1:34 pm - 03/28/2014

First look at 'If I Stay'

An MGM/Warner Bros./New Line production directed by R.J. Cutler, If I Stay finds Mia, a 17-year-old cellist, in a coma following a devastating car accident that’s killed the rest of her family. Forman’s novel takes the unconscious Mia on a journey through her memories and experiences as she tries to decide whether to wake up — or to die. “I got very close to Mia and who she was. I was really in her head so there wasn’t really a question I couldn’t answer,” says Moretz.

Fans of the book know that Mia’s boyfriend Adam plays an integral role in the story: He’s one of Mia’s reasons to stay. Cutler cast relative unknown Jamie Blackley in the role, and Moretz assures us that he’s just fantastic. ”He’s the perfect Adam. We took a really long time casting him,” she says. “When Jamie walked into the room I looked at R.J., and R.J. looked at me, and we did the audition and he left. And I went, ‘That’s Adam. That’s who he is.’ There was not a question. Not even a worry. That’s Adam. And I was like, ‘If you don’t hire him, that is so dumb.’”

Forman’s novel might occupy a certain part of the bookstore, but Moretz doesn’t love the “young adult” designation. She thinks it diminishes the book’s value. “What’s interesting about Gayle’s novel is that it’s not really that YA. It deals with issues that are much bigger…it’s much darker than I think most YA is,” says Moretz. “I want people to walk in and feel like they actually felt something, and learned something, and realized something different about life that’s more than just, ‘Oh, I saw this love triangle and it’s super sad because she chose the guy I didn’t like. And then the movie was over.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s pathetic.’ You want to watch something that actually means something and makes you feel and makes you want to be involved. That’s what I wanted to make and that’s what I strive to make.”

If I Stay hits theaters Aug. 22.

Only read 'Where She Went' and loved it.

holdmedownxx 28th-Mar-2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
i looooove this book and i'm so excited for it tbh.
rarkon 28th-Mar-2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
They look WAY old. I thought that was Rachel McAdams.

Book was good, i admit it.
aquaecolore 28th-Mar-2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
i thought it was the girl that plays Britta in Community
hypermuseic9 28th-Mar-2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
rubie_dubidoux 28th-Mar-2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
I barely remember a thing about this book except the sex scene where the one of the kids, whichever one is really into playing the cello, starts touching the other one by pretending they're a cello. I was a 15yo virgin reading it and even then I lol'd
kristinkat 29th-Mar-2014 01:31 am (UTC)
rubie_dubidoux 28th-Mar-2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Moretz doesn’t love the “young adult” designation. She thinks it diminishes the book’s value.

Can we stop diminishing the YA moniker as a whole, please?
castellans 28th-Mar-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Came here to say the exact same thing. YA is a really great genre that has tons and tons of depths. And even if it didn't, it would still be amazing. It helps people and it has value and purpose all its own. People keep treating YA like it shot their dog or something, idk, it's so frustrating.
alessandra_lee 28th-Mar-2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I cringed through that entire paragraph. Just like 'adult' fiction, YA covers a whole range of different themes, genres and levels.
fallen_iceangel 28th-Mar-2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
mte As far as I know, the only qualifier for something to be YA is for the main characters to be teenagers. That's it.

Because I know some YA go into some heavy shit.

Then again, I'm of the opinion that a lot of adult books can get extremely pretentious very fast. At least YA don't have time for that.
eatmydustbinns 28th-Mar-2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
I think Twilight tainted the genre.
earenwe 29th-Mar-2014 02:53 am (UTC)
Exactly. I am 100% over thinking that YA automatically means something lesser.
la_petite_singe 28th-Mar-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Who else used to read Lurlene McDaniel's stuff? I loved that maudlin shit.
aquaecolore 28th-Mar-2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Lurlene? That sounds like the made up name of a YA book heroine
rlmoonyk 28th-Mar-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
yess I remember reading Six Months to Live about the girl with cancer
lilrongal 28th-Mar-2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
I used to have that book.
alessandra_lee 28th-Mar-2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
I loved those books in high school. I just had to read The Fault in Our Stars for a class I'm taking and, just as I suspected, it was Lurlene McDaniels + massive pretension.
squashcakes 28th-Mar-2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
oh my GOD I think those books were the reason I went into healthcare. I'd always spend time after reading them researching cystic fibrosis and shit.
chikntetrazzini 28th-Mar-2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
These two books were so tedious and contrived. EH.
foxtree 28th-Mar-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
I thought that was Holland Roden at first and wondered why else besides Jeff David would hire her.

I have an irrational vague dislike of Moretz idky. Also I watched Carrie a few weeks ago. Never saw the original but the remake was mostly useless until the pig's blood dropped.

Edited at 2014-03-28 05:59 pm (UTC)
starsremain 28th-Mar-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
This was one the books I read when I was on my sad books kick.

Took me a while to finish it.
manicpixiegirl 28th-Mar-2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
I have an irrational dislike for Chloe Moretz so I don't know if I could stomach this.
firefoxyk 28th-Mar-2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
should i read it ?
ahigheroctave 28th-Mar-2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind crying, definitely read it. If you aren't crazy about sad books, probably isn't for you.
chibi_hime 28th-Mar-2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
When I was reading the books, I envisions Grace and Rich from Skins UK as the main characters... Probably transference from my disappointment about how the series ended.

Still excited about this movie though!

ara12 28th-Mar-2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Where She Went >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
just444 28th-Mar-2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
aww, your icon is great <3
kdvn 28th-Mar-2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't really care for this book for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one was the voice. It sounded like a forty-year-old adult trying to sound like a teen. I mean, what teenager uses the term 'rabble-rouser' not in an ironic way?
gottasecret101 28th-Mar-2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
I liked Where she went a lot more than if i stay. But both books were pretty good.
cerulean_glow 28th-Mar-2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
so does she die in the end?
0513 28th-Mar-2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
[spoilers]No, she wakes up. There's a second book.
dempsie 28th-Mar-2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this book but I really am not feeling this casting.
saintkate2 28th-Mar-2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
I pictured Daria and Trent when I read this book. 
lemmonsugar 28th-Mar-2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
my favorite book :33
tracycutie 28th-Mar-2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
I just finished Where she went right after reading If I stay, i didnt even know they were making it into a movie.

They could just make the two books into one movie tho, like the first book felt more like an introduction and the second tied it up to make it more satisfying, i just really loved Adam's POV too
_pinkpornstar_ 28th-Mar-2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
I thought that was a picture of Gillian Jacobs
justyourfaceha 28th-Mar-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
This book was so sweet. I'm so bummed I have yet to read the sequel.
readmymiind 28th-Mar-2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm i have to read this book.
mondler_4ever 28th-Mar-2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I really liked the book. Haven't read the sequel yet.

Also, the writer really did a great job of making the characters (the dad, mom and brother) so likable because I was just really bummed by their deaths even though I knew that they were dead before reading.
mondler_4ever 28th-Mar-2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
NGL, I pictured Adam to look like Ben (? the nerdy one) from Secret Life of an American Teenager
itspokerface 28th-Mar-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
Looking forward this
kristinkat 29th-Mar-2014 01:32 am (UTC)
this was a dumb book
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