If I Stay is a 2009 young adult novel written by American author Gayle Forman. It received a lot of positive reviews and critical acclaim, and it even topped the New York Times best-seller list. Because of its tremendous commercial success, in 2014, the novel was adapted into a movie starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
The novel tells the story of a seventeen-year-old talented cellist named Mia Hall from Oregon, who gets badly injured in a horrible car accident which takes the lives of both her parents and her eight-year-old brother, Teddy. However, she has a mysterious out-of-body experience, during which she is able to witness everything that is happening around her.
The novel opens on a snowy day, and we learn that school is canceled, which means Mia, Teddy, and their father, Denny, who is a middle school English teacher, will be staying home. Thinking that the family should have some fun together, Kat (Mia’s mother) decides to take a day off from work so that all four of them could go for a ride and visit Mia’s grandparents and their family friends Willow and Henry and their baby daughter. However, the trip proves to be fatal, as a truck hits their car out of nowhere, killing Kat and Danny instantly and seriously injuring Mia and Teddy. The children are immediately rushed to the...
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