If I Stay by Gayle Forman was the first book I read for my 2015 Summer Reading List. It’s a well-written book full of real emotions and from the very first chapter I instantly recognized why it’s touched the hearts of readers all over the world. This is a Tearjerker with a capital “T.”
The premise is that a young classical musician by the name of Mia loses her entire family to a deadly car crash that leaves Mia fighting for life and wondering if she should live or die. A big theme of If I Stay is how parents transform their lives for their children, and how children need the wisdom of their parents.
If I had read If I Stay at another time in my life I would have enjoyed working my way through a box of tissues. But right now I’m dealing with a loved one entering hospice care, so I approached Mia’s story with a good deal of emotional detachment. I felt like a clinician analyzing how a fictional family dealt with death. If I Stay served a useful purpose in adding to my numbness.
At some point I want to see the movie, which is by all accounts extremely well done, but I don’t think I’m ready for it at the moment. Here’s a look at the trailer: