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If I Stay
208 pages; Dutton Juvenile
As the song asks, "Should I stay or should I go now?," so ponders Juilliard-bound cellist Mia, suspended between life and death after a car accident leaves her body severely injured and her family dead. In the film, characters in limbo, like Chloƫ Grace Moretz's Mia, can pass through walls and hover behind the shoulders of the ones they left behind. But in the novel, it's Mia's memories of a life half-lived and her struggle whether to move toward the light that brings her alive for readers.
— Jordan Foster