This month for Shelf Discovery, we read If I Stay by Gayle Forman.
In case you don't know what this book is all about, here's a brief synopsis. Mia has a wonderful family, a love that is rocky at the moment, but strong, a best friend, and is a talented cellist who may be attending Julliard. Then the car accident occurs and she spends 24 hours in coma trying to decide to stay or to go. The story is written in first person present tense with lots of flashbacks telling the back story of the characters and the heartache she is feeling.
The discussion was a small one, but very interesting. The paperback copy has discussion questions, but they felt very school-oriented which wasn't very satisfying. Instead we discussed how parents are portrayed in teen literature. For the most part, in teen literature, parents are non-entities. In this one and in Fault in our Stars, the parents are strong characters in their own rights. What do you think?
We also discussed the music in the book which is a character in and of itself. Finally, we talked about the upcoming movie.
Next month we're reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Pick up your copy at the adult service desk if you want to join us!