Tina Jordan
April 15, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

If I Stay

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Gayle Forman
publisher
Dutton Juvenile
genre
Fiction

We gave it an B

Though it’s touted as ?the next Twilight — with a fat movie deal in place and Catherine Hardwicke set to direct — Gayle Forman’s slim novel is no Twilight. If I Stay is a sweet little piece of fluff, beautifully written, but lacking the compulsively readable story line and ? brewing sexual tension of Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster. Budding cellist Mia, 17, is in the car with her parents and ?little brother when it spins out of control on an icy road, killing everyone except Mia. She soon clings to life in a nearby ICU, shuttled in and out of the operating room. Should she make the effort to will herself back or should she take the easy route and allow herself to die? You can read the book and find out — or just wait for the movie. B

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