IF I STAY
New York : Dutton Books, 2009
Mia and her family go for a drive on a snowy morning and there’s a freak accident. Everything changes in an instant. At the accident scene Mia hovers above and sees the bodies of her mother and father but she can't find her younger brother, Teddy. Then she watches as her own injured body is taken by ambulance. Mia is in a kind of limbo where she can see and hear, but can't feel anything. In the hospital ICU she remembers her family, her music and her boyfriend. Before the accident Mia’s biggest decision was whether she should follow her love of music, and attend Juilliard in New York City, or stay in Oregon to be close to her boyfriend. Now after the accident, Mia has a much more monumental choice to make. Should she stay here, on Earth, and live her life, or should she let herself die to be with the family she loves so deeply? Mia’s past life and present situation are interwoven to tell this poignant, unforgettable story. (Patty McClune) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
Seventeen-year-old Mia has
a lot going for her – her musician boyfriend Adam, a possible scholarship
to Juilliard, and her quirky but close knit family. Her biggest worry is
leaving friends and family behind after graduation to pursue her passion
for the cello. On an unexpected snow day in February, Mia’s family decides
to take a short day trip to visit relatives in a nearby town. Once in the
car, they have their usual battle over choice of radio stations, ultimately
deciding to take turns. Mom’s choice, NPR news, is first. After the news,
it’s Mia’s turn, and she chooses the classical station. As she hears Beethoven’s
Cello Sonata no.
Penguin Young Readers has crafted a compelling book trailer that would be dead easy to adapt into a booktalk.
"Mia's life was taking shape. She had a caring family, a loving family, and a bright future at Juilliard. But it all changed. The accident. The hospital. With her whole family dead, Mia walks the space between life and death. Her body may never be the same. So with everything gone, will Mia let go? Or will she stay?
(booktalk by Maddie Smitt, teen reviewer) (Washington Evergreen YA Book Award)
Mia isn't alive, but she's
not quite dead yet either. The last thing she remembers is her parents'
dead bodies and the paramedics. Now Mia is in a coma, and as the parade
of visitors and mourners flood past her unconscious body, Mia must decide
if life is worth returning to when the people she most loves are gone.
Coma -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Medical care -- Fiction.
Violoncellists -- Fiction.
Family life -- Oregon -- Fiction.
Oregon -- Fiction.