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One snowy day, Mia and her family went for a drive when the accident happened – and life would never be the same. Her parents were killed instantly, her younger brother went to one hospital while Mia was medivac-ed to a critical care unit in another hospital. While in a coma at the hospital, Mia is aware of what is going on around her – and she has a decision to make – should she let go and join her family or should she stay knowing she’ll be alone. As Mia contemplates her decision, she reminisces about happier times in her past and listens in as her extended family and friends talk to her and to the medical professionals who are taking care of her.


I really enjoyed the book. I found it intriguing how the author jumped around from the past to the present, changing points-of-view as different people react to the situation. This made me wonder how the movie could possibly portray her inner musings as well as the book did. [It did.]

If I Stay movie

I also enjoyed the relationship Mia, a classical cellist, had with her boyfriend, Adam Wilde, an emerging rock star. At first glance, they don’t seem to have much in common, but as the story progresses, you can see that underneath their facades, they are very similar.

So, read the book, then watch the movie. Which one did you prefer? You can find both the book and the movie at the library.

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  1. This book has been intriguing me for a long time. I have it on my “to read next” pile at home–and by “pile” I of course mean “endless stacks in every corner of every shelf, table and floor.”

    I’m a big fan of Chloe Moretz, so when I saw she’d been cast as the lead in the movie I became even more interested, but I still haven’t gotten around to it somehow. Glad to hear it met your expectations!

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