If I Stay is an intense and moving story about Mia, a talented cellist, who is the only member of her family to survive a horrendous car crash. The story is told from Mia’s point of view as she experiences an out of body experience that allows her to be aware of what is going on around her, even while in a coma. The story switches smoothly from present to past events. We learn of Mia’s love of classical music, her fears of leaving her boyfriend for Julliard, and her relationships with friends and family. This is a thought provoking novel that will cause the reader to take stock of their life and the things that mean most to them. Keep a box of tissues handy. Forman is a master storyteller. Though written for young adults, many adults will enjoy this story as well.