Literary Friday ~ If I Stay

 photo ArtatHomeButton_zps18898da7.jpgSynopsis according to GoodReads:

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. 

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4 thoughts on “Literary Friday ~ If I Stay

  1. This sounds like a good book! I like literary choices for teens these days. So many of the newer YA books have been NC-17, depressing, with rape, just not very uplifting, especially for a younger or immature teen.

    Gayle Forman sounds familiar….I’m going to look her up.

    Thanks for linking-up!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

    • You bet! Thanks for hosting! This one IS a downer, only in that “choosing life” sort of way…but not traumatic like you’re talking. I agree, a lot of YA is shifting into NA territory and way from Middle Grade. Ideally, we should have equal hauls of all three.

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