If I Stay

Adam Wilde Character Analysis

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 the local band Shooting Star, which is quickly gaining popularity. Adam is confident and more outgoing than Mia is, which initially led Mia to feel that he was teasing her when he first expressed interest in her. However, Adam won Mia over by taking her to a Yo-Yo Ma concert on their first date. Though Mia often feels out of place at Adam’s punk rock concerts, Adam soon proves that he doesn’t care that she isn’t engaged in the same kind of music that he is, and he loves her for who she is as a person, someone with her own unique tastes.

Adam Wilde Quotes in If I Stay

The If I Stay quotes below are all either spoken by Adam Wilde or refer to Adam Wilde. 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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7:09 AM Quotes

Just like with Shooting Star’s meteoric rise, my admission to Juilliard—if it happens—will create certain complications, or, more accurately, would compound the complications that have already cropped up in the last few months.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Adam Wilde
Page Number: 7
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I’d actually rather go off with my family. This is another thing you don’t advertise about yourself, but Adam gets that, too.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Adam Wilde
Page Number: 10
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10:12 AM Quotes

“I’m obsessed with music and even I don’t get transported like you do.”

Related Characters: Adam Wilde (speaker), Mia Hall
Page Number: 39
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12:19 PM Quotes

A small part of me felt like even applying was some kind of betrayal. Juilliard was in New York. Adam was here.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Adam Wilde
Page Number: 48
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5:40 PM Quotes

“Mia, Mia, Mia,” he said, stroking the tendrils of my hair that had escaped from the wig. “This is the you I like. You definitely dressed sexier and are, you know, blond, and that’s different. But the you who you are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I’ll be in love with tomorrow. I love that you’re fragile and tough, quiet and kick-ass. Hell, you’re one of the punkest girls I know, no matter who you listen to or what you wear.”

Related Characters: Adam Wilde (speaker), Mia Hall
Page Number: 100
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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
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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
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5:42 AM Quotes

So I played. And even though you wouldn’t think it, the cello didn’t sound half bad with all those guitars. In fact, it sounded pretty amazing.

Related Characters: Mia Hall (speaker), Adam Wilde, Denny Hall (Dad)
Related Symbols: The Cello, Punk Rock and Classical Music
Page Number: 227
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7:16 AM Quotes

“I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”

Related Characters: Adam Wilde (speaker), Mia Hall
Page Number: 231
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Adam Wilde Character Timeline in If I Stay

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7:09 AM
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As the family eats breakfast together, Mia’s Dad points out a photo of Mia’s boyfriend, Adam, in the newspaper. Adam is a member of a local up-and-coming band, Shooting Star, which... (full context)
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...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 her best friend, Kim, is occupied by... (full context)
8:17 AM
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...is a nightmare. To calm herself down, she focuses on the music and plays what Adam calls her “air cello,” practicing the notes without her instrument. When the music dies away,... (full context)
10:12 AM
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...passes Mount Hood, Mia realizes she and the medic team are bound for Portland, where Adam is scheduled to play guitar in a gig that night. She wonders what he will... (full context)
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In a flashback, Mia recalls being asked by Adam if she has “ever heard of this Yo-Yo Ma dude” (Yo-Yo Ma is a famous... (full context)
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One day Adam mentions that he has two extra tickets to a Yo-Yo Ma concert in Portland that... (full context)
12:19 PM
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...application, subsequently receiving an invitation to audition. Though she is excited, Mia feels nervous that Adam will be upset, since he plans on remaining in Oregon to pursue the success of... (full context)
3:47 PM
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...mentions the names of many relatives who are en route to see Mia, Mia notes Adam’s absence, and hopes he is on his way. (full context)
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In a flashback, Mia recalls that she and Adam did not transition from friends to boyfriend and girlfriend as smoothly as she had hoped.... (full context)
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Mia notes that had it not been for Adam’s warm relationship with her family, their romance may not have developed to the extent that... (full context)
5:40 PM
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...that 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... (full context)
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In a flashback, Mia remembers Adam showing her a Mozart Halloween costume he spent $100 putting together. At the mention of... (full context)
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...in, and is able to let go of her insecurities enough to enjoy herself among Adam’s friends and fans. (full context)
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After the show, Mia asks Adam if he prefers her punk-rock persona to her quiet classical music personality. Adam replies that... (full context)
7:13 PM
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Much to Mia’s relief, Adam finally arrives at the hospital, accompanied by members of Shooting Star. From the windowsill in... (full context)
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...their concert to open for Bikini, a popular local indie band, in order to accompany Adam to the hospital. Mia recalls another time one of the band members was too distraught... (full context)
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Unfortunately, when Adam and Kim reach the ICU to see Mia, they are denied entry to see her... (full context)
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...wait for college for romance, it came as a surprise to both of them when Adam and Mia began dating. When Mia broke the news to Kim, she already knew, thanks... (full context)
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Though Adam fits right in with Mia’s family once they begin dating, Mia is upset when he... (full context)
8:12 PM
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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... (full context)
9:06 PM
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...Bikini, the popular indie band that Shooting Star was supposed to open for in Portland. Adam’s plan is to have Brooke make enough of a ruckus in the ICU to distract... (full context)
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As Kim and Adam are being led away by security, they run into Willow, who has come from the... (full context)
10:40 PM
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When Kerry dies, Mia, her family, Adam, Willow, and Henry drive several hours to Kerry’s hometown to attend his funeral. Although he... (full context)
4:57 AM
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Meanwhile, Willow convinces the head nurse to allow Adam to visit Mia. Fatigued from the surgery, Mia (the out-of-body Mia) is unable to leave... (full context)
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Nurse Ramirez leaves Adam and Mia alone in the room. While Adam is initially in shock when he sees... (full context)
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In a flashback, Mia recalls that before Adam, she never expected to fall in love. She and Kim always assumed they would be... (full context)
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However, Mia recalls fighting with Adam more than ever that past fall, usually due to the tension of where Mia would... (full context)
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After Mia aces the Juilliard audition, she first tells Adam she just did “okay,” then changes her mind and tells him she played better than... (full context)
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Mia and Adam try to diffuse the tension by joking about Mia going to a local college to... (full context)
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...that Mia seems upset. They discuss Mia’s worry about the future of her relationship with Adam. Mom admits that while she believes Adam and Mia are truly in love, relationships can... (full context)
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In another flashback, Mia recalls the last time she and Adam discussed the future of their relationship, on Adam’s futon in the “House of Rock” he... (full context)
5:42 AM
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Adam leaves Mia’s hospital room abruptly, telling Nurse Ramirez that he has forgotten something and will... (full context)
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...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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...grill, cold watermelon, and wild blackberry pies. Mia feels especially happy when Dad, Henry, and Adam jam on their guitars and sing. They invite her to join on her cello. She... (full context)
7:16 AM
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...has ended. Mia feels ready to give into death, but wants to wait to see Adam one last time. (full context)
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Adam soon comes and collapses into a chair next to Mia’s bed. He has clearly been... (full context)
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Adam puts headphones around Mia’s ears, and plays Yo-Yo Ma’s Andante con moto e poco rubato.... (full context)
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Mia concentrates on the feeling of Adam’s hand in hers. She summons all the love she knows she will receive even as... (full context)