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If I Stay What's Up With the Title?

By Gayle Forman

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What's Up With the Title?

Should She Stay, or Should She Go?

Mia's main choice in the book is whether or not to die or to stay alive. What will life be like if she stays? She'll have to live without her parents and her beloved younger brother, which is sad, but she also has a promising college career and dozens of supportive friends and family members to help her. It doesn't seem like a tough decision to make.

But the title might have another meaning. If Mia decides to stay in the realm of the living, she has another "if I stay" choice: should she stay with Adam? It would mean giving up her opportunity to go to Juilliard. We have a feeling—and not just because we read the sequel—that she's going to choose not to stay… with Adam, at least.

But maybe the sequel will solve that problem, too. No spoilers here.

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