If I Stay by Gayle Forman is an interesting look back at a person's life and deciding if life is still worth living without the people who made up the most important moments.
If I Stay is quick read. For taking place basically entirely in a person's thoughts, it dives right in and just goes.
This book packs a lot of emotion into a short 200 or so pages. That worked for me. I knew what I was getting in to, and I felt connected. I'll admit that since I'd seen the trailer for the movie before I read the book, I did picture most of the characters as the actors who'll be playing them. I'll also admit that the age difference between Mia and her brother is almost exactly the age difference between me and my brother, so that hit especially close to home.
Mia's (and her family's) devotion to music made me want to whip out my violin or find a piano and play some music myself. I wanted to envelope myself in music while reading this.
Overall, If I Stay worked for me. I'd recommend it to people who like novels with tough choices and high emotions.