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If I Stay by Gayle Foreman *****

If I Stay is a fiction book based on a car accident that has killed Mia’s family and has put Mia in a deep coma. Such as a ghost, out of her body, she can now see everything that is happening to and around her. But she can’t stay in that state indefinitely, she has to make a choice: survive for the love of music and her boyfriend or die to meet her family in heaven.

“If I stay” is my favorite book ever – I have read it both in French and in English and I have seen the movie. The author, Gayle Forman describes Mia’s feelings with the right words which makes the reader feel sad when Mia is sad, scared when she is scared and happy when she is happy. When I read this book for the first, I felt such strong emotions about everything Mia had to go through, I got the feeling I was part of the story, of her story. I think this is a great quality the author actually has: she is capable of making the reader feel the story is real and she or he is living it.

Therefore, this book makes the reader think deeply about the worth of our choices, our life and our family. This is all about either survive to live alongside our true love or die to live a happy end alongside our family.

Then, this is not a big book – there is only 196 pages – which makes it even easier to finish it. However, it is not a matter because once we are bewitched by the story, it is hard to decide to close the book to do something else!

Finally, there is nothing I disliked or confused me in “If I stay”. Gale Formane’s writing as well as the story are both really good and worth to be discovered.

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.