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If I Stay Book vs. Movie

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Milija Grotenhuis

on 27 May 2015

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman tells of An impossible choice. Stay with Adam or leave with her Mom and dad. This book is about a literal life and death situation; A situation given to a 17 year old girl named Mia, who was involved with a very serious car crash that killed her mom, dad, and little brother Teddy. To help with her decision she goes through multiple flashbacks with the help of the visitors that come to see her. When she makes her decision, one person comes to visit that could change it all. What would you do if you had to choose?
Plot Synopsis
Supporting Character
Adam is Mia's boyfriend. He is a punk singer and guitarist for the band Shooting Star. He is a school year older than Mia and is a freshman in college. When he was in high school he was popular; he didn't have to try though it was natural. He loves Mia, and everything about her, "I love the crease in your forehead that you get when you're concentrating on playing the music right." Adam will do anything to get her to stay, even if it means breaking in to the hospital to see her.
Supporting Character
Kim is Mia's best friend. She is quick-witted, with a sarcastic sense of humor. Kim is also Jewish; one of the only ones in town. When Kim and Mia first started high school they hated each other for an unknown reason that resulted in having a fist fight after school when they were 11 years old. Shortly after the fight they started talking more and more, and eventually they became best friends.
Main Character
Book by Gayle Forman, Movie by RJ Culter
If I Stay Book vs. Movie
By Milija
Mia is quiet, kind and musically gifted with the cello. She loves classical music and it plays a big part in her relationship with her boyfriend, Adam. She struggles with belonging, often feels like she is out of place next to her rock and roll family and boyfriend.
“If I felt like a fish out of water in my family, I felt like a fish on Mars in Adam’s circle.”
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7
Hair: Brown












Awards and Review
My Review
Works Cited
Common Sense Media
Barnes & Noble
"IF I STAY is a tearjerker that works because it is both heartfelt and tightly constructed. Teen readers should…join booksellers in embracing this fantastic new book."
~Publishers Weekly
People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie
Mia struggles with an internal conflict. Her conflict is the same in both the movie and the book, and is a person vs. Fate conflict. The conflict is the plot, so it is made known right away. It is a constant conflict in both. It is the choice is to stay with her friends and extended family or to leave(die) like her parents and brother. Often times she is asked, begged and even bribed by her many visitors to stay with them. But she learns that dying is easy, it's living that is hard.
It was an amazing idea for a book, and through out you go through tons of emotions from excited to dreadful, and peppy to somber. This book will have you going on an emotional roller coaster.
The setting starts out at Mia's home but then quickly changes to a hospital in Portland after the car ride that resulted in a crash. This is in modern time, and is in the span of a couple days. Even though she is telling the story in the present, she has multiple flashbacks of when she was younger like at her first cello recital. The places chosen for filming are Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Coquitlam,
and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The director chose these places because the scenery seemed to fit.
Two main themes are in this book kind of relate to each other. The first main theme is that love will last through anything no matter what the circumstances are.

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band; go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that too. .. And that would suck, but I’ll do it. I can lose you like that, if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”

“Please Mia," he implores. "Don't make me write a song.”

This quote is referring to when Mia wanted Adam to write her a song but he told her he wasn't good at writing songs about things that make him happy.
The second main theme is that you always have something/someone to live for.

"There are like twenty people out in that waiting room right now. Some of them are related to you. Some of them are not. But we're all your family."
She stops now. Leans over me so that the wisps of her hair tickle my face. She kisses me on the forehead. "You still have a family," she whispers.
My Review
I would recommend the book and movie to anyone who likes suspense, drama and a little bit of romance. In my opinion the book was better because that was the original, and I had pictured the book different from the movie.
Chloë Grace Moretz
(Actor Similarity)
Works Cited
Jamie Blackley
(Actor Similarity)
Forman, Gayle. If I Stay: A Novel. New York: Dutton, 2009. Print.

"Gayle Forman." Gayle Forman. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.

"If I Stay." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.

Chloë and Mia were very similar in almost all ways. The director really wanted to portray the book in the movie. She was actually chosen because of her reputation which was that she is a very good actor for only 17 years old. She has not been in any other films like this, but from what I found most of hers are good.
Jamie fit criteria for Adam almost immediately. It was said in an interview with the author that Jamie was everything that she pictured Adam would be. He has been in multiple movies, but again has never played a role like this. His reputation, according to the author is "swaggy and stylish"
Liana Liberato
(Actor Similarity)
Away from the movie set, Liana was a close friend to Chloë just like the book and movie. She, unlike the other two, has played in another movie like this, this time as the main character. Liana has always wowed h
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