If I Stay by Gayle Forman

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

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If I Stay is a novel that portrays the inevitability of events that take place in our lives and the dilemma of choosing between life and death. The story revolves around seventeen year-old Mia Hall who has an out-of-body experience, whilst in a coma following a tragic car accident that costs the lives of her parents and little brother.

For young Mia, the choice is not so clear-cut. She is torn between choosing to soldier through the recovery process and continue life with her grandparents and love of her life, Adam or join her parents and brother who have already crossed over. The haunting theme of the importance of choice as well as life and death are explored thematically in the novel. Despite the despondent themes, Forman also brings out the beautiful stories that orbit around the lives of Mia and her friends and family through a paralleled narrative style.

If I Stay is primarily a young-adult fiction novel that is certainly laced with a gripping storyline that talks about the power of love, the importance of family and most of all, the inevitability of making choices.

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