If I Stay by Gayle Forman
(Dutton Juvenile, 2009, 201 pages)
Mia knows that soon she can’t put off the decision of where her life will go much longer. She’s seventeen-years-old and just auditioned for Julliard. But if she was accepted she would be moving across the country and leaving her boyfriend, Adam, who is in a band rising in popularity. But before she makes that choice, she is faced with an even bigger one. Her family is involved in a car accident and Mia is stuck until she decides if she wants to stay or go. If she goes, she will be reunited with her family who didn’t survive the accident. If she stays, she will have to face her life without them.
This was a fairly quick read that didn’t take long to get to the premise of the story. The story was told varying between Mia in the in-between state trying to decide if she should stay and Mia’s life before the accident. The flashbacks were a great addition because it allows the reader to see what Mia will be missing in her life if she stays because her family is gone. I didn’t find the ending too surprising but I enjoyed reading how Mia came to her decision.