Gayle Forman

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Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman 2016.jpg
Forman at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Born (1970-06-05) June 5, 1970 (age 47)
Los Angeles, CA
Occupation author
Genre Children's books, Young adult, novels
Notable works If I Stay
Where She Went
Just One Day
Just One Year

Gayle Forman (born June 5, 1978) is an American young adult fiction author, best known for her novel If I Stay which topped the New York Times best sellers list of Young Adult Fiction and was made into a film of the same name.


Forman began her career writing for Seventeen Magazine, with most of her articles focusing on young people and social concerns. Later she became a freelance journalist for publications like Details Magazine, Jane Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Nation, Elle Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.[1] In 2002, she and her husband Nick took a trip around the world and she garnered experiences and information which later served as the basis for her first book, a travelogue, You Can't Get There From Here: A Year On The Fringes Of A Shrinking World.[2] In 2007, she published her first young adult novel Sisters in Sanity which she based on an article she had written for Seventeen.[3]

In 2009, Forman released If I Stay, a book about a 17-year-old girl named Mia who has been involved in a tragic car accident. The novel follows Mia's experience as she lies in a coma fully aware of what is going on around her and everything her visitors say and do. Feeling the agony of the loss of those closest to her, yet aware of the abounding love of those that remain, she must make the choice to hang on or let go. Forman won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Awards and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner for If I Stay.[4] The film adaptation of If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, was released in the United States on August 22, 2014.[5] The sequel to If I Stay, titled Where She Went, was released in 2011. Told from Adam's point of view, the novel is about Adam and Mia's relationship a few years after the accident.[6]

In January 2013, Forman released Just One Day. The novel follows Allyson Healey, who, on the last day of a post-graduation European tour, meets a Dutch vagabond actor named Willem. In an uncharacteristic, spur-of-the moment decision, Allyson goes to Paris with Willem, where they spend a day together before he disappears.[7] The sequel to Just One Day, titled Just One Year, was released in October 2013. The novel follows the same chronological path as Allyson's story, but told from the perspective of Willem.[8] The final installment of Allyson and Willem's story, titled Just One Night, is a 50-page novella that was released in ebook format on May 29, 2014.[9]

In January 2015, Forman released I Was Here, about an 18-year-old girl dealing with the sudden suicide of her best friend. Movie rights to the book were picked up by New Line Cinema one month later.[10] Forman is currently working on her first adult novel, titled Leave Me and due to be released in 2016.[11]


Forman won the British Fantasy Award (2010),[citation needed] and the ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2010).[citation needed] She was nominated for the South Carolina Book Award for Young Adult Book Award (2011),[citation needed] the TAYSHAS High School Reading List (2010),[citation needed] the Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction (2009),[citation needed] and the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award (2010).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Forman resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters, one of whom is adopted.[citation needed] At the 2010 annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Forman participated in panel discussions. She was on the panel “Young Adult Fiction: Teens and Turmoil” with Jandy Nelson, Cynthia Kadohata and moderator Sonya Sones.[12]


  • You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World (2005)
  • Sisters in Sanity (2007)
  • If I Stay (2009)
  • Where She Went (2011)
  • Just One Day (2013)
  • Just One Year (2013)
  • Just One Night (2014)
  • I Was Here (2015)
  • Leave Me (2016)


  1. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob (3 July 2014). "Book Buzz exclusive: New Gayle Forman excerpt, jacket". USA Today. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Ingall, Marjorie (8 April 2005). "Traveling The World — By Proxy". Forward. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Yang, Tatin (1 February 2014). "Author Gayle Forman on seeing her book 'If I Stay' become a film, hanging out with Chloe Moretz and raising $10,000 for Supertyphoon 'Yolanda' survivors". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award Winners". American Booksellers Association. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Warner Bros., MGM Partner on YA Pic 'If I Stay,' Set 2014 Release". 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Shotwell, James (24 August 2014). "Editorial: The Potential 'If I Stay' Sequel Is Nothing Like The Original". Under the Gun Review. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  7. ^ LoveBook, Hannah (5 May 2015). "Just One Day by Gayle Forman - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  8. ^ White, Caitlin (15 November 2014). "Gayle Forman's 'Just One Day' and 'Just One Year' Will Follow 'If I Stay' To The Big Screen". Bustle. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Crutcher, Paige (6 May 2014). "Gayle Forman Concludes 'Just One Day' and 'Just One Year' with the E-Novella 'Just One Night'". Publishers' Weekly. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (24 February 2015). "Gayle Forman's 'I Was Here' Movie in Development at New Line". Variety. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Biedenharn, Isabella (23 June 2015). "Gayle Forman to write first novel for adults -- exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Sunday Panels, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 25, 2010

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