'If I Stay' Trailer Breaks Your YA-Lovin' Heart

If I Stay

In 2009, as the Twilight books were just beginning their billion-dollar assault on theaters and Hollywood's current thirst for YA franchises was still mostly a tickle in Harry Potter's throat, novelist Gayle Forman scored a critically lauded bestseller with If I Stay, the story of a girl who finds herself forced to choose between life and death after her seemingly perfect existence is shattered by sudden tragedy. Naturally, now it's a movie too.

Happily, judging from this trailer, director R.J. Cutler and screenwriter Shauna Cross have done right by Forman's book -- and thanks to suitably winsome-yet-pensive turns from Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley, If I Stay has the potential to tug at the heartstrings deftly enough to become this generation's Love Story or Ice Castles. Love always feels like a life-or-death proposition when you're a teenager, right? Well, here, it kind of actually is.

If I Stay debuts in theaters on August 22. Have a look at the trailer below:

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