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If I Stay Chapter 7: 4:39 P.M.

By Gayle Forman

Chapter 7: 4:39 P.M.

  • Everyone and their mother is in the waiting room for Mia.
  • Well, except Mia's own mother. She's dead. (Too soon?)
  • Mia's BFFL Kim arrives. Kim's mother is a wreck, but Kim is holding it together.
  • Until she's in private. Kim goes to the hospital's multi-denominational chapel and does a little prayer-slash-talking-to-ghost-Mia, even though she has no idea that Ghost-Mia is right there listening.
  • Kim prays for her friend not to die.
  • Mia has a flashback to how she and Kim met, in middle school.
  • Kim and Mia hated each other at first. So much so that they got into a fistfight.
  • But after a few punches, Kim and Mia became fast friends, inseparable ever since.
  • That happened to us all the time in middle school.
  • Not.