IF I STAY
Leaving the reader with lingering feelings of both sadness and hope, this is a touching and thought-provoking novel. Forman's writing is solid, and her story heart wrenching.
Seventeen-year-olds make choices all the time -- about boys, college, what to do with their lives. But when Mia is faced with the ultimate choice, whether or not to live, the decision isn't easy. The sole survivor of a freak car accident, she's left an orphan. As her body lies in a coma, she watches the day unfold, trying to make the hardest decision of all. Will the love of her remaining family, best friend and longtime boyfriend be enough to keep her alive? (DUTTON, Apr., 208 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780525421030, HC, 14 and Up)