Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about the young adult fiction novel turned film ‘If I Stay’. The book was written by Gayle Forman (who also served as an executive producer, and extra in the film), and the film stars Chloё Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, and many other talented actors. Personally I am a HUGE fan of the book, so I recently saw the film to see how the story was translated onto the big screen. I know that a lot of people, who become fans of certain books, may often be nervous and/or hesitant about seeing a film adaption of that book. Because of this, I decided to see the film, and let y’all know what I thought of the movie in comparison to the book. Please read on to see what I thought, and whether or not I think that you should see the movie, if you are a fan of the book (or even if you’ve never heard of the book). Ready? Ok, let’s get started!
If I stay is about a teenager named Mia, who is extremely musical gifted. The story begins with Mia’s family taking a trip to visit family and friends because of a snow day that shuts down the local schools for the day (Mia’s father is a high school teacher, and her mother calls work and says that she’s sick). As they are traveling, the family is involved in a car accident, and Mia wakes up in the snowy ground. She tries to find her family, but then hears ambulances approaching. She jumps in one, and soon arrives at the hospital. The whole movie transitions between Mia in the hospital (where she has an out of body experience with her comatose body), and flashbacks about what lead her to this point. I’m going to write the rest of the story in chronological order so y’all don’t get confused, but I promise I won’t say how it ends, or spoil the really important stuff. Ok, at a young age, Mia began to play the cello, despite the fact that her father was a hometown rock star. Mia is very close to her laid-back parents (who tend to treat her more as a friend than a child), and her spunky, outgoing brother Teddy. Because of her love for classic music, and quiet, shy personality, Mia often feels out of place in her family. She also tends to try to not talk too many of her classmates, and instead focuses all of her energy on her cello. Mia does have one best friend named Kim, who she is really close to, and is able to be herself around. Mia’s world is turned upside down when Adam (a popular guy and local rock star) asks her out. Although Mia is very hesitant to become close to Adam, he pursues a relationship with her. Her parents are very supportive of her and Adam’s relationship, because Adam and his friends remind her parents of themselves when they were young. At first Mia is very uncomfortable with Adam’s world, however eventually she finally allows herself to fall in love with him. One day Mia’s family tells her that she should think about applying to Juilliard to pursue her music. Although it takes a lot of convincing, Mia sends in a demo of her playing (even though she is very insecure if her ability to play). Mia then relieves an audition, but when she tells Adam, he is very angry. They make up before Mia’s audition, and she leaves the audition feeling very hopeful. When Mia ends up in the hospital after the accident, a nurse informs her that it is up to her whether she lives or dies. So now, Mia is left with the choice of what she is willing to give up, and what she can’t be without. With her immediate family, Kim, Adam, her friends/other family members, and her dreams on the line, Mia has to make the ultimate choice. Ok, that’s where I’m going to leave y’all, because you really don’t want me to ruin it for you.
So as y’all can see, this movie is AMAZING. I definitely give this film 5 smiley faces (because smiley faces are more fun than stars). This film honestly has something for everyone; it has suspense for everyone, characters that are able to evoke deep emotion, friendship, and romance. I also really find Mia’s predicament to be interesting, because who can really say what they would chose when either way they will win and lose. Lastly, I personally love that the film is not only about Mia and Adam’s romance, but also about Mia’s journey towards independence, self-reliance, and the ability to make important decisions on her own (whatever the consequences of these choices might be). I highly suggest that y’all see the movie and read the book, because you will definitely love them both. As I mentioned earlier, I was a HUGE fan of this book before I saw the movie, and I can honestly say that I did not leave the theater disappointed.