If I Stay is a poignant, heart-wrenching story as told through the eyes of a 17-year-old girl who survived a car crash that left her an orphan.
However, the twist is that she is in a deep coma with critical injuries. Somehow, her spirit/soul is outside her body and observing everything from the moment after the fatal collision.
She has to decide whether or not to stay here or give up and join her parents in death. Ms. Forman has captured the voice of her protagonist and we feel every second of Mia’s emotional pain and the weight of this decision.
We root for her to stay, but we are 100% on her side about why she has every right to go.
The book was a super-fast read at 237 pages. I started in Friday and finished it on the train ride into NYC Sunday.
Although the book was told in first person present tense, Ms. Forman used flashbacks to show the relationships Mia built with all the people in her life and why each had a hold on her heart and how they all complicated her choice.
What would you do if you had the choice?
I don’t know. I can’t imagine my world without my parents at 17. I also can’t imagine having a deep meaningful relationship with a guy at 17 (which Mia has with her Adam).
But I think I would stay because leaving is way more permanent. You can’t un-leave.
If you like YA paranormals that make you think and feel –this is a definite to-read for 2011.