If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman: CD Audiobook CoverFinished audio 9-6-09, rating 4/5, YA, pub. 2009

I don’t read many young adult books, haven’t since I was a teenager, but I saw so many positive reviews of this one I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m so glad I did!  It is the wonderful story of  Mia and her very cool family and friends. 

Mia is in the car with her family on a snowy Oregon morning when  the unthinkable happens.  She wakes up on the side of the road looking at the wreckage of her life.  Then the reality of her new  life is and memories of her past collide and she must decide if she stays.

It is easy to get pulled into this story.  Mia’s family is so fun and loving and supportive.  Aging rockers, her parents are the sort that every kids wants growing up.  And Mia’s boyfriend, Adam, is the perfect boy for a first love.  Music is the main thread through the book highlighting its healing power and the ability it has to bring people together.

It really is hard to describe this book without giving too much away and I don’t really want to spoil it for anyone.  I loved the heartfelt story and the compelling and accessible characters.  A great YA book that many will appreciate.  I did.