|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
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 couldn’t put this down, as this book was deeply moving for me. I totally could relate to Mia in a way that I never expected to. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Grace M. Fonseca
Compelling, quick and easy read. The story was interesting, but I haven't had any interest in reading the second novel as of yet.Published 3 hours ago by Erin
This book moves back and forth alot but is very good. The ending could of been a little different but was still good though not what I expected. Brought tears to my eyes. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Monica Page
I found the love story quite delightful. The book tells you a bit of how it turns out. Looking forward to seeing the movie.Published 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I loved it!! Great, different and really "realistic" story. Very emotional... and the descriptions or the way the story is written (present time in between remembering the... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by María Fernanda Padilla Benavides
Do not read this unless you plan on keeping a case of gatorade next to you, for re-hydration.
That said, it's a wonderful book.
Couldn't put this book down! Well written and exceptional read.Published 12 hours ago by Ruth a Hatch Northam