Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

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if i stay formanMia Hall has a pretty good life. She’s just aced her Julliard audition, her boyfriend is essentially a rock star, and her family is so cool it hurts. Senior year is almost over and the only thing Mia is worried about is whether or not her relationship could withstand a long distance move. That is until, while out with her family for a drive, their car suddenly spins out of control and the subsequent crash instantly kills her mother and father. Mia finds herself far away from the vehicle staring down at the wreckage that is her family. She’s horrified and wondering how it’s possible she could be standing, walking at all while her father’s brains are smeared across the road.  While looking for her little brother she comes across her own body. It’s twisted at weird angles and there’s blood everywhere. How is this even possible? Is she dead? While the nurses and doctors try their hardest to keep her alive and her friends and family weep over her comatose body, Mia relives the years leading up to these moments. Does she want to keep living when her life has been so utterly devastated? Mia now must face the ultimate choice: should she stay?

If I Stay was an interesting take on the out-of-body experience trope: not religious in nature but not quite supernatural either. This book is a perfect quick read for teens and adults and if you liked it there is a sequel!

Check the PPLC Catalog for If I Stay.



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