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If I Stayby Gayle Forman
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A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces — to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.
"The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state ('Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this'), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold's adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: 'Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school,' prays Mia's friend Kim. 'I know you'd hate that kind of thing.' Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc. All rights reserved.)
"...laced with insight, good humor, and wonder... " Booklist
"...the stakes are poignantly conveyed through Mia's vivid memories of a rich, rewarding life." Hornbook
"Forman's characters are smart and solid. There is little wasted prose, and not a single event rings false. Music lovers will appreciate the passions of Mia, Adam, and her family." VOYA
"Readers will find themselves engrossed in Mia's struggles and will race to the satisfying yet realistic conclusion.... Both brutal and beautiful, this thought-provoking story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned." School Library Journal
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make — and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
The love story of Jenny and Billy continues in this captivating sequel to the acclaimed paranormal young adult novel A Certain Slant of Light.
Hayley Matthews draws strength and focus from her dream of cheerleading, her family, and her Christian faith, as she battles cancer in a story of romance, adversity, and friendship, by the author of the Ghost Huntress series.
Sixteen-year-old Addie, an aspiring actress on a mission to save the historic Jewel Theater, time travels between Seattle at the beginning of the War on Terror and the Seattle of WWI, with the help of a magic mirror. In both times the existence of the Jewel is threatened, war is looming, and someone she cares about is determined to fight.
An earthquake and the discovery of a mysterious antique mirror unleash forces that jolt sixteen-year-old Addie McNeal back to 1917 Seattle, just as the United States is entering World War I. Addie finds herself shuttling back and forth between past and present, drawn in both times to the grand Jewel Theater. In both decades the existence of the Jewel is threatened and war is looming . . . and someone she cares about is determined to fight. Eventually, Addie realizes that only she has the key to saving the Jewel—and the lives of her friends. But will she figure out how to manipulate the intricately woven threads of time and truly set things right?
Cyan was named after a shade of blue, her artist mother's favorite color. The color of the sea. Since her father's death last year, shes felt just as mercurial and dark as her namesake, and the distance between Cyan and her mother has grown as wide as an ocean. Now they're returning to the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, where her father's mysterious accident occurred, and joining them will be Kammi--who may soon become a stepsister. Haunted by the secrets of the past, Cyan will explore all the depths of her blueness this summer, discovering the light, the darkness, and the many shades in between that are within her—and within us all.
About the Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the Nation, and the New York Times Magazine.
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