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Gayle Forman is an American journalist and an award-winning and New York Time bestselling author.

Born in Los Angeles, she has written a number of bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just One Series, I Was Here, Where She Went and the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into over 40 languages.

In 2014, If I Stay was adapted into a major motion picture featuring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

Gayle currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Nick Tucker and their daughters.

More about Gayle Forman

Genres: Contemporary , Young Adult

Born: 1970

United States


Non Series

  • You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World (2005)
  • Sisters in Sanity (2007)
  • If I Stay (2009)
  • Where She Went (2011)
  • I Was Here (2015)
  • Leave Me (2016)
  • Pour Your Heart Out (2018)
  • I Have Lost My Way (2018)

Just One Series

  1. Just One Day (2013)
  2. Just One Year (2013)
  3. Just One Night (2014)
  4. Just One (2017)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World

What happens when cable televangelism and gay pride lock horns on a deserted Polynesian island? How about when Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien arrives in newly independent Kazakhstan? And when DNA tests confirm the existence of a mythical lost tribe of Israel?

Journalist Gayle Forman, in this collection of witty and touching tales, takes readers to the physical and cultural fringes of the earth as she communes with lovelorn transvestites, persecuted punk rockers, unemployed prostitutes, and guerrilla linguists, who all show the human side of globalization.

Traveling with her husband, Forman also provides a deep personal picture of marriage and globetrotting.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1594865510
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sisters in Sanity

Ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you are so sure of yourself yet no one else will listen to you?

For Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes to pass when she is enlisted by her dad at Red Rock—a bogus treatment center claiming to cure rebellious teen girls.

There, the sixteen-year-old is forced into therapy; with her hope of getting her life back resting in the hands of an underqualified group of counselors, an uncompromising Sheriff and an uncaring shrink.

Whereas her dad thinks that Red Rock will help save her deviant daughter, Brit is convinced that the place is doing more harm than good to her.

It’s hard to know who to trust in a place when ratting on your peer earns you privileges.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0060887490
Publisher: HarperTeen
If I Stay

“It was a day that began just like any other…”

A loving family, a handsome and caring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and choices; seventeen year old Mia had it all.

Then all that is nearly taken away from her in an instant. Caught between life and death, and between a happy past and a mysterious future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she is left with—one that is quite rightly the most important decision of her life.

This tragic romantic is a touching story about memory, music, living, dying and loving.

If I Stay
Director: R. J. Cutler
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Aisha Hinds
Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0142415436
Publisher: Speak
Where She Went

 “Three years have passed since the terrible accident…three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life.”

Years later after the dramatic conclusion of If I Stay, Where She Went is a continuation of the story of Adam and Mia, from Adam's point of view.

Adam's career has incredibly skyrocketed ever since Mia left. His album, a product of the agony and pain of their breakup, has made him a certified L.A star. Mia too isn’t faring off badly, as her impeccable skills as a cello artist has her playing in some of the finest venues in the world.

When their past collides in New York City, the outcome is one single night reunion with greatly satisfying results.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0142420898
Publisher: Speak
I Was Here

“She is left devastated and heartbroken after her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room.”

Cody and Meg shared everything, so how come there were no warning signs?

When she travels to Meg’s college town to collect the belongings left behind, Cody is shocked to learn that there were several things that Meg never shared with her. About her old roommates, about Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and some secrets and about an encrypted computer file.

When Cody finally opens the encrypted computer file, several questions arise regarding the death of her best friend.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0147514035
Publisher: Speak
Leave Me

“An incredible observer of human nature, Gayle Forman tells a sympathetic story of the secret and guilty fantasy of many overworked moms.”

Maribeth Klein is the typical overworked parent. She is so busy that she doesn’t realize she is having a heart attack. And even after undergoing heart surgery, she cannot recuperate as she is severely depended upon by her family.

Overwhelmed, she does the unthinkable act of packing a bag and running away from home.

Far from the tedious demands of family and her career, it’s only then that Maribeth realizes what she is really running away from.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1616207328
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pour Your Heart Out

Pour Your Heart Out is in part a guided journal, a quote book, and basically your new BFF.

A fully illustrated journal with inspiring quotes from award-winning author Gayle Forman, it comes with creative prompts to encourage creativity and self-expression.

So it doesn’t matter whether you’re embarking on a new adventure, going through a rough patch or crushing over your lab partner, Pour Your Heart Out will be there for you!

This book is perfectly suited for any teen or adult.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0425290460
Publisher: Penguin Books
I Have Lost My Way

“A fateful accident will bring together three strangers over the course of a single day.”

Freya has just lost her voice while recording her debut album.

Harun is seriously making plans of running away from everyone he has ever loved.

Nathaniel has just arrived in New York City. Equipped with only a backpack, he has a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose.

As they go about their day and their secrets unravel, the three learn that overcoming their own loss sometimes lies in helping others overcome their own.

This is an emotional story of losing love, finding love, and discovering who you are meant to be.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0425290781
Publisher: Penguin Books

Just One Series

Just One Day

“Often, the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.”

What’s the similarity between Allyson Healey’s life and her suitcase? They are both packed, planned and ordered. That’s however until she meets Willem on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour.

A free-spirited, wanderlust actor, Willem is everything she’s not. So when he invites her to ditch her plans and travel to Paris with him, Allyson says yes.

Uncharacteristic in every sense of the word, the decision will change Allyson’s life forever. The next 24 hours will be full of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy.

A tale of love, heartache, globetrotting and random acts of fate, this book shows us how sometimes you first have to get lost in order to get found.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0142422953
Publisher: Speak
Just One Year

Upon opening his eyes, Willem hasn’t got a clue where he is. Could it be Prague, Dubrovnik or home in Amsterdam? All he knows is that he is alone—not for the first time—and that he needs to find a girl by the name Lulu.

The two shared one magical day in Paris and something about that day just makes him wonder if fate has something good planned for them.

Being the globetrotter that he is, Willem travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to find her. But as the days become months and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts questioning fate.

This is an emotional, romantic story about the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find in between.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0142422960
Publisher: Speak
Just One Night

Reserved American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey spent one life-changing day in Paris with the free-spirited Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, only to learn that her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

Just One Day told of Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem whereas Just One Year followed the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

In this final installment of the Just One Series, the couple write their final chapter in a tale of love, fate, kissing and closure.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00JJXV3OQ
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Just One

This story all began when American good girl Allyson Healey, fondly known as Lulu, decides to spend just one day in Paris with the free-spirited Dutch eye candy Willem De Ruiter.

Their 24 hours in the French capital is a fast pacing romance full of adventure, until the following day when Willem disappears without a trace.

For the next one year, the two will travel the world looking for each other; eventually ending in a touching and steamy reunion.

Just One is a single volume containing all three books of Gayle Forman’s bestselling fiction series, Just One. It includes: Just One Day, Just One Year, and the novella Just One Night.

Author: Gayle Forman
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0451478795
Publisher: Speak