In a year full of film adaptations of fantastical young-adult novels (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Vampire Academy, The Giver), If I Stay confronts the audience with stark reality. Adapted from the book by Gayle Forman, the film finds its main character, Mia Hall, in a coma after a car accident with her family. It is here, between life and death, that she reflects on her relationships, her family, and her overall existence and tries to decide whether staying alive is worth a shot.
It's a heavy work, but Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Hall, feels good about it. She knows how dark If I Stay is compared to other recent YA works, but she's confident that audiences can handle the pain.More »