If I Stay

by

Gayle Forman

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The Cello

Mia is a talented cellist who plans to pursue a career in classical cello music. She fell in love with the instrument as a child, initially due to its “humanlike” shape, and has played…

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Punk Rock and Classical Music

Mia’s Mom and Dad met in their early twenties, when Dad was in a punk rock band. Unlike her parents, however, Mia’s love of the cello led her to classical music, her preferred genre…

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Angels

Mia’s grandmother, Gran, believes that deceased family members become angels and are reincarnated in the form of birds, which then “visit” in order to watch over the family. For example, on the day…

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