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If I Stay by Gayle Forman
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Jun 20, 11

bookshelves: ya-fiction, family-stories, music, requires-tissues
Read in May, 2009

Seventeen-year-old Mia may be classical music to her family’s rock-n-roll, but she loves them: her punk mom, her bow-tie wearing dad, and her 8-year old brother, Teddy. On a snow-less snow day, the four of them pile into the car to go visit family friends. Ten minutes later, both Mia’s parents are dead, and she and Teddy are being loaded into different ambulances to different hospitals. Mia watches her unconscious form and realizes she has to make a choice: to come out of her coma, or to join her family. The manner in which this story is told is wonderful and powerful. Flashbacks fill in Mia’s story with her family and friends. I found the story to be thought-provoking, moving, engrossing, well-written, and it stays with you long after you put the book down.

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