If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, Ages 12 and up
Mia’s life is fantastic, even enviable. She has a budding musical career, supportive parents, an adoring younger brother, and a boyfriend who loves her. Life couldn’t possibly get any better. Then, suddenly, everything changes. When her world is shattered, Mia must make the most important decision of her life. As she reflects on her past and the possibility of her future, Mia is torn as she attempts to choose between those she loves best.
The gentle, unassuming writing style of If I Stay lends itself beautifully to the telling of this haunting and hopeful story. As author Gayle Forman weaves together past and present narratives, she creates a lovely, memorable tale that will thoroughly engage teen readers.
If I Stay, Gayle Forman, $16.99, pub. April 2009, Dutton Books