This extraordinary novel by Gayle Forman provokes thoughts about life and death, family, relationships and love. Mia is a high school senior and excels at the cello. Her family is close and loving and music touches all of their lives. Mia’s boyfriend Adam is also a musician, in a punk rock band. On a day off school and work due to snow, the family decides to have a fun day together–a day which begins as an adventure and turns to tragedy after an auto accident. Mia must make a choice–to stay or leave her earthly life. Will her future experiences in life be worth the pain of living without the family she loves?
Alternating between the present and the past, Mia’s life story is told, offering insights into her thoughts, emotions and relationships.The characters in this story are well-drawn, with depth and sensitivity. This is a powerful, heartbreaking and beautifully told story, filled with lyrical prose much like Mia’s cello music. If I Stay is a novel that will stay in your heart for a long time and is a Young Adult novel that will appeal to young and old alike. If you enjoy this book, you might also enjoy The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.