If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This story about a girl who hovers between life and death after a devastating accident that took the rest of her family gripped me from the start.
It is told in many flashbacks, featuring her life and her relationship with her parents and her boyfriend.
The main theme of the book is that the girl herslef has to decide if she wants to live or just give up and die.

This book really touched me. It was full of warm moments and warm people. It was very romantic, too, but there was so much more to it. I enjoyed the human relationships and I embraced the idea that we are resposnible for fighting for our life, even when things are going bad.
This book makes you think about what is important in life, about what a person has to live for when almost everything is taken from them.

I only had one problem with this book and that problem is God. It seemed like the author doesn't believe in God. That she thinks God doesn't care enough or isn't powerful enough to give one the will and the courage to live. I want to say here that that is not true.
God is alive, He is real, and He is the Only One Who can give life or take it. He is also the only reason for living.

Anyway, I wouldn't suggest giving to your teen this book to read, if you aren't sure he or she has a firm belief in God because, even though He is mentioned very rarely in this book, even that little might shake a teen's faith. Otherwise it is a good book, full of meaning and depth, especially if you are a christian and can see God's hand working through the characters' pain and grief (even if the author herself can't).

Rating: 4/5

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