If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Book Summary)

If I Stay

Mia Hall lost her family in a car accident on a winter day while they were about to visit a family friend. Her mom and dad (Kat & Denny) died. as well as her little brother, Teddy. She was in coma for days because she was badly injured, she was so close to dying.

She has a boyfriend named Adam, who is a guitarist at Shooting Star. a booming band. They both love music since Mia also plays the cielo (that’s how they met and how they usually bond).

While she was in coma she was well aware of what’s happening around her. Her grandparents and her boyfriend talk to her and she’s hearing them all. Adam told her once, “I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go, if you stay” he played Mia a song, and her hands moved.

Where She Went

It was Adam who made Mia stay, but his life has ended miserably. 3 years have passed and he still could not forget her. All of his songs are written about Mia, all those songs that made Shooting Star. He’s currently insomniac, maintains distance from the other band members and now needs anxiety pills. He has a girlfriend named Bryn, and he lives with her. His career looks successful, but he’s still very miserable.

One day he decided to watch Mia’s concert. Someone spotted him and after the show she asked for him to go backstage. They talked, they ate, they went bowling, they got chased by a paparazzi. They talked that time with honesty and they cried. Words came out the way it should be. Adam asked the question that haunted him for years: “Why did you leave me?”

After the accident, Mia played Cielo all the time. She got accepted to Jilliard and had to leave her home, her grandparents and Adam. Then they lost contact. It was the start of their misery.

The truth was Mia hated Adam for making her stay. Through hypnosis which she tried with her mentor, she began recalling what happened while she was in coma.

Mia was confused after her meet recent meet up with Adam. She loves Adam so much and Adam loves her as much that he’s willing to quit the band to accompany Mia’s tour. Instead of quitting, they settled their schedule. They’d still meet, they would find time for each other even though they both have their own careers – after all, that’s better than not seeing each other all, just like the misery they went through for the past 3 years.

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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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