If I Stay Summary
by Gayle Forman

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If I Stay Summary

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 hospital, and Mia is transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. After hearing the news about the tragic accident, Mia’s grandparents, her boyfriend, Adam, and her best friend, Kim, soon arrive at the hospital.

However, something interesting happens. Mia is actually able to see everything and anything that is happening around her; she is unable to feel pain and can’t touch anyone, which is why at first she thinks that...

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