Thursday, April 7, 2011


Whether you've been with us for a few years or just a few days, you'll know that if we love anyone in this world, we love Gayle Forman.

A few years ago, we were overwhelmed by IF I STAY. When heard there would be a sequel, we were elated.

Finally, when we read the ARC of said sequel we were swept away.

So...when we learned that Gayle Forman would be launching WHERE SHE WENT by giving a reading (and cupcakes!) her neighborhood Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, we decided we had to go.

And we did.

While we munched on red-velvet cupcakes and vegan carrot cake, Gayle read the subway chapter and the Adam-becomes-a-guy chapter.

Then, she answered questions. Here are some of her thoughts:

On Inspiration: Though she hadn't initially planned to write a sequel to IF IT STAY, when she finished, she felt a weight of responsibility for where she left Adam and Mia, so she decided to see what happened to them.

On Writing from a Male Point-of-View: Try to avoid using the word "lovely."

On the Scene on the Bridge: She said it was both hard and gratifying to write. (If you haven't read WSW yet, when you do, you'll understand why.) And, she said, there were a lot of rewrites.

On Music and Writing: Music is a big part of the book, but Gayle wrote in dead silence until the scene when Adam began to find meaning in it again. Cool, huh?

On a Real-Life Band to which Shooting Star might compare: She doesn't know.

It was a great night, and so fun to be a part of it.

Thank you, Gayle, for the cupcakes! And the carrot cake! And for your amazing books!

We love you!

For more on the launch and for a chance to win a signed copy of WHERE SHE WENT, visit Frankie's Blog.


  1. Sounds like it was awesome to meet Gayle. You're lucky that you get to meet so many authors.

  2. Sounds great!! Wish I could've been there, too.

  3. Thanks for the recap! We loooved IF I STAY and would have loved to be there for the launch of WHERE SHE WENT. Alas, we live in Cincinnati. :P

    (We're kind of like the FNC too! 4 ladies looking to make a career in YA.)


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