Shauna Cross, who wrote the screenplay for Whip It! and the book it's based on, has signed on to adapt the young adult book If I Stay, which will be directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke.

Sounds like it will be a challenging write, because If I Stay's protagonist Mia is in a coma after a horrible car accident that killed both her parents. Similar to The Lovely Bones, the 17-year-old spends her time looking back on her life and watching her loved ones wrestle with this tragedy -- and deciding whether or not she still wants to live. It was positively reviewed by Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and I will definitely be picking it up ASAP. The book came out in April and is still in hard cover.

If you haven't read The Lovely Bones, please do pick it up -- and hide the razor blades. It's told from the POV of a young girl who was raped and dismembered who is looking down from heaven on her family, friends, and murderer. Bring your hankies for the big-screen version helmed by Peter Jackson that's coming out a few weeks before Christmas. Cheery!

The kicker is that Summit Entertainment, which severed its Twilight ties with Hardwicke after the first Twilight and brought on board Chris Weitz to direct The Twilight Saga: New Moon, is distributing If I Stay. Seems like this project will be more in tune with Hardwicke's strengths, who has proven she can handle teen subjects with sensitivity and depth, given the right material to work with. Cross is definitely one to watch (Variety said so!), and I can't wait to see what these two do with If I Stay. Sounds like some girl power is back in the house of Summit.
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