If I stay by Gayle Foreman

This striking cover is what first captured my attention. I must admit that I did have this book sitting on my “to be read’ table for awhile, but when I did crack open the cover,  well everything else fell to the wayside! 

After the opening chapter, the majority of the story takes place over a span of twenty four hours, when the life of Mia, a 17 year old aspiring young cellist is irrevocably changed in a heartbeat when their family vehicle is involved in an accident leaving her the sole survivor. Reviewing her life up until that moment, Mia is faced with making an agonizing and heartbreaking choice!  

 If I stay is the story of poignancy, love tragedy, sadness and hope.  Be prepared to have a tissue or two in hand when reading this brilliant powerful little book! 

 Highly recommended!!!!
Grade Level:  (mature grade 7) ,8 ,9 (Intermediate Fiction)
Genre: Fantasy/ Realistic Fiction
April 9th 2009 by Dutton Juvenile; 199 pages ;                                                     isbn 0525421033    (isbn13: 9780525421030)
 
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Author/Book Trailer : http://www.gayleforman.com/books/if-i-stay/videos/

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