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  If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review by: Phoebe D.
California, Grade 10

This book is filled with happiness and sorrows and love and loss. Mia has a choice, she can follow her love of music, go to Julliard and accomplish her cellist dreams, or she can stay with her family and the love of her life and follow her heart. Either way, she has something to gain and something to lose. She doesn't want to leave everyone she cares about, but how much easier it'd be for her to just... let go. As difficult as that choice is on its own, there are certain elements swaying Mia in each direction that stand to complicate matters even further.

This novel is very cheesy and cliche and has unrealistic characters. I did not relate to Mia at all and I found her mostly unlikable. There was a disconnect between what we're told about Mia and what we're actually shown. For example, Mia constantly brags about how humble she is. Someone who is truly humble doesn't brag about it. Additionally, I didn't think her actions showed her to be a modest or humble person. I found it odd that Mia's parents and brother recently died, yet none of the family reacts to it. It is all about Mia. Although the focus should have been on her since they were at the hospital visiting her, I felt that there should have been more acknowledgement of the three members of the family who didn't make it.

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