If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The blurb: The last thing Mia remembers is the music.
After the accident, she can still hear it. And she can see her damaged body being taken from the wreck of her parents’ car – even though she can’t feel a thing.
All she can do is watch as doctors rush to save her life, as her friends and relatives gather outside her room, as the boy she loves struggles to be near her.
As the next twenty-four hours unfold, Mia must come to terms with what came before the crash – and what could come after. And she knows she must make the most difficult choice of all.
My review: This is not a good book to read on the tube. Or in public, anywhere! It’s a beautifully written story about a teenager called Mia and her relationships with the people in her life, her family and boyfriend, and how they form the basis of her most important decision. (This is also a really hard book to review without giving anything away!)
The beginning is pretty shocking, gruesome in places but in a very real way. Its not gratuitous – it needs to have the shock factor to offset the books poignancy. People and the way we relate are the key themes in this book and I liked the way through music, Mia expresses her individuality. (I also liked that it was quite slim – there are too many fat books these days! Although I do like a fat book if its good!)
I’m not going to lie, I cried a lot throughout this book and not just at the obvious bits! Gayle Forman knows how to tug at your heart strings! Definitely one I’d recommend.
8 out of 10 stars! ********