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If I Stay

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Jenna Moore

on 16 May 2014

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Transcript of If I Stay

Conflict
The conflict is within her trying to figure out if she wants to stay alive and live on without her family and be with her boyfriend or her friends or go be with her family.
Setting
The setting of this book is in Portland, Oregon. The hospital is where everyone in the book mostly is. The time period is this generation
Theme
Awards
Gayle received many awards and achievements for her work. She won the 2009 NAIBA Book of The Year Awards and a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award just from the book If I Stay.Gayle won other notable literary awards including the British Fantasy Award, an ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, South Carolina Book Award Nominee, TAYSHAS High School Reading List, Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction, and Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee. Gayle resides in Brooklyn, New York with husband, daughter, and adopted daughter.
Characters Cont.
Teddy is Mia’s little brother. Teddy admires Mia and the two are very close. Throughout the book, Mia is most worried about her little brother.

Kat is Mia’s mother. She loves rock and her family. She’s protective and very loyal. She’s had some issues with Mia’s love for classical music and has grown to accept it. She is not the cook of the family.

Denny is Mia’s father. He’s quite rebellious but mature. He steps up to be a father and eventually gives up his band for teaching. Both of Mia’s parents approve of Adam and accept Mia for who she is.

Gayle Forman
If I Stay
Jenna Moore
Period One.

Characters
Mia is the protagonist of the story. She is quiet, kind, and extremely musically gifted. She loves her family, her cello, and her friends. Mia is often feeling out of place next to her rock and roll, rebellious family and boyfriend. She wants to pursue her dreams to be a musician with her boyfriend by her side.

Adam is Mia’s boyfriend. He’s described as very handsome, and loves music. He plays guitar and sings for his band “Shooting Star”. Adam adores Mia very much.

Kim is Mia’s best friend. Kim and Mia are very much alike. Kim is sarcastic and obedient especially with her emotional mother. She and Mia are inseparable and they go to each other for everything.

Plot
After getting into a serious car accident, where her mom, her dad, and her brother died from, being forced with a serious decision, should she stay with her friends and her boyfriend, or go where her family is? Is it worth struggling to re-enter life and live it? That’s what she has to figure out before it’s too late.
The main theme of this story was love that will last through anything no matter what the circumstances are. Even though Mia was in the hospital, with high chances of not waking up. Adam stayed by her side, hoping and praying that she’ll wake up.
Gayle Forman is an American young
adult author. She began her career writing
for Seventeen magazine. Eventually, she
became a free journalist. In 2009, she released If I Stay. The film is supposed to come out August 22nd, 2014.
Style
The author used similes and metaphors. She used them to exaggerate her descriptions and characteristics. The further she goes into exaggeration, the better image you’ll have, makes it easier to connect with the characters. She used imagery descriptions for the five senses multiple times. Example from the book: “The light is dim and artificial and kept to the same level all the time, but even so, the circadian rhythms win out and a nightmare has fallen over the place.”
Evaluation
I think this book was excellent. It can give a reader adrenaline by guessing what’s going to happen next. It’s unpredictable. It has a descriptive imagery where you can connect with the characters and feel their emotions. I’ve never read a book like this one and always kept me on my toes. I recommend this book to everyone and anyone.
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