If I Stay

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Kat Hall (Mom) Character Analysis

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 of the Northwest. She currently works for a travel agency. Though always a rocker chick at heart, she respects and supports Mia’s love of the cello.

Kat Hall (Mom) Quotes in If I Stay

The If I Stay quotes below are all either spoken by Kat Hall (Mom) or refer to Kat Hall (Mom) . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Speak edition of If I Stay published in 2010.
8:17 AM Quotes

As usual, there is a battle for stereo dominance. Mom wants NPR. Dad wants Frank Sinatra. Teddy wants SpongeBob SquarePants. I want the classical-music station, but recognizing that I’m the only classical fan in the family, I am willing to compromise with Shooting Star.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Kat Hall (Mom) , Denny Hall (Dad), Teddy Hall
Related Symbols: Punk Rock and Classical Music
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:
With a free day off from school and work due to the snow, Mia's family decides to visit family friends Willow and Henry. In the car, they debate over what music to listen to during the drive. While everyone in the family loves music, they often dispute over what kinds of music to listen to, as represented in this quote—one of many instances of choice in terms of music, and compromise in terms of harmony. As shown in this example, the family members are close enough that they are always willing to compromise. In this quote, the compromise is Shooting Star, the local band that Mia's boyfriend Adam plays in. This instance is representative of the harmony that the family maintains in nearly every situation, despite their varying preferences. 
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10:40 PM Quotes

“In my ideal scenario, my bighearted pushover husband and I die quickly and simultaneously when we’re ninety-two years old…Mia plays at our funeral. If, that is, we can tear her away from the New York Philharmonic.”

Related Characters: Kat Hall (Mom) (speaker), Mia Hall, Denny Hall (Dad)
Page Number: 173
Explanation and Analysis:

In the car on the way home from a funeral, Mia's family begins to discuss what kind of funerals they hope to have one day. In this quote, Mom notes that she hopes to die at the same time as Dad, and to have Mia play for the funeral. This quote is one of morbid foreshadowing to the crash that is to happen years later: Mom and Dad do die at the same time, and if Mia decides to stay, there is a possibility that she would play at the funeral. This particular memory highlights the often dark irony of life—Mom will perhaps get her wish for her funeral, though several decades prior to when she hoped she would die. Mia recalls this conversation as she weighs the pros and cons of staying or leaving, because it represents how fleeting life can be—someone as vivacious as Mom can be here one moment, and gone in the blink of an eye. 

4:57 AM Quotes

“…I do know that if you want to stay and be with him, I’d support that, though maybe I’m only saying that because I don’t think you’d be able to turn down Juilliard. But I’d understand if you chose love, Adam love, over music love. Either way you win. And either way you lose. What can I tell you? Love’s a bitch.”

Related Characters: Kat Hall (Mom) (speaker), Mia Hall, Adam Wilde
Page Number: 211
Explanation and Analysis:

In this quote, Mia and Mom discuss the difficult choice that Mia has coming up: whether to move to NYC to pursue the cello (if she is accepted to Julliard) or to stay in Oregon and attend a state school closer to Adam. This quote is significant because it parallels the extremely difficult choice that Mia must imminently make: whether to stay alive, or to join her parents and brother in death. Like with the choice between "Adam love" and "music love," each option has significant pros and cons. Mia recalls this quote because of the unconditional support that Mom always gave to her. Regardless of what she chooses, Mia knows that she has an immense amount of love waiting for her on the side of life or on the side of death. With either option she wins, and with either option she loses. The decision between life and death, like love, is a "bitch." 

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Kat Hall (Mom) Character Timeline in If I Stay

The timeline below shows where the character Kat Hall (Mom) appears in If I Stay. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
7:09 AM
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...family’s Oregon home. When it is declared over the radio that school is closed, Mia’s Mom, a travel agent, decides to stay home with Mia’s Dad, a middle school English teacher,... (full context)
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When Mia’s Mom asks if she would like more coffee, Mia mentions that she is considering going back... (full context)
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...friends of the family who used to be musicians in the same punk-rock scene as Mom and Dad. Though Mia knows that Adam is busy with his touring band, and that... (full context)
8:17 AM
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...be notorious for riding his bike everywhere and not even having a driver’s license, Mia’s Mom insisted he learn to drive when she became pregnant with Teddy. With two kids to... (full context)
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As usual, the family debates as to what to put on the radio: Mom wants NPR, Dad wants Frank Sinatra, Teddy wants Spongebob SquarePants, and Mia wants to listen... (full context)
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...her family, and finds her father, bloody and dead, on the pavement. She finds her mother dead as well, completely white with blue lips and red eyes. She sees a hand... (full context)
9:23 AM
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...When the paramedics arrive, Mia overhears a senior firefighter explain to a junior officer that Mom was most likely hit first, and died instantly. Paramedics work frantically on Mia’s body, ripping... (full context)
3:47 PM
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...the extent that it did. Adam was able to bond over punk music with Mia’s Mom and Dad, and he even plays basketball with her Dad as well. One night in... (full context)
4:47 PM
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In a flashback, Mia remembers being snuck into a casino by her Mom and then watching her Mom gamble at a blackjack table. Due to the controlled ambience... (full context)
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...difficulty conceiving for a second time, and had given up trying fertility treatments when Mia’s Mom discovered she was pregnant with Teddy. The family had to call off a trip to... (full context)
5:40 PM
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Mia decides to follow Mom’s advice of “Fake it til’ you make it,” and dress up as a rocker chick... (full context)
9:06 PM
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In a flashback, Mia remembers how on the day her Mom’s water broke with Teddy, she still insisted going holiday shopping at the mall as planned.... (full context)
10:40 PM
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...a committed atheist, Kerry’s family arranges a funeral that is very religious. This outrages Mia’s Mom, who wishes Kerry’s family had celebrated his life in the way he lived it. Mom... (full context)
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...she does seem to be able to control whether she lives or dies. And her Mom was right—she and Dad did die at the same time. However, Mia is not sure... (full context)
2:48 AM
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...band was fairly popular in college towns across the Northwest, and, oddly, Japan. However, once Mom announces she is pregnant for a second time, Dad begins to make changes to his... (full context)
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...Teddy is a few months old, Dad announces he is leaving the band, even though Mom says she’s okay with him continuing to play shows. Henry becomes livid with Dad, and... (full context)
4:57 AM
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...running out of fight.” She struggles with the decision she is facing—while she knows her Mom would be “livid” if she decides to follow her family in death, Mia wonders if... (full context)
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But Mom recognizes that Mia seems upset. They discuss Mia’s worry about the future of her relationship... (full context)
5:42 AM
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...her life when she had an overpowering sense of déjà vu, such as when her Mom or Dad told her a story from their childhoods and she felt as if she... (full context)
7:16 AM
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...she must cope with the pain of moving forward in her life. She pictures Teddy, Mom and Dad, and her cello, and squeezes Adam’s hand. Adam’s grip on her hand tightens,... (full context)