If I Stay By Gale Forman

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gale Forman

Publisher: Black Swan

Publication Date: January 1st 2009


Life can change in an instant.

A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.

As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all. (From Goodreads, 17th February 2013)


If I Stay is a book that caught my eyes a few years ago but I never got around to getting it. Now I have it I am glad I did and glad I picked it up to read so soon after buying it!

Mia’s life is about to change dramatically. When a snow day is called – despite the very little snow – her parents and younger brother decide to go and visit some friends. But Mia is suddenly standing at the side of the road. Music still playing but interrupted by distant sirens.

Mia has now got a decision to make. Her body is being taken care of by doctors and nurses. Her family and friends crowed the waiting rooms. But Mia has lost so much. Should she live or die? Only she can decide.

This is a fantastic novel that shows the difficulty in making such a decision. It deals with an issue for young adults in a delicate and realistic way. Understanding and different to many other books out there. Dealing with death in a sophisticated way.

A book that will make you cry, laugh and anxiously wait to find out what Mia chooses.

4 out of 5