If I Stay

Gayle Forman

Summary of book

Should she stay for Adam? Or, should she leave and be with her family? The main character Mia Hall, is a very gifted cellist, quite, and usually in the background. She has everything she could ever want, a loving, fun family who is the total opposite of her, an adoring boyfriend who gets her for who she is, an amazing best friend thats accepted her differences, and an amazing career ahead of her in music. All of that changes suddenly. Mia and her family have a terrible car accident and Mia is rushed to the ICU. Mia is caught between life and death, and watches as family and friends come to visit her at the hospital she is in. She even saw herself get operated on. Soon Mia realizes that she must make the most critical decision of her life - should I stay? or should I go?

Quote from the book

“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.” This is a conflict because she is choosing a action that is life changing, and will effect her and others.


"Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living."

Publishers Weekly, starred review