“If I Stay” deemed emotionally captivating

Alyssa Magrone, Copy Editor/A&E Editor

Contrary to popular belief, “If I Stay” is not a cliché. It may not have vampires, werewolves and romance; however, it is a captivating novel that will grab your heart.

“If I Stay” by Gayle Forman is a book that most teenagers could find themselves relating to. The characters and writing are easy to fall in love with.

Fans of “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher and “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver will be intrigued by this heart wrenching novel.

17-year-old Mia Hall seems to have an ideal life; a boyfriend, a loyal best friend, a talented cellist and gets along great with her family. But everything changes in a fraction of a second.

On an ordinary winter day when Mia and her family are driving to a friend’s house then they crash. Mia cannot remember how the accident happened, but puts together pieces of what is happening in the present.

Throughout the novel, Hall, is not in her physical body. She is seeing everything happening around her including, seeing herself hauled being away in an ambulance.

The book switches between what is happening currently and Mia’s out of body experiences. Forman also lets readers revisit old memories of her past life.

Hall discovers that she is the one with the power to determine if she lives or dies.

Gayle Forman uses family, free will, music and young love to develop this bittersweet novel. Teenagers and some adults will find themselves relating to the novel and feeling a connection with the characters. This is an “A” book.