“In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…
A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.“
If I Stay is a contemporary story that straddles the line between YA and literature. It’s a tearjerker, first and foremost, that occasionally dips into the maudlin. But it’s also the (non-linear) story of a life, or really just two or three years of a life. It’s a romance, at its soul, that focuses on the power of love as opposed to the journey of finding it.
I’m keeping this review simple because the book itself was pretty simple. Mia’s decision is one I think most of us have considered, and her reasons for staying or going are both compelling and earnest. It’s an emotional and relatively static read, but if you like contemporary stories based entirely in memory, you’ll probably enjoy it.