- Car accidents are (unfortunately) common, so why not write a book about it so teens can read about loss in a safe space?
- Everyone loves music and Mia and her boyfriend show the differences in musical tastes and how they can come together
- Music, in fact brings her family together and gives them something to talk about
- And did I mention how close the family is?
- This is a book I read more than once, obviously
- She aspires to go to Juilliard, which is interesting
- The book’s writing is (easy) to read, as far as vocabulary and flow