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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a journalist who specialized in reporting on young people and social-justice issues. Which is a fancy way of saying I reported on all the ways that young people get treated like crap—and overcome! I started out working for Seventeen magazine, writing the kinds of articles that people (i.e. adults) never believe that Seventeen ran (on everything from child soldiers in Sierra Leone to migrant teen farm workers in the U.S.). Later on, I became a freelance journalist, writing for magazines like Details, Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, Budget Travel, and Cosmopolitan.

In 2002, I went traveling for a year around the world with my husband, Nick. I spent time hanging out with some pretty interestin...more


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Mia was at the beginning of her life. She'd lost her family of origin but her future was ahead of her. If I was in such an accident…more
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Mia was at the beginning of her life. She'd lost her family of origin but her future was ahead of her. If I was in such an accident (GOD FORBID) with my husband and kids, I would want to go with my family. They are my future, and with them gone, there's no point. These are the things I have nightmares about, but also the reason that when we are all together on an airplane with bad turbulence, I never get worried because we're all together. (Is that TOTALLY morbid?)

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Gayle Forman I know this is clichéd but they become like real people to me. I know them very well, even the minor characters. When I'm drafting a book, I think…moreI know this is clichéd but they become like real people to me. I know them very well, even the minor characters. When I'm drafting a book, I think about them constantly. I like to think I'm in charge of them but really, they're in charge of me.

When I wrote If I Stay, I had no intention of writing a sequel.
IF I STAY SPOILER ALERT
But then Adam and Mia kept waking me up in the middle of the night, yelling at me: "Where have you left us?" Because though the book ends on a hopeful note, they had a really tough couple of years ahead of them. I started thinking about them and skipped over the band years, and landed a few years later, and Where She Went started to take form. Adam and Mia are quiet now, so I know I am done with them.(less)
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As of now, you can read the entire first chapter of JUST ONE DAY. You will be able to keep reading more chapters, the more people who like these pages. We’ll just keep unlocking the chapters and you can keep reading.

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“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”
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“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”
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“If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay.”
Gayle Forman, If I Stay

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