Mia is your typical teenage girl. She lives with her mom and dad and younger brother. She is occupied with school, her boyfriend and her cello, which is her true passion. And then, it all changes (I swear this is how I start off my review for any YA novel!).
Mia and her family wake up one morning to a snow day. School is cancelled and they have the whole day ahead of them. They all decide to pile into the car and go visit friends and family. Next thing Mia knows, she is waking up on the side of the road. She finds her parents, gruesomely twisted amidst the wreckage of an accident. The strange thing is, Mia is not physically a part of herself. It is as if her soul and her body have split and she lingers in the hospital as her physical self lingers in a coma. Herein lies the most interesting part of the book . . .
Mia has the choice whether she will live or die. She realizes this almost straight away but she doesn’t make her decision right off. Instead, she watches as the love of her family and friends pours out. Even her family is conflicted–some people urge her to hang on, while others gently tell her that she is free to go.
I loved this book. I read it for the read-a-thon and it was the perfect choice. I could not have put it down if I wanted to. The whole idea of will she stay, will she go? really intrigued me and I found myself taking sides. I actually was convinced Mia should choose death because I could not imagine how she could get on with her life after the horrific accident that took her family.
I had a few small issues with this book, despite my gushing review. I really disliked Mia’s parents. They didn’t seem “real” to me and I thought they seemed like posers. Like maybe they were trying too hard to be “cool” parents. They didn’t seem like real parents to me.
Also, Mia was very into playing the cello and classical music in general. I found that to be really boring and the sections that examined her cello playing and her love for it I found really boring.
This is an example of YA fiction at its very best. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you definitely should consider it!
I borrowed this book from my local library.