Have you seen the movie If I Stay, based on Gayle Forman’s book by the same title? The book and especially the movie require BOXES of tissues!
If I Stay is the story of Mia, a seventeen year old who is close to her family and is a very accomplished cellist. She has a boyfriend, Adam, who plays guitar in a rock band. On a snow day from school, her family decides to go for a ride to visit some friends. There is a catastrophic accident. Mia is outside her body, watching the dead bodies of her family. She must decide if she wants to “stay,” in other words, to live, or to “go”…to die. If she stays she will be without her whole family. Maybe she could see them in some sort of afterlife is she dies? Her body lies in the hospital in a coma as she wrestles with this dilemma.
The movie is being compared to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. The book is similar to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, author of Divergent. All great choices if you need a good cry!
If you have read If I Stay and seen the movie, did you know that Gayle Forman wrote a sequel to it that just might be adapted as a movie, too? Its title is Where She Went. I can’t tell you anything about the second book because if I did it would ruin the first book for you! I guess you’ll just have to read it.
All of these books are available at the Scarborough Public Library or through our awesome Minerva system.
Grab a book, a box of tissues, and enjoy the end of summer with a good cry!