If I Stay

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Kim Schein Character Analysis

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 similar looks and quiet demeanors. Continually being lumped together in the classroom led to name-calling via passed notes, and finally a fight on the playground in the sixth grade. After physically exchanging blows, however, the girls are quickly able to laugh about their feud, and finally become fast friends. Kim’s mother, though well meaning, is overbearing, and makes her wear certain clothing and imposes strict curfews on her daughter. Kim is Jewish, and attends Jewish camp each summer in New Jersey. Kim is an aspiring photographer, and wants to work for National Geographic one day, just like her uncle does. Mia admires Kim for her personal strength and resilience, though is upset that Kim and Adam don’t become fast friends when Mia and Adam begin dating.

Kim Schein Quotes in If I Stay

The If I Stay quotes below are all either spoken by Kim Schein or refer to Kim Schein . 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.
7:13 PM Quotes

“Look, I accept Adam because you love him. And I assume he accepts me because you love me. If it makes you feel any better, your love binds us. And that’s enough. Me and him don’t have to love each other.”

Related Characters: Kim Schein (speaker), Mia Hall, Adam Wilde
Page Number: 116
Explanation and Analysis:

When Mia and Adam first began to date, Mia assumed that as two of the most important people in her life, Kim and Adam would become fast friends. However, after several encounters, it becomes clear that the two teenagers just don't get along very well. This makes Mia very upset. In this quote, Kim explains that Mia shouldn't be upset about Adam not becoming her best friend as well, because they will always be bound, to an extent, by their mutual love for Mia. The fact that Kim and Adam don't hit it off upsets Mia because she comes from a family that, for the most part, exists in total harmony—she is not used to the people in her life not thoroughly enjoying each other's presence. Kim and Adam's mutual respect but lack of fondness for each other is a rude awakening for Mia that sometimes, two people that she loves will not always love each other. 

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Kim Schein Character Timeline in If I Stay

The timeline below shows where the character Kim Schein 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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...Mia knows that Adam is busy with his touring band, and that her best friend, Kim, is occupied by her work for the yearbook, she admits that she would always rather... (full context)
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While on the helicopter, Mia recalls how her best friend Kim, an aspiring photographer, once accompanied her uncle on a helicopter trip to photograph Mount St.... (full context)
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Many of Mia’s relatives, as well as her best friend Kim and Kim’s mother Mrs. Schein, arrive at the hospital waiting area to await news of... (full context)
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In a flashback, Mia remembers how she and Kim hated each other when they first met in middle school. Because they are quiet, dark-haired,... (full context)
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After the fight between Mia and Kim, Mrs. Schein, Kim’s overprotective mother, would not allow Kim to visit Mia’s house. However, after... (full context)
5:40 PM
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...she is the only one who can decide whether she stays alive and joins Adam, Kim, and her grandparents, or whether she passes on to death to join her immediate family.... (full context)
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...hospital, accompanied by members of Shooting Star. From the windowsill in the ICU, Mia sees Kim follow Adam into the hospital, and realizes her friend went to find Adam at the... (full context)
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Unfortunately, when Adam and Kim reach the ICU to see Mia, they are denied entry to see her because they... (full context)
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In a flashback, Mia remembers how she and Kim developed a theory that everything in the world can be divided into two groups, such... (full context)
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...right in with Mia’s family once they begin dating, Mia is upset when he and Kim do not become fast friends. Mia accuses him of being a “snob,” and Adam points... (full context)
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Mia searches the hospital to find Adam and Kim again, and discovers them looking for nurse or janitor’s uniforms in an attempt to break... (full context)
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...Mia then decided to quit, due to this loneliness, in the spring of eighth grade. Kim notices this, however, and prompts Mia to apply to a summer conservatory camp in British... (full context)
9:06 PM
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...make enough of a ruckus in the ICU to distract the nurses, while he and Kim run to see Mia. Brooke begins an impromptu concert in the hallway outside the ICU,... (full context)
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As Kim and Adam are being led away by security, they run into Willow, who has come... (full context)
4:57 AM
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...flashback, Mia recalls that before Adam, she never expected to fall in love. She and Kim always assumed they would be the “kind of girls” who had boyfriends in college, but... (full context)
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...care, and convinces the head nurse to allow visits by all of Mia’s family members. Kim sits next to Mia and tells her about the craziness that has been occurring in... (full context)
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...she will want to retain all the loving memories she has of her family and Kim. Remembering Adam, however, would be too painful. (full context)
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Kim ends her story to Mia about Brooke Vega’s distraction and the security guard by noting,... (full context)
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As Kim describes being saved from jail by Willow, Mia imagines Kim and Willow becoming close friends,... (full context)
7:16 AM
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...are evaluating Mia’s body. Mia is tired, and hopes it will all be over soon. Kim has left, and the parade of people visiting her has ended. Mia feels ready to... (full context)