Goodreads describes this as:
A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces – to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.
This book came highly recommended to me by a friend in FL. She said to read it but to not read it at work because of the tear factor. Well, I read it at work and I think that kept me from the all out sobbing I would have done if I was home alone. Did I cry? Yes, yes I did – but they were silent tears that rolled gently down my cheeks.
I thought the statement in bold was a bit reaching – I was skeptical to say the least. I am not skeptical anymore. The book is a wonderful blend of memories Mia has while lying comatose in the hospital and her consciousness of what those around her are going through. There were times, yes, when I didn’t care about the memories – I wanted to get back to her struggle to stay and fight or to leave.
She knows that to stay in fight is infinitely harder than surrendering to the pain & endless sleep. Does she have it in her to face all the recovery ahead?
The writing puts you in the car, the helicopter and the hospital – each is described very well. Mia’s understanding of all that has happened tugs at your heart strings from the very beginning.
Very good book – a real tear-jerker. I give the book an A+