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If I Sray by Gayle Forman

If I Stay - Gayle Forman

A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
In the blink of an eye everything changes. SeventeenA-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.



I cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story. I liked the way it switched back and forth, it made the pace faster for me, even though Forman moves from repeatedly past to present the story remains fluid and engaging. The depth of the emotions that Mia must navigate through is beautifully written. I really enjoyed the emotional journey through this book and would read others by Gayle Forman. From this book I was taught to not take everything for granted and not be be unhappy when we don't always get everything we want.
Interesting how one can "see" family and friends while fighting to stay alive, trying to decide if it would be worth it when you have lost the people who meant the most to you. Amazing how resilient the body is. When it's not time to let go, then somehow the body says "wait". It's said that the hearing is the last of the senses to go, so a message to the family is: "Tell your loved one how much you love them and give the permission they need to "go" or "stay".