Pub. Date: April 2010 (in pb)
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she fi nds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
She has a strenuous, complicated, and painful choice to make. Mia is at the verge of death battling a coma, after witnessing the death of her parents and brother. Having already lost the most important people in her life, Mia must make the choice, to leave or to stay and live her new reality.
I must praise the author for such a genius idea for this book. The choice is what keeps the reader reading until the last page. What the readers love much about this book, is how Mia can see what's going around her, like an outer body experience. While she's in a coma, it's like she has will of her own. We can hear her thoughts, and relive her memories of the past as she tells them.
The story goes from seeing the present, and Mia seeing her past. Truthfully, not much happened that excited me past the moment of the accident. But, what did happen was beautifully saddening, and tragic.
In the end, we do see some humor, so the whole story isn't joyless. I won't deny that while I thought this story was a little lacking action and excitement, this is an important book. It encourages to not lose hope after all is lost. I recommend it, warning: tears.
Overall: 41/50 = 82% = B-
Cover: Love how the snow theme makes it to the cover. But, the model doesn't exactly fit the description of Mia, completely. Altogether, the cover is simply beautiful.