If I Stay is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read.
It is break your heart, cry your eyes out, fall in love, have hope for the future, read it all in one go fantastic.
At the start of the novel, 17-year-old cellist Mia is in a car accident that kills her parents, leaves her brother fighting for his life, and puts her in a coma. Detached from her body, she watches events unfurl and must decide... should she follow her family, or should she stay behind to live out her life?
If I Stay is hardly a cheerful book. But everything about it is deeply compelling. Mia is a vibrant, heartbreaking, beautifully drawn heroine. Her relationship with her family feels real from the moment they appear on the page, and her relationship with her boyfriend is compelling and believable without any trace of "I am nothing without you." The prose is beautiful without being overwritten, and it invokes deep questions about love and loss and survival. Every emotional moment rings deep and true.
It's a novel that grips you while you read, and will live inside you long after you finish it. Read it, read it, read it!