Well first of all the summary: (taken from goodreads.com)
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
WOW! That's all I can say right now. This book...I just can't find the right words to describe it. I loved it, it "tug on my heartstrings" as some might say. And I'm not exaggerating the whole mood was sad, but in between there are the flashback's Mia has, remembering event's, which were important in her life and through which she tries to decide wether to wake up from her coma or if she should go, leave her life, her best friend, her love, the rest of her family.
So after the accident Mia is like a ghost wandering beside her body, seeing everything that happens around her and remembering past events, trying to make a decision about her life.
I loved Mia's and Adam's relationship, it seemed real and not forced, Mia isn't the kind of girl to gush over a guy, which is a nice change in between all the: "OMG he's like so perfect, and like so gorgeous, even though I don't know him I'm like totally in love."
I also enjoyed Mia's and Kim's friendship even though it had a bumpy start, it grew over the years and again it didn't seemed like: "ok every protagonist needs a friend let's just throw someone in" I could relate to it, to the conversations they had and to the things Kim did, because of Mia.
There were moments were I was about to tear up, but then I told myself: natalie don't cry, keep it together,blah,blah,blah well that was until different people come in to visit Mia and to tell her why she should or shouldn't stay and that it's all her decision wether to stay or to go. Yeah I teared up like a waterfall and while I'm thinking about it right now (20 minutes after finishing the book) I still get teary eyed! So all in all I think tears were rolling down for over a hundred pages and every time I thought I got a hold of myself there was another scene, which teared me up again and again. I think this was the first time ever for me crying while reading a book, actually I think the only time I ever cried about a story was while watching Titanic. The scene where the old couple lays on the floating bed hugging and the man giving his wife a kiss before going to sleep forever, just get's me almost every time!
But back to the book: It definitely is a must read! It broke my heart, but also made me fall in love with the characters. It made me wonder what will Mia choose, and it also made me question: What if I would be in this situation: would I stay or would I go?
Even though I don't get why USA Today says on the cover that "It will appeal to fans of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight". I mean the stories don't have anything similar about them, and no not even the love story, because Bella and Edward can't compare to Mia and Adam, because Mia and Adam's relationship seems to have more depth, but that's just my opinion.
So if you like a good story go and read 'If I Stay' plus: the second book called 'Where She Went' is coming out April 5th and I'm counting down the days!
I'd rate it 5 out of 5 points! :)