Gayle Forman Biography


Type: Author

Born: June 5, 1970


Forman began her career writing for Seventeen Magazine, with most of her articles focusing on young people and social concerns. Later she became a freelance journalist for publications like Details Magazine, Jane Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Nation, Elle Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 2002, she and her husband Nick took a trip around the world and she garnered experiences and information which later served as the basis for her first book, a travelogue, "You Can't Get There From Here: A Year On The Fringes Of A Shrinking World". In 2007, she published her first young adult novel "Sisters in Sanity" which she based on an article she had written for Seventeen.

In 2009, Forman released "If I Stay", a book about a 17-year-old girl named Mia who has been involved in a tragic car accident. The novel follows Mia's experience as she lies in a coma fully aware of what is going on around her and everything her visitors say and do. Forman won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Awards and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner for If I Stay.

In January 2013, Forman released "Just One Day". The novel follows Allyson Healey, who, on the last day of a post-graduation European tour, meets a Dutch vagabond actor named Willem. In an uncharacteristic, spur-of-the moment decision, Allyson goes to Paris with Willem, where they spend a day together before he disappears.

In January 2015, Forman released "I Was Here", about an 18-year-old girl dealing with the sudden suicide of her best friend. Movie rights to the book were picked up by New Line Cinema one month later. Forman in 2016 released her first adult novel, titled "Leave Me"


  • 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)
  • Just One Day (2013)
  • Just One Year (2013)
  • Just One Night (2014)
  • Was Here (2015)
  • Leave Me (2016)

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