Gayle Forman

Best Known For: 

"If I Stay"

Short bio: 

Gayle Forman was born on June 5, 1970. She began her career writing for "Seventeen" Magazine. Later she became a freelance journalist for publications like "Details," "Jane," "Glamour," "The Nation," "Elle", and "Cosmopolitan." In 2002, she and her husband Nick took a trip around the world. From that experience, she composed her first book, a travelogue "You Can't Get There From Here: A Year On The Fringes Of A Shrinking World."

In 2007 Forman published her first young adult novel "Sisters in Sanity" which she based on an article she had written for Seventeen. In 2009, Forman released "If I Stay," 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. Forman won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Awards and is a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner for "If I Stay." The film adaptation of "If I Stay", starring Chloë Grace Moretz, was released in the United States on August 22, 2014. 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 after the accident.

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, which leads to "a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life." 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. The final installment of Allyson and Willem's story, titled "Just One Night", is a 50-page novella released in ebook format.

Forman lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two daughters.


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P.O. Box 398
Kensington Station
Brooklyn, NY 11218

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