If I Stay

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Gripping, unsentimental look at teen in coma.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 76 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+
Parents need to know that this is a novel for teens starring a girl who loses her family in a car crash-and is in a coma. In addition to plenty of strong language and sexual scenes, it deals with what happens after the accident as Mia "decides whether to live or die," according to an expert review.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

Pretty heavy stuff...

... if your child can get past the brutality and death in the very beginning, then he/she can be treated to vast amounts of consumerism, swearing, some intense sex, and more. Ours was a bit too young for this, and it broke her heart because all her friends (whose parents are either much more liberal, or just don't vet books) are reading this.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love coming-of-age stories

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