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If I Stay. Gayle Forman 2009 Realistic Fiction. Sabrina N. Period 7. Setting.
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If I Stay Gayle Forman2009Realistic Fiction Sabrina N. Period 7
Setting The setting mainly takes place in Oregon. After she gets into a car accident, she is taken to the hospital at around 10:12 a.m., the ambulance arrives to the nearest hospital in a small local place that looks more like an old-age home.
Characters Mia: Physical Characteristics: • 18 years-old • Wears a silver bracelet with small cello & guitar charms • Dresses causally Adjectives of Personality: • Sincere- she was honest to Adam • Loyal- she cared a lot about her loved ones and was kind to them • Dependable- she helps her friend, Kim, in times of need
Characters (cont…) Adam Physical Characteristics: • 18 years-old • Dress casually • Well-built Adjectives of Personality: • Clever- he came up with the idea to distract the nurses so that he could see Mia • Loyal- he did everything he can just to see Mia in the hospita and he really cared about her • Proud- he’s happy that he has Mia in his life and treats her well
Conflict The main conflict in ‘If I stay’ is that Mia must decide whether she will live or die after she gets into a car accident. This conflict is a “man vs. self” conflict because Mia has conflicting feelings about if she should stay or leave.
Summary of Plot Mia has another ordinary day until she gets into a car accident. With her parents and brother dead, she has to decide if she will live or die. She goes through memories as she decides. Which path will she take, life or death?
Theme “Not everything in life is nice and easy.” • Mia lost her parents and brother. • Mia has to make a decision between life and death. • Mia got into a big car accident that put her in a coma.
Point of View This book is told in the point of view of first person. Mia tells the story through her own eyes. The author also says “I” and “we”. The point of view of this story helps the reader understand how Mia feels and shows us what she sees through her own eyes. If the author were to chose third-person omniscient, then the story would tell us everyone’s feelings.
Symbolism In the story, there is a wig that gives Mia confidence. When she sees the wig, it makes her think of Adam and how luck she feels. The wig symbolizes how Adam loves Mia for who she is.
Recommendation I recommend this book because I find it to be a very touching story. This book shows how Mia overcomes a big challenge in life and when faced with a tough decision.
Citation: “If I Stay” Book Cover Photo- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-i-stay-gayle-forman/1100060881 “Where She Went” Book Cover Photo- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8492825-where-she-went