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Friday, May 20, 2016

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This is the book that the movie was made from last year and it is a good young adult book.  The story is about a senior in high school who is on the brink of going to college.  She has a boyfriend who is a bit older than her, and they are trying to work out the very common problem of how to balance the desire to continue a relationship with the dreams and opportunities afforded to them.  In her case it is a chance to be at Julliard to study cello and for him it is a band that is increasing in popularity.  The band is touring throughout the northwest and already they are apart more often than they are together.  Then there is a tragic event.  The girl is in a car crash and her parents and brother are killed and she is in a coma.  While unconscious, she struggles with whether she wants to live and why.  Heavy material, but the underlying theme is whether to follow your heart or your opportunities.

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