Tuesday, May 25, 2010
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Caught in a dreamlike limbo suspended between life and death, Mia observes as she and her brother are taken to the hospital. While doctors and nurses try to resuscitate them both, Mia looks over her own life and what she has left of it. She has to decide whether she's going to go with her parents or opt to live.
A hypnotic, slim tale about trauma, friendship, and what makes life worth living.
Bibliotherapeutic value: Though Mia has to deal with serious trauma, and she sees things that no one should ever see, this book -- which threatens to become a dread-logged tale about death -- becomes a pensive meditation on friendship and life.
Forman, Gayle. If I Stay. New York: Speak, 2010.
ISBN: 014241543X. $8.99.