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If I Stay By Gayle Forman
Julianna Tomaselli English 3A
The book If I stay is about a girl named Mia and her life before and after a tragic event in the book. In this book she is caught between life and death and he has to make an important decision whether to stay or go. The book includes many flashbacks of her life when she was a little girl till the tragic event.
The theme in the story was love will last through anything no matter what the circumstances are. Mia's boyfriend got into a fight with Mia but even though they weren't talking he still came to the hospital to support her because he loved her and couldn't live without her. Quote #1: "If I stay. If I live. It's up to me." (Page 88) Quote #2: "Sometimes you make choices in life an sometimes choices make you." (page 91)
Quote #1: "Everyone thinks it was because of the snow." (Page 3)- people think that Mia and her family got into a car accident because of the snow but that wasn't the case the driver in the other lane went into there lane. Quote #2: "Love, it never dies. It ever goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal." (page 13)- She never stopped loving Adam (her boyfriend) even though they got into many arguments throughout the book. Quote #3: "I am running the show. Everyone is waiting for me. I decide. I know this now." (Page 230)- When she is in the hospital she doesn't know whether to keep fighting or to give up. Quote #4: "Fake it until you make it actually worked." (page 80) - she pretended to be rocker girl / fan at Adams concert and people thought she was really into rock music.
Quote #5: "It's so quiet now. so that you can almost hear other people's dreams." (page 168)- without her mother and father she feels its quiet and sad without them. Song titles: 1. Lay me down- the song is about trying to let go and say goodbye to the people who we love. In the book she faces two times when she has to say goodbye; to her parents when they die in the car crash and when she says goodbye to Adam when he leaves to go on tour.
2. Promise- The song is about a promise someone makes to another person. In the book Mia's doctor made a promise to her that she would live, and get through the hard times. At the end of the book she opens her eyes. 3. Heart like Yours- Is about always loving and never giving up. Mia had to have a heart like her parents to survive and not leave her brother.
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