Quick thoughts:If I Stay deals with grief, love, loss, and life in a unique way, presenting Mia, the protagonist, with an impossible choice that is the ultimate representation of the coming of age tale. I love the way Gayle Forman handles her contemporary work, the way her writing seems to embed truths about life into the narrative itself. This book really made me want to listen to all the classical music references... and the lovely familial and romantic relationships in addition to the friendships made the book that much more powerful. (Checklist: excellent writing, character growth, world/concept, character cast, and romance.)You can find more of my reviews (plus discussions and giveaways) at Christina Reads YA.