If I stay is about a seventeen year old girl, Mia, who is a talented cellist born into a rock and roll family. She feels like an outcast, but loves them unconditionally. Along the way she falls in love with Adam, also a passionate musician, who is a member of a well known band in their town. Mia has a decision to make: should go and play the cello at Julliard, a million miles away from Adam and her family, or stay home for college? Soon she faces an entirely new decision after a fatal car accident involving her and her family: to 'stay' and face life an orphan, or to die. The movie follows her conscience mind as she faces the decision ahead of her, alternating between past and present moments.
Spoilers: At first, Jamie Blackley didn't seem right for the character Adam. He didn't emit the rock vibe that the author, Gayle Forman, describes in the book. However, he grew on me as the movie continued. Watching him perform and seeing the duo interact really allowed the story to evolve. He then became the sensitive cool musician that I read about in the book. Chloe Grace Moretz was perfect for the role. She gave a spectacular performance. My favorite scene with the actress was when Mia had just discovered that her younger brother Teddy passed away, therefore leaving her the last living member of her family. That part will definitely bring tears to your eyes. The most emotional part of the movie was the scene with Mia and her Grandpa. This where he tells her that he would love her to live, but understands if it is too hard and tells her it's okay if she would like to let go. There was also a touching scene where Mia's best friend, Kim tells her that she still has a family, even though they might not be blood. I did wish that the movie would have focused a little bit more on family. They could have included a couple more scenes of Mia with her mom and dad. I also would have like to see a little bit more of her younger brother Teddy, maybe playing the drums as described in the book. The movie focused a little bit more on the love story with Adam and Mia, which was great. The message of the book I feels was family, love , and appreciating everything you have because you never know when it's all going to disappear. I feel that the movie captures these sentiments and that readers of the book will be pleased -- but of course, not without a few disappointments. Be prepared to cry because this movie leave you in tears, just like the book.