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If I Stay Book Talk
Transcript of If I Stay Book Talk
By: Jillian Switzer
Mia is 17 and a very talented cellist. She auditioned for Julliard. She has a boyfriend named Adam who is a musician himself in a punk rock band called "Shooting Star". Her parents in the book are only referred to as Mom and Dad because she narrates the story. They were in a rock band as well yet still support Mia. Mia used to travel with their band when she was young. She has a younger brother, Teddy. Her best friend is Kim.
Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Setting: Oregon (outside of Portland)
Adam is Mia's boyfriend. He is a guitarist for his band. He is a year older than Mia and met her in high school. He admired her one day while she was playing the cello in the music wing. He took her to see Yo-Yo Ma on their first date. He supports Mia with everything she does. While Mia is in a coma he isn't allowed to see her and tries to sneak into the ICU. He would give anything to have Mia stay.
The authors message for this book is take your life for granted. You never know what tomorrow has in store for you so live your life while you have it and enjoy it.
"If I Stay" is about Mia, a 17 year old cellist who doesn't fit in with her family of rock lovers and her punk rock boyfriend. She lives a normal life until her and her family get into a terrible car crash due to icy roads. While her physical self is in a coma, she is watching everything happen from a ghost-like state. She starts to tell the story through a mix of flashbacks and what is happening in present time. Mia controls if she goes or if she stays and the book ultimately portrays her thoughts on either outcome.
I would recommend this book because it is an interesting story that is unique. I like how the story unfolds through the flashbacks. When the car crash happens in the beginning of the story, you know hardly anything about the characters besides a very brief description given by Mia. You start to become familiar with the characters and start to figure out their personalities through their dialogue in Mia's flashbacks and memories. This book is best for a teenage girl audience or anyone who enjoys realistic fiction.