If I Stay
Originally published: New York : Dutton Books, c2009
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After an accident takes the lives of her family, Mia is stuck between the real world and afterlife and must decide if she will let go and be with her family or stay and be on her own.
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I read this book because its going to be a movie. To my surprise it was a drag out process for me. I'm not sure if its because I'm an adult reading a teen book but she just took way.... To long to figure out her outcome. Sometimes I just wanted to scream at the book lol.
Mia is on a routine drive with her family when the unthinkable happens, and her entire family is killed in an accident. Trapped outside of her physical body, Mia reflects on her life, and tries to choose whether to die or live.
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.
A lighthearted drive to visit family ends in a tragic car crash, killing her parents and Mia's younger brother. She finds her self in an out of body expirience while her physical self is in a coma. Soon, it becomes apparent that it's up to her to choose between life or death. The long hours that follow her decision are spent making the choice of her life... Will she choose to go on in a life in pain without a family, but follow her dreams and be with the best boyfriend in the world? Or will her final decision be to let go and join the rest of her family?
What if you had everything?
A gorgeous boyfriend who was madly in love with you?
Quirky hip parents who got you?
A musical talent that could take you anywhere?
What if your biggest problem in life was choosing which paths to take ?
Follow your first love-music- to New York City?
Or stay with your boyfriend , friends , and family?
What if one day you went for a drive . . .
And in an instant everything changed?
What if suddenly all the other choices were gone?
Except for one - the one that truly ever mattered ?
What would you do?
Stay . . .
If I Stay . . . .
If Mia Stays . . .
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“I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”
“I'm not choosing, but I'm running out of fight.”
“Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”
“I'm not sure this is a world I belong in anymore. I'm not sure that I want to wake up.”
“If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay.”
“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”
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