If I Stay by Gayle Forman is one of the loveliest books I have ever read. A seventeen year old girl ends up in a coma following a devastating car accident with her family. She spends the book reflecting on her life, all that she has and all that she has lost, while making the decision whether to leave or go.
This book is yet another Young Adult book about teens facing death with a film releasing this summer, but it has a very different vibe from The Fault in Our Stars. This book is a little heavier, I would say the feel of it is similar to that of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Mia spends the book following her friends and family while she remains in the coma and flashing back to scenes before the accident. It is wistful and melancholy. It is not a fluffy sunshine-y book, but it is an incredibly powerful story.
The film, which will be released on August 22nd, stars Chloe Grace Moretz who is quite perfect for this role. With only a month and a half to go, you may wonder if you have time to read it now that the holiday weekend is over and you need to spend the next few weeks catching up on all of the work you have been blowing off in the name of summer, but it is a very quick read and becomes impossible to put down pretty early on in the novel. Fair warning, the book is a tear-jerker. In fact, just watching the trailer for the film makes me tear up. The trailer is set to the song Say Something by A Great Big World which I think pretty much sums up the tone of the book. Here is the trailer if you are interested. Please ignore it if you feel it will ruin the book.