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Q: You started your career as a journalist and your first book is a travelogue about going around the world. Is YA literature a departure for you?
Gayle Forman: Actually, it’s more of a homecoming. My first writing job was at Seventeen, where I spent five years on staff and as a contributor reporting the magazine’s social-issues stories. I loved writing for teens then because—contrary to popular opinion—they really care about serious issues (from child soldiers in Africa to kids embroiled in the drug war here) and the engage in their reading with such passion. So, now that I’m writing young-adult literature, it feels like I’ve come full circle.
Q: This book explores some serious themes. Why is this a book for kids and not adults?
GF: It’s a book for kids precisely because it explores serious themes. Teenagers are grappling with choices about life and love as much as adults, so why shouldn’t their reading reflect that? I don’t set out to write YA. It just seems like I’m drawn to stories about young people. That said, I think If I Stay is for adults, too. I love the idea of teens reading this book and then handing it off to their parents.
Q: Many key characters are serious musicians, and songs are referenced throughout the book. Are you a musician?
GF: No. Except for piano lessons when I was a kid and a brief spate of guitar playing in my teens, I’ve never played an instrument. I am, however, a huge music fan. And my husband is a musician; he was playing in a punk band when we met, so I’ve spent a lot of my life ensconced in that scene. I seem drawn to writing about musicians, though I’ve never been all that interested in the cello until Mia popped into my head.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
GF: Music. Oregon. People I have loved. And unfortunately, the book is inspired by a real-life tragedy that happened several years ago.
Q: This is a book about death, but it’s not depressing. Why is that?
GF: Maybe because it’s really about the power of love—of family, friends, music—and therefore it ultimately affirms life.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Enjoyed the book very much. Looking forward to reading the next one. A must buy!!!!! Ready for the movie. Loved itPublished 47 minutes ago by A. Cortez
A choice I hope I never have to make... Mia's journey is riveting, her choice agonizing. I couldn't put it down.Published 51 minutes ago by Krissy Mosbarger
Yeesh this book made me cry. It's a quick read but it packs a punch. It makes you think.
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I would recommend this book for anyone who likes feeling like he/she is on the edge of their seat. I enjoyed going from past to present to keep things from getting too repetitive. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Halee Griffin
I like the plot of this book, love how it's written. I think I would have loved it more if I hadn't watched the trailer cause that make me have high expectations. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Lauren
I would highly recommend this book. The characters and story are marvelous. I am sure that I will be reading more books from this author.Published 2 hours ago by Rita S. Bush