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If I Stay by: Gayle Forman

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Olivia Lashley
If I Stay by: Gayle Forman
- In the story If I Stay, there are two main characters, Mia and Adam.
Mia- A 17 year old girl with a love for the cello and a dream to play in college and professionally. She loves her family, boyfriend, and best friend and they all love her back. She is quiet, shy, reserved and keeps to herself.
Adam- The lead singer in his band, " Shooting Star." He is a nice guy who cares about everyone he knows. Adam has loved Mia for a long time, and their relationship is somewhat stereotypical.
Characters
- The mood of the story is just overall sad. The mood is sad because the way Gayle Forman wrote the novel is in a very down or even a depressing way. For example in the story it states, “I'm not sure this is a world I belong in anymore. I'm not sure that I want to wake up.” That is very depressing because Mia is saying that she doesn't know, if she had the choice, she would
want
to wake up. She might would rather give up and die then to fight and stay alive.
- Another example of how the mood is sad, heartbreaking and sometimes depressing is by this quote. In the text it says," “It's okay,' he tells me. 'If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I've ever wanted anything in my life.' His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. 'But that's what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It's okay if you have to leave us. It's okay if you want to stop fighting.'" The grandfather of Mia is telling her that he understands that she might want to give up. He understands that it's a hard decision to make. He understands if Mia just wants to quit and die. And he is giving her permission to do just that. Her grandfather is telling Mia that if she wants to, she can just stop and be with her parents, and brother. It's okay. That is just heartbreaking, to him, the readers, and Mia. That is one of the main reasons why the mood is so heartbreaking and sad.
Mood
- The tone of the story differs from being really lighthearted when Mia has all of her happy flashbacks to very heartbreaking when Mia is back to present time. The difference between the tone of the flashbacks and the present time is that when referring to the flashbacks, Gayle Forman is trying to add some happiness into the story by telling the readers and Mia all of the happy memories in her life. Once Mia and the readers have a light heart about the flashback, the author pulls a fast one and almost has to remind us that Mia is hospitalized and might not recover.
Tone
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a love story and a drama.

- The novel incorporates love because Mia has a boyfriend, Adam, and they are madly in love with each other. They have been together for a really long time and are just almost perfect. But that isn't the only way love is in the story. Love is also in the story because of Mia's family. Mia is a very family oriented girl, nobody messes with her family, she is too caring to let anything happen to them.
- The story is also a drama because of the setting and the plot of the story. The setting is in Organ where it never snows, but of course, today it is a snow day so the family decides to take a trip. But, the main reason this book is considered a drama is when the action goes down. The action in the story is the car accident. The car accident is dramatic because people are killed, and severely injured. That scene is how the drama part is included in its genre.
Conflict
- There are a lot of conflicts during the story, but they are all within the biggest conflict of all. Which is, Mia and her family were in a car accident that killed her mother, father, and little brother. Thankfully Mia is not dead,
yet
. She is in a coma and it is her choice to live or to die. As the nurse says, "If you live, if you die, it's all up to you." The nurse means, Mia has all of the power to recover inside of her. It is Mia's choice, to keep fighting or to give up.
- This conflict is a man vs. self conflict because Mia is deciding to either live or die, based on her feelings and flashbacks. In the text it says, "How can I possibly stay without Mom and Dad? How can I leave without Teddy? Or Adam? This is too much." Mia is asking herself, and trying to figure out the best solution for everybody around her. But really, she should just be focusing on the main idea. Am I going to stay or not?
Foreshadowing
- Gayle Forman's use of foreshadowing in this novel is very often. Within the story, the author uses foreshadowing very suddenly, such as saying, " The kid's waking up an orphan, if she wakes up." That is foreshadowing that if Mia wakes up, she will become an orphan.
Flashback
- Almost the entire If I Stay story is made up of flashbacks.

- That is because Mia is looking back on her life before the accident and seeing how much things have changed, grew, and developed. There are a lot of examples of flashbacks in the story but one is when Mia thinks back to one of the happiest times in her life. At the bonfire when she realized that the cello isn't just a solo instrument, and it can be put with guitars and basses. She realized by playing with Adam and her dad. In the story Mia says, " I never really felt like I belonged, until the night of the bonfire. That was my scene, that was where I belonged, that was who I belonged with. That's what happiness felt like." Mia is flashing back to her best day of her life.
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