In Gayle Forman’s second novel, If I Stay, Mia is the kind of teenager we all love and hate at the same time. The seventeen-year old musician is beautiful and talented. She has a loving, supportive family, and an adoring boyfriend. Mia’s future holds unimaginable promise, right up until the moment she and her family suffer a tragic car accident. As Mia loses her loved ones, she must decide if she will live or die, if she will follow her family into death, or embark on a new life by herself.
This book is beautifully written and moved me to tears. We do not often see YA books with examples of good, loving parents and relationships. I knew it was too good to be true. I could not put the book down as I turned page after page, trying to find out what Mia would decide.
After finishing the book, I continued to enjoy Forman’s writing on her blog, where she writes about parenting, writing, and a variety of other topics in YA lit. One of my favorite posts concerned sex in YA books: read it here. You can also reread a chat with Gayle Forman over at Eve’s Fan Garden.
Forman is currently on tour for the publication of the paperback of If I Stay.
Here is her touring schedule, which you can also read on her website:
If I Stay: The Musical Tour
4/5 Portland OR: Powell’s
4/6 Seattle: Third Place Books
4/7 Oakland, CA: A Great Good Place for Books
4/8 Tempe, AZ: Changing Hands
4/10 Houston: Teen Book Convention
4/11 Coral Gables, FL: Books & Books
4/12 Brooklyn, NY Bookcourt
4/22 Madison, CT: RJ Julia Booksellers
4/24-25 L.A. Times Festival of Books
4/26 Glendale, CA: Borders
I am planning to attend the LA Times Festival of Books, and hope to report back after that!
Tags: coma, death, family life, medical care, music
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