If I Stay

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
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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
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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
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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
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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)