Monday, June 29, 2009

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

You wouldn't expect the radio to work afterward. But it does.
The car is eviscerated. The impact of a four-ton pickup truck going sixty miles an hour plowing straight into the passenger side had the force of an atom bomb. It tore off the doors, sent the front-side passenger seat through the driver's-side window. It flipped the chassis, bouncing it across the road and ripped the engine apart as if it were no stronger than a spiderweb. It tossed wheels and hubcaps deep into the forest. It ignited bits of the gas tank, so that now tiny flames lap at the wet road. (13)

This is the first major occurrance in Gayle Forman's If I Stay. Seventeen-year-old Mia loses her father, mother, and younger brother in a tragic car accident. Her spirit observes her doctors, nurses, boy friend, and extended family encouraging her to live. But Mia isn't sure she wants to wake up from her coma, when no one is left, and she's forced to choose. Get ready for a good cry as she debates what makes life really worth living.


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