If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
Setting and theme both advance the plot of the story by showing how Mia considers whether to stay or go. For example, "Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way, I suppose that's true" (3). This shows that the setting played a role in the challenge Mia faces and the decision she makes. The theme of the story is love. For instance, "And suddenly I just need to hold his hand more than I've ever needed anything in this world" (234). This shows that Mia chose to stay and needed all the love her family, Kim, and Adam had given her.
I would recommend If I Stay because it shows that choices are not easy especially when it comes down to your loved ones. The author shows flashbacks on Mia's life that help her realize why she needs to stay or why she needs to go. The flashbacks are of memories from when she was a kid to now as a teenager. The memories make it hard for her to decide because she doesn't want to stay without her family but does not want to go and leave her boyfriend and best friend behind without her. Love helps Mia chose life or death.