September 23, 2013

What I'm Reading: If I Stay

I saw this list on Pinterest a while back of books that are currently being made into movies, and I decided to start tackling the list. I don't know about you, but I have a personal goal to always read books before seeing movies because they're always SO much better!

The book I'm currently reading is called If I Stay by Gayle Foreman. The story centers around Mia, a 17 year-old girl with an adoring boyfriend, loving family and bright future ahead of her attending Juilliard. All of this changes, though, when Mia and her family are in a major car wreck that takes the lives of her parents and leaves her body shattered and mind stuck in a coma.

What Mia learns is that she, and only she, has complete control over whether she will live or die. But she must consider the consequences of either decision. Can she live without her parents? What kind of life will she have after the physical trauma of the accident? Will she ever be able to play music again? Could she leave her brother behind and join her parents in the afterlife? How will her boyfriend respond?

To be completely honest, I haven't been that impressed with the writing of this book, but I am determined to see it through because I am interested in Mia's decision process. As a protagonist, I think Mia faces a captivating challenge that any reader would be interested in following. I think it brings to light a lot of the insecurities teens feel about the relationships in their lives, even within their own families, and I think it's pretty motivating to want to know what Mia decides.

Here's a quick trailer to tease you just a bit:

1 comment:

  1. Oh! You've got to follow through. Seriously. This book was just decent kinda good for me. The reason you have to follow through is BECAUSE THE SEQUEL IS SOOOOOOO DELICIOUSLY GOOOOOOD!!

    It's told from her boyfriend's perspective and it's called Where She Went. O-M-G. It's total book candy. I loved it.

    :) Erin