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Blog Tour
September 9, 2013 posted by Nichole

Just One Year Blog Tour – Guest Post by Gayle Forman

Welcome to the Just One Year blog tour! After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Allyson’s journey in Just One Day ended. In honor of the world-spanning romance, we asked author Gayle Forman to share her memories for 12 different cities, each of which is featured in either Just One Day or Just One Year (or both!). Follow along on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout September as Gayle tells her story in anticipation of the October release of Just One Year!

gayle forman small cropGayle Forman (www.gayleforman.com) is an award-winning, international bestselling author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of the companion title Just One Day, as well as New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went, and Sisters in Sanity (HarperTeen). Follow Gayle on Twitter @gayleforman.




So here’s a funny story about Cancun. Having not been there in more than 20 years and knowing that Allyson and Willem’s stories would be set in the area, I decided to go on a research trip. In my family, that trip was called Spring Break.


I wanted to get a sense of the kind of megaresort Allyson would stay at. As luck would have it, when we were renting a car at the airport upon our arrival, one of those timeshare salespeople approached us and invited us to tour a resort for the day. She offered to subsidize our car rental if we went. I was like, double win! Research problem solved and subsidized. The catch was I had to bring my family but I was promised the kids could swim—and there was a lazy river—so triple win!


Except after four hours of touring the resort, the lazy river was a mirage. The kids were sick of looking at model rooms, especially ones where jumping on the beds was prohibited. I tried to end the tour and get us to the pool, but before they set you free on one of these things, they take you in a room and punch numbers and try to persuade you to part with tens of thousands of dollars that day to purchase two weeks of vacation property a year.


We weren’t buying. As a last-ditch effort, a supervisor was brought in for the Heavy Sell. A former Mexican TV star, he first tried to 9780525425922_medium_Just_One_Yearcharm us, and when I informed him we were not buying under any circumstances, he started screaming at us, hurling insults about the patheticness of our lives back home. “You live your life in a box!” he said with a disgusted sneer. (Now, my first New York apartment was rather shoebox-like, but I am pretty sure he was being metaphorical.)


The takeaway:  #1) There really is no such thing as a free lunch. My bad for sneaking on the tour all undercover-like. #2) You should always be nice to people because being a dick only makes you feel like a dick. #3) Don’t mess with writers because we will have the last laugh. See Jonny Maximo in Just One Year.


Just One Year Synopsis


After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.


Follow the Just One Year blog tour to see all of Gayle’s posts!


9/2: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

9/4: The Compulsive Reader

9/6: Alice Marvels

9/9: Yareads

9/11: The Flyleaf Review

9/13: The Young Folks

9/16: The Story Siren

9/18: Cuddlebuggery

9/20: Books With Bite

9/23: Forever Young Adult

9/25: Once Upon a Twilight

9/27: Me, My Shelf, and I

Waiting on Wednesday (21)
Waiting on Wednesday
December 19, 2012 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday (21)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Published by Dutton Juvenile

To be released on January 8th, 2013

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Book Reviews
July 8, 2010 posted by Christina

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

“Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left – the most important decision she’ll ever make.”

If I Stay is without a doubt one of the most powerful books you’ll ever read. At just 17 years old, Mia’s life is only just beginning. She has a beautiful and loving family, a great boyfriend, a caring best friend, as well as being a talented cellist who is on the verge of being accepted into the prestigious Julliard. On a day that started out as an innocent family outing, a car accident brings her life to a grinding halt as just about everything she cares about is taken away from her.

Stuck in a limbo state, her spirit looks on as doctors struggle to put the pieces of her battered body together. With only the ability to helplessly look on as the news of the accident gets around, Mia is left with one choice: should she live or die?

To say this book is a page turner or unputdownable is not really enough. This book is both heartbreaking and moving, but above all, beautiful. It’s one of those stories that has the unique ability to transcend above the YA category to speak to readers of all ages.

If I Stay reveals human nature when it’s struck by one of the most crippling emotions: grief. It shows how grief affects people differently and can bring people together when your world has been taken apart. This grief is demonstrated by two sides – by Mia as she comes to terms what has happened to her family, as well as when she contemplates death, she grieves for her own life and the possibilities that seem lost to her now. Grief and worry is also shown by Mia’s relatives, some are reduced to tears, others stay strong while some opt for distraction and denial.

The story is skillfully written, really gripping you with Mia’s progress while also taking you back to Mia’s memories and we slowly get to know more about her and how much she’d be leaving behind if she decides to go.

All the themes and issues in If I Stay all come back to one main point – love, in its many forms. The love between family, the love Mia has for her boyfriend, best friend and the love she has for music. This love is what makes the difference when deciding on choosing life – can you still love after you’ve lost? Is it enough and is there love in places and in people right there where you never thought to look? On top of all this, not once do you feel the story is getting melodramatic or sappy.

The characters are incredible in If I Stay and what makes some of them so powerful is their subtleties in the way they convey their thoughts and emotions. One of the stand out was Mia’s Grandpa, he was a strong silent man but in a few lines and simple gestures he could melt your heart. Mia’s brother Teddy had a sweetness that only comes with being so young while her parents and boyfriend, Adam showed depth not only in their love for Mia but also in their way of thinking. Her best friend Kim had such great wit and humor that helped to lighten the story.

Can I say anything bad about this book? Not really, other than it’ll make you cry, no, ball your eyes out, so I’d suggest arming yourself with a box of tissues.

If I Stay is the type of book that will linger in your heart and long after you turn the last page it will make you ask, if you had the choice, would you stay?

Pages: 259
Publication Date: April 2009
Rating: : ★★★★★

Teaser quote: “Stay.” With that one word, Adam’s voice catches, but he swallows the emotion and pushes forward. “There’s no word for what happened to you. There’s no good side of it. But there is something to live for. And I’m not just talking about me.”