If I Stay, reviewed: Latest young-adult book-to-screen adaptation ends on a high note

August 22, 2014 3:33 PM

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If you took The Fault in Our Stars, gave the young lovers something more to do that stare dreamily into each other’s eyes, downplayed the too-clever dialogue and upped the danger — instead of creeping cancer, how about near-death? — you’d end up with something like If I Stay. It’s a much better movie, even if it still features an embarrassing amount of cloying sentimentality.

Chloë Grace Moretz stars and narrates, not from beyond the grave but just straddling it. Her character, Mia Hall, is involved in a car crash just 12 minutes into the movie, and spends the rest of the picture in an out-of-body state of mind. She sees herself wheeled into hospital rooms, comatose, and...

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