If I Stay is by Gayle Forman. The first in a pair of charming books that adults and teenagers alike will love. At seventeen, Mia has everything going for her: a family she loves who love her, a great boyfriend, a wonderful best friend, and a future as a musician headed for Julliard. Then in one shocking moment on a snowy road everything changes. After the accident Mia finds herself in a disembodied state watching as doctors fight to save her from the car crash that killed her entire family. She watches her grandparents, friends, and boyfriend deal with their anguish, and must decide whether to stay or leave and join her parents and brother. A thoroughly enjoyable and touching story.
Ratings: 9th grade - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).