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If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2009, 208 pages
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    Apr 2010, 208 pages

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Reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, a poignant young adult novel about the power of family and friends, and making choices in the wake of tragedy

It comes as no surprise that the author of this novel is an award-winning journalist. Gayle Forman's writing is at once concise and emotionally poignant, reading much like a well-researched feature piece for a magazine. The opening of the novel sweeps us off our feet, with a devastating catastrophe of unimaginably tragic proportions. Mia is left in a coma, stranded in time and space, her parents and brother wrenched away from her. But we aren't left isolated in one place. She takes us on a journey through her thoughts and past as she reflects on whether to stay rooted or set herself free.

Reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, this book grapples with the fraught subject of the death of youth. Mia must decide, in her in-between state, whether to live or die. The storyline is heart-wrenching, but restrained enough to really make us contemplate, along with Mia, what the proper course of ...

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