If I Stay
By Gayle Forman
The setting advances the plot of the story because Mia is able to travel around the hospital as her regular self and experience what is going on around her, but she is really unconscious back in her hospital room. For example, "They rush me out of the ER and into the elevator. I have to jog to keep up." This shows how Mia is looking at herself from a distance, not believing what is actually going on in her life. Another example, "I let out a huge exhale, as though I've been holding my breath for the last twenty minutes. After seeing myself in that ditch, I had not been able to look for Teddy." This shows again how Mia is looking at herself from a distance, and how she can experience what's going on around her, even though she's unconscious.