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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
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?)

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.
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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Sisters in Sanity
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I Was Here
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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.”
Gayle Forman, If I Stay

“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”
Gayle Forman, If I Stay

“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


Please vote for the YA novel you would like to read in the month of September. Polls are open for a very short time this month so don't forget to vote! Voting ends Wednesday, August 31!

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano by Lauren DeStefano

Obviously, something went terribly wrong. Genetic mutations have festered, reducing human longevity to twenty-five, even less for most women. To prevent extinction, young girls are kidnapped, mated in polygamous marriages with men eager to procreate. Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery, a recent victim of this breeding farm mentality, has vowed to break loose from its fetters; but finding allies and a safe way out is a challenge she can only hope she will survive. A dystopian fantasy series starter with wings.
  31 votes 47.7%

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
  15 votes 23.1%

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make -and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
  14 votes 21.5%

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta by Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca - only this time it's five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.
Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.
But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.
And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.
  5 votes 7.7%

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