The Resource If I stay, Gayle Forman

If I stay, Gayle Forman

Label
If I stay
Title
If I stay
Statement of responsibility
Gayle Forman
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Language
eng
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Tone
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Award
  • Blue Hen Book Award (Delaware) for Teen Books, 2011.
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Grades 9-12, 2010.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2015.
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2010
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up— Forman creates a cast of captivating characters and pulls readers into a compelling story that will cause them to laugh, cry, and question the boundaries of family and love. While out on a drive with her family, 17-year-old Mia is suddenly separated from her body and forced to watch the aftermath of the accident that kills her parents and gravely injures her and her younger brother. Far from supernatural, this shift in perspective will be readily accepted by readers as Mia reminisces about significant events and people in her life while her body lies in a coma. Alternating between the past and the present, she reveals the details and complexities of her relationships with family and friends, including the unlikely romance with her punk-rock boyfriend, Adam. An accomplished musician herself, Mia is torn between pursuing her love for music at Julliard and a future with Adam in Oregon. However, she must first choose between fighting to survive and giving in to the resulting sadness and despair over all she has lost. Readers will find themselves engrossed in Mia's struggles and will race to the satisfying yet realistic conclusion. Teens will identify with Mia's honest discussion of her own insecurities and doubts. Both brutal and beautiful, this thought-provoking story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD --Lynn Rashid (Reviewed May 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 5, p106)
  • /* Starred Review */ The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents’ corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (“Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this”), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia’s thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity ) expertly explores the teenager’s life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia’s singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold’s adult novel, The Lovely Bones ) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: “Please don’t die. If you die, there’s going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school,” prays Mia’s friend Kim. “I know you’d hate that kind of thing.” Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living. Ages 14–up. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 2, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 9, p64)
  • /* Starred Review */ When snow cancels school, Mia and her family pile into their beat-up station wagon for a drive. Unlike most 17-year-olds, Mia is secretly enjoying hanging out with her quirky family until an oncoming driver shatters their lives, leaving the gravely injured Mia with the ultimate decision: Should she stay or go? As a spirit-like observer, Mia narrates the next 24 hours, describing how her medical team, friends, boyfriend and extended family care for her each in their own way. Woven into her real-time observations are powerful memories that organically introduce Mia's passion for classical music, her relationship with her boyfriend and her bond with her parents and brother. These memories reinforce the magnitude of Mia's decision and provide weight to both sides of her dilemma. Forman excels at inserting tiny but powerful details throughout, including the realistic sounds, smells and vocabulary of a hospital, which will draw readers into this masterful text and undoubtedly tug at even the toughest of heartstrings. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2009)
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Forman, Gayle
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
Series statement
If I stay
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Traffic accident victims
  • Death
  • Coma
  • Bereavement
  • Violoncellists
  • Families
  • Young adult fiction
  • Oregon
Target audience
adolescent
Label
If I stay, Gayle Forman
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
209 p.
Isbn
9780147514530
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780385616218
Label
If I stay, Gayle Forman
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
209 p.
Isbn
9780147514530
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780385616218

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