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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.
I loved this book the story, the love between Mia and Adam was unbelievable. This book is great. I will read the next one.Published 8 hours ago by dramatic
I loved the style of writing, the back and forth in time. it was very easy to follow. The book was very thought-provoking about some of the what ifs in life.Published 9 hours ago by Mander9888
IT HAS SO MUCH MEAINING TO IT THIS ISN'T JUST A STORY IT IS A LIFE THROUGH PAGES AMAZING
Could not put the book down. One of those books that you cannot wait until you get home to read. Loved it.Published 15 hours ago by Jen
This book was so cliche, oh my goodness. I'd hate to complain but then again this is a review and that's what I'll do. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Kayla holback
It was a little boring at first, but everything gets exciting and intense. I even cried. I'm not usually an emotional person.Published 21 hours ago by Aaliyah Huggins
This book was just simply amazing. The way Adam and Mia fell in love through their love of music and I can't wait to read the second book and find out what happened.Published 1 day ago by lauren yother
I don't like books. And I don't read books. But book I loved. The first one I actually picked up and didn't put down till I finishedPublished 1 day ago by elyssa