Gayle Forman: YA Hero

Posted on Nov 02, 2017

Author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman was once a journalist. Now she is a full-time writer known best for young adult novels.

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Forman first worked for Seventeen magazine and then ventured into freelance writing for many lifestyle and entertainment magazines. With the type of work she had been doing at the time, she was able to write and publish a travelogue, You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World. In 2007, she published her first novel, Sisters in Sanity.

In 2009, she published If I Stay, and her work started gaining more popularity. If I Stay revolves around the story of a teenager named Mia, who was stuck in a coma following a fatal accident involving her entire family. While in a coma, she has an out-of-body experience that allows her to travel within the hospital and hear and see her visitors. This also enables her to find out that her family dies one by one. During the coma, she recalls her life before the accident, including a relationship with a boy named Adam. With everything that she’s experienced and seen, Mia must now decide whether or not to continue with her life. If I Stay was adapted into a film in 2014, starring Chloë Grace Moretz. A sequel titled Where She Went was published in 2014, this time from the perspective of Adam. The novel follows Adam and Mia’s relationship following the latter’s recovery from coma.

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Just One Day, another YA novel by Forman, was published in 2013. The book is about a girl named Allyson Healey who meets a Dutch actor named Willem while on tour in Europe. Allyson runs away to Paris with Willem, and then after spending a day together, he disappears. Within the same year, Forman released Just One Year, the same story but from Willem’s perspective. The trilogy closed with a fifty-page novella titled Just One Night, published in 2015.

The year 2015 also saw the publication of I Was Here, a novel that follows the story of a girl struggling with the sudden suicide of her best friend. The following year, Forman published her first adult novel, Leave Me.

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Through her blog and social media sites, Forman answers questions, shares writing tips, and answers questions sent in by fans.

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