If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Review by Grayson, Sebastopol, 14 years old
Mia is a talented musician, with a boyfriend who adores her and a family who she loves, but a car ride one snowy February morning...and everything is gone. There's a sudden scream and a crash and Mia finds herself standing next to the bodies of her parents and brother, and she realizes, her own. She wonders what state she's in (Am I Dead? Alive? Dreaming?) and watches as her body is transported to the hospital, while the rest of her family is pronounced dead. As her body is in a coma, Mia looks back on her life- the good and the bad, the people who love her and need her. Alone, Mia must make the most difficult decision of her life and the only one that matters, the choice to live.
This is a very poweful book. It can make you look at life in a different way, and is extremly heart-wrentching. A couple of times I broke down in tears. But in the end, it's not a sad book. It's a beautiful book that reminds us of how lucky we are, even though at times life can be hard. Like my favorite line from the book says: "I now realize that dying is easy. Living is hard. But that's okay."