In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.My Thoughts: I was warned that I'd need a box of tissues nearby while reading this one. Those who warned me weren't lying. I cried. More than once. I thought I could withstand the deluge but the pressure builds and builds until it reaches the breaking point and then one tiny little thing pushes it over and suddenly it was all about the tears.
It really was the little moments that did it to me. The moment when Mia realizes what she's lost even though we've known all along. The moment when she's given permission to make her choice, for good or bad, by someone she loves.
"It's okay," he tells me. "If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I've ever wanted anything in my life." His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. "But that's what I want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It's okay if you have to leave us. It's okay if you want to stop fighting." --pg 181That moment did me in. Just rereading it is getting me all weepy again.
Mia's journey isn't easy. It's lovely and sad and heartbreaking all at the same time. Her world has been shattered by a static moment in time and as you see how tightly her life is woven in with her mother, her father, and her brother, you can see that the decision on whether to stay or go is weighing her down.
I'm still a little shell-shocked to be honest. This book had a slow emotional build and when it finally boils over, it's overwhelming. It's beautiful. It's sad. It hurts a little to read. And I would do it all again.
Books in this series
1. If I Stay - Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
2. Where She Went
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