If I Stay


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Quick Summary:

“If I stay” is a well written, short young adult novel that follows a young women, Mia Hall, right after a life altering car accident. This book is a short ya novel that is told in the voice of the main character. It discusses the difficulties of making very hard decisions, and living with the consequences. It is not just a sad story however it is interlaced with a touching young love, and the demonstration of family love. It’s  a good book and an easy reader for someone looking for a quick book to read.


I’m finding it very hard to review this book, I feel like it really isn’t over. This book follows a girl, Mia Hall, directly after a life altering car accident. This is the first book in a pair, however I do not feel like it can stand alone. This book focuses on her in the hospital with all of her family and friends coming to check up on her.

The title “If I stay” is foreshadowing her choice between fighting for her life or to just letting go. Sadly after this first book I can’t really say that the story has ended and really gives you the answer you would want. I would recommend just reading the two books together. (Which I have yet to do.)

Through out the book you get to find out about Mia’s friends through her eyes, and her opinions of them. It is told in Mia’s voice so there are plenty of things that are left untouched and incomplete. This actually didn’t bother me since it is only one person’s point of view. The character’s are completely fleshed out and relatable, which I was surprised at since 90% of this novel is based in a hospital.

I would say over all it is a good book, but not complete and the second book should be read right after reading the first book because the first book does not feel complete.


Quick thought on the movie:

I decided to watch the movie and I must say that it follows the book very well. It is very emotional and tear wrenching. Similar to the book I feel like the movie doesn’t end the entire story, but then again it is following the book and i had the same feeling.

I feel like the casting was spot on, I didn’t feel like any of the actors were forced into the characters. The got the right feeling in the scenes, and the cut scenes to and from present and past were fluid. For the the source material that it was given, this film was very well made.