If I Stay

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Mia Hall

Mia Hall is the seventeen-year-old protagonist of If I Stay, and the novel is told from her point of view. A passionate and talented cello player from Oregon, Mia is likely Juilliard-bound after she… (read full character analysis)

Adam Wilde

Adam is Mia’s boyfriend. He is one year older than Mia, and graduated from their high school the year prior. He continues to live in Mia’s town due to his role as guitarist in… (read full character analysis)

Kim Schein

Kim is Mia’s best friend. When they first met in middle school, Mia and Kim hated each other, mostly because teachers and other students assumed the two girls were already friends due to their… (read full character analysis)

Kat Hall (Mom)

Kat is Mia’s Mom. Kat is strong, sassy, and fiercely protective of her family. She met Mia’s father in her early twenties, when they were both fans and members of the punk rock scene… (read full character analysis)

Denny Hall (Dad)

Denny is Mia’s Dad. He and Mia’s Mom married when they were twenty-three, and had Mia soon after. Teddy was born ten years later. Denny is a middle-school English teacher—though he played guitar and… (read full character analysis)
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Teddy Hall

Teddy is Mia’s eight-year-old younger brother. Mia was present at his birth, and she was the first person he every laid eyes on. Mia’s Mom jokes that Teddy “imprinted” on Mia, since Mia… (read full character analysis)


Gran is Dad’s mother. She and Mia’s grandfather, Gramps, live near Mia’s family, and are very involved in their lives. Gran is a perpetually positive person who loves to garden and believes… (read full character analysis)


Gramps is Dad’s father. He is a man of few words, but supports and loves his son’s family and their involvement in music. He is sad when Mia’s Dad leaves his band, because Gramps… (read full character analysis)

Nurse Ramirez

Nurse Ramirez is a young nurse who cares for Mia in the Portland hospital. She is sympathetic to Adam and Kim’s wishes to see Mia, and covertly helps them when they try to use… (read full character analysis)


Henry is one of Dad’s former band mates, and his best friend. Henry used to be a “drunk playboy,” but when he began dating Willow, a nurse, he changed his ways. While he… (read full character analysis)


Willow is a family friend of the Halls who is married to Henry, and together they have a baby daughter. Willow is a nurse at a hospital in the Oregon town where she and… (read full character analysis)

Mrs. Schein

Mrs. Schein is Kim’s mother. Though well-intentioned, she is often overbearing, and imposes strict restrictions on what Kim can wear and do. She initially doesn’t let Kim visit Mia’s house, due to the… (read full character analysis)

Professor Christie

Professor Christie is Mia’s cello teacher. She is a professor of music at a local college, and a friend of Mia’s Dad. Though she is skeptical of young Mia’s abilities at first, after… (read full character analysis)

Brooke Vega

Brooke Vega is the lead singer of a locally famous band called Bikini, which Shooting Star was planning to open for on the day of the accident. At Adam’s request, Brooke and her band… (read full character analysis)

Mr. Dunlap

The man who was driving the car that hit Mia's family's car. Mr. Dunlap survived the accident – which truly was an accident as he swerved because of snow on the road – but… (read full character analysis)

Great Aunt Glo

Mia's great aunt, and the sister of Gran. Great Aunt Glo died some years before the accident, and requested that her ashes be scattered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. While Mia is in a… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Peter Hellman
A friend of Mia's at the summer conservatory camp she attends in British Columbia. While still young, he dies of lymphoma.
A friend of Mia's at the summer conservatory camp she attends in British Columbia. He also plays cello, and they practice and "duel" together in friendly competition.
Kerry Gifford
A young man, active in the punk music scene in Mia's town, who died of a freak brain aneurysm while operating the sound board at a concert.