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If I Stay    by Gayle Forman order for
If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
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Penguin, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Mia is a talented cellist dating a punk rocker who is experiencing his own kind of success. Shooting Star, his band, grabs the spotlight and he's playing gigs all over the Northwest.

Mia has a chance for a place at Julliard but leaving Oregon means leaving Adam. She feels like he has already left as his band becomes more popular with every gig. But Adam won't be going far. Oregon and the House of Rock where he lives with other band members is still his home base. Things are touchy between them. Should she go or should she stay?

But maybe there is no decision to make. An early morning car accident leaves Mia on the verge of death. She has an out of body experience that allows her to see Adam's efforts to crash into the ICU room after he's sent away without seeing her because he's not a relative. As she lies in ICU she remembers the past but she can't see the future.

This is one love story you won't be able to put down. Tension builds like an over-stressed cello string. Keep a handkerchief in your pocket because this one will make you cry.

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