If I Stay by Gayle Forman
A talented cellist, seventeen-year-old Mia has a charmed life. The biggest decision looming over her is whether to go to New York – and Julliard – or to stay in Oregon with her family, friends and boyfriend.
Then the unthinkable happens. After school is cancelled due to a dusting of snow, Mia, her parents and her eight year old brother decide to spend the day visiting some friends and family.
They don’t make it there.
Mia wakes up from the accident seeing her parents’ dead bodies on the road. She goes to pull her brother from the ditch where he is laying…and realizes that it isn’t Teddy. It’s her.
As her body is in a coma, Mia’s spirit travels the hospital where she has been life flighted and observes the actions of her friends and family, all the while contemplating the most important decision ever – stay or go.
Wow. My exact audible exclamation upon finishing this teen novel was actually, “Holy shit!”
This is one of the best written books I have read this year. It’s a story of love – love of friends; love of family; love of music; first true romantic love. It’s a story of life, as Mia thinks about her life and the lives of those around her.
I cried no less than 3 times while reading the 196 pages.
Wow. Simply wow.