Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to discuss the novel ‘If I Stay’ (which will be released in theaters in 2014). Ready, ok let’s start! ‘If I Stay’ was written by Gayle Forman, and published in 2009. The novel centers around 17 year old Mia Hall, a quiet, reserved girl who is a gifted cellist. Mia is very close to her family due to their mutual love of music, although her family loves rock music (her dad used to be in a band and her mother was a groupie) and Mia loves classical music (she’s the only one who feels this way). She is also very close to her boyfriend Adam (who is in a rock band) and her best friend Kim.
The story begins on an icy, winter morning. Because school is cancelled that day, Mia’s parents decide to take her and her brother, Teddy, to visit old family friends as well as Mia’s and Teddy’s grandparents. While the family is traveling, they are involved in an accident and Mia finds her father and mother dead. She searches for her brother and is unable to find him, and thus doesn’t know if he is ok or not. The ambulance arrives and Mia follows them to the hospital where she is still desperately searching for her brother however, she finds her own body in the ICU. From this point on, the story transitions between what is occurring in the present, and what has already happen in the past. Through these flashbacks, the audience sees how Mia’s love for music developed, as well as how she and Adam fell in love despite how different they are. Mia’s grandparent’s and Kim soon arrive, and they all learn that the doctor’s are struggling to resuscitate her. Mia finally realizes that the choice about whether she lives or dies, is in her hands.
Mia is faced with many difficult choices at this point. If she lives, she will have to do so without her family, as well as suffer any consequences that arise from the accident. If she dies, then she will have to give up her grandparents, Kim, Adam, and the possibly of attending her dream school Julliard (which she auditioned for earlier in the book). Mia realizes that no matter what she chooses, her life will be changed forever. I’m not going to tell you how the book ends because I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I will tell you she takes a long time to decide. Personally I don’t know what I would do if I had to make this choice. What would you do? Please comment below with your answer!
In early 2013, Chloé Grace Mortez was cast as Mia in the film adaptation of ‘If I Stay’. Chloé is well known for her various film projects, which most recently include the remake of the horror story ‘Carrie’. Personally I am really excited to see Chloé take on this role, I feel that she will be able to handle the role, and will be able to bring the complex character of Mia to life. I definitely suggest that everyone read this book and see the movie when it is released.