Teens’ Top Ten 2010: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2010.

Seventeen-year-old Mia’s life is perfect.  She has a musical talent that can take her anywhere, the best boyfriend anyone could wish for, and a loving family who understands her and wants her to be happy.  When she is accepted by a prestigious music school in New York, she is forced to make the toughest decision of her life; should she follow her dream of becoming a famous musician, or stay with her boyfriend and her family?

But, on a snowy day, both of those choices are suddenly rendered unimportant.  In a terrible car accident, Mia’s entire family is killed and she is left in a coma, forced to make the ultimate decision – should she live, and suffer the anguish of what she has lost, or should she die?

If I Stay by Gayle Forman was a touching, complex story about love, loss, and the things worth living for.  It had well-crafted, lovable characters and a thoughtfully constructed premise that explored the very real issues of death and suffering.  I enjoyed this book immensely, because it made me think about what was important to me and at the same time caught me up in a fast-paced, poignantly sweet story that left me alternately laughing and in tears.

To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten, click here .  To request this book from Wake County Public Libraries, click here .  Voting begins August 23, 2010 and ends September 17, 2010.  To vote during these dates, click here.

Reviewed by Sarah Wellish, a teen member of the Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club.

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