If I Stay

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Teddy Hall Character Analysis

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 has a mother-like connection and influence over Teddy. Teddy loves eight-year-old things such as SpongeBob and banging on drum sets. His birth is the reason Dad quits his band and devotes more time to the family. While he survives the initial impact of the car crash, he later dies in the hospital.

Teddy Hall Quotes in If I Stay

The If I Stay quotes below are all either spoken by Teddy Hall or refer to Teddy Hall . 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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4:47 PM Quotes

I didn’t mind. I was excited about a baby. And I knew that Carnegie Hall wasn’t going anywhere. I’d get there someday.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Teddy Hall
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

When Mia's mother finds out that she is pregnant with Teddy, the family cancels an impending trip to New York City. Mia's parents have always been very open about the fact that neither Mia nor Teddy were planned pregnancies, a hallmark of their easygoing and spontaneous attitudes. This quote is representative of how important Teddy has always been in Mia's life, even before she was born. Though she was very excited to visit Carnegie Hall (a famous concert hall, and thus a dream for the ambitious, cello-playing Mia) and see New York City for the first time, her excitement and understanding about missing the trip due to the prospect of having a sibling trumped any feelings of disappointment. Despite her love of the cello, Mia's deep love of family has always come first. 

9:06 PM Quotes

And that’s how I know. Teddy. He’s gone, too.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Teddy Hall
Page Number: 152
Explanation and Analysis:

Though Mia is happy to see Willow stick up for Adam and Kim, she is struck by the realization that Willow's presence in the hospital means that she no longer needs to be at the hospital where she works as a nurse. Mia had been certain that Willow was there taking care of Teddy. If she no longer needs to be at the hospital, Mia realizes, this means that Teddy has died. While Mia could tell that her parents had died upon the impact of the crash, she held onto the hope that Teddy would survive. Now, Mia knows that her entire immediate family has died in the crash—knowledge that will make her decision whether to stay or to leave very difficult. If she were to remain alive, she would have to deal with the grief of losing her entire family. If she were to leave, she would sacrifice her entire future with the cello, Adam, Kim, and her grandparents, but could at least be on the "other side" with Teddy, Mom, and Dad. As Teddy's older sister, she has always been very protective of him, and so she is distraught by the prospect of him scared and dying alone. She hopes that wherever he is, he is being comforted by Mom, Dad, and other relatives that have passed away. 

When Teddy slid out, he was head up, facing the ceiling, so that the first thing he saw was me.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Teddy Hall
Page Number: 158
Explanation and Analysis:

In a flashback, Mia recalls the day that Teddy is born. Mia accompanies her mother to the birthing clinic and is present in the room at the moment Mom gives birth. In this quote, Mia remembers that when Teddy first opened his eyes, she was the one he was looking at. Ever since then, she and Teddy have been exceptionally close, to the point that her parents joked that he "imprinted" on her. This memory makes the trauma of Teddy's passing even harder on Mia, as she was always very protective of her younger brother. Teddy's death also makes Mia's decision to stay or leave even more difficult: If she were to decide to stay, she would have to go through life without the support of her immediate family. 

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Teddy Hall Character Timeline in If I Stay

The timeline below shows where the character Teddy Hall 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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...to stay home with Mia’s Dad, a middle school English teacher, and Mia’s eight-year-old brother, Teddy. (full context)
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...to Mia’s love of classical music and Mia’s “marathon” practice sessions. Then a crash sounds—it’s Teddy playing on Dad’s old drum set, which makes Mia wonder if her mother and father,... (full context)
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...teenagers bonded over their mutual collections of dusty old records and love of music. After Teddy is done banging on the drums, the family finishes their breakfast before heading out for... (full context)
8:17 AM
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...a driver’s license, Mia’s Mom insisted he learn to drive when she became pregnant with Teddy. With two kids to take care of, he also went back to school to earn... (full context)
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...as to what to put on the radio: Mom wants NPR, Dad wants Frank Sinatra, Teddy wants Spongebob SquarePants, and Mia wants to listen to classical music. To compromise, Teddy is... (full context)
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...blue lips and red eyes. She sees a hand in the car, and, believing it’s Teddy, goes to pull him out. Then she notices a silver bracelet, however and realizes it’s... (full context)
10:12 AM
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...years old, is in another ambulance on its way. Mia is relieved to hear that Teddy is still alive. She sees Willow, who works as a nurse at the hospital, and... (full context)
12:19 PM
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...finds it difficult to look at Gramps, who bears a striking resemblance to Dad and Teddy. (full context)
4:47 PM
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In a flashback, Mia recalls that while neither she nor her brother, Teddy, were planned pregnancies, her parents never referred to their children as “accidents” or “mistakes.” Both... (full context)
5:40 PM
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...her a Mozart Halloween costume he spent $100 putting together. At the mention of Halloween, Teddy runs out to show the couple his red-pajama devil costume, which Mia and Adam assure... (full context)
8:12 PM
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...of her aunts discussing someone with cuts and bruises. She hopes they are talking about Teddy, meaning he is still alive, but she soon discovers they’re talking about the driver of... (full context)
9:06 PM
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...Portland, it means that she’s not back at the local hospital near the accident with Teddy (where Mia believed her to be). It also occurs to her that no one in... (full context)
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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. Several hours later, Mia... (full context)
10:40 PM
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Mia runs through the hospital, distraught after realizing Teddy has died. She then goes back to the ICU, enraged and upset. Her physical body... (full context)
2:48 AM
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...too. She hopes that all of the angels Gran believes in were too busy comforting Teddy as he slipped away to worry about Mia, which is why she is left alone... (full context)
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In a flashback, Mia recalls that prior to Teddy’s birth, Dad’s band was fairly popular in college towns across the Northwest, and, oddly, Japan.... (full context)
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When Teddy is a few months old, Dad announces he is leaving the band, even though Mom... (full context)
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...and enjoys one song, “Waiting for Vengeance,” in particular. Mia absentmindedly sings it to baby Teddy, which delights her father. Mia asks her father if he is sad that he’s not... (full context)
7:16 AM
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...memories from her life, both from the past and in the future, such as holding Teddy in her lap, and visiting three graves on a hill, next to a river. As... (full context)
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...as 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... (full context)