If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reviewed by L. Schwenn, August 2019


If I Stay is the heart wrenching story of a 17 year old girl named Mia Hall, and the events that lead up to the decision that will change her life forever. 
Like most teenage girls, Mia thought her biggest decision would be to choose between her music career, and her boyfriend.  But after a devastating car accident, Mia finds herself to be the only survivor of her family. Trapped in a coma that brings about an “out of body experience”, Mia’s life hangs in the balance of life and death.  Soon she will have to make a decision that will decide her future. Will she stay, or will she go? Read If I Stay to find out. 


This book is definitely geared towards teenage girls.  Told from the first person point of view, Mia will leave you laughing, crying, smiling, and wishing for more.  There are swear words, sexual references, and gory details relating to the car accident, so I would not recommend this book to anyone that is under 13 years old.  All in all, If I Stay fast and easy read, jam packed with a gripping story that will leave you on the edge of your seat.