Posts Categorized: Gayle Forman

I Was Here: Review

I Was Here: Review

I’m not really a contemporary person, but I am very much a Gayle Forman person. With that said, I’m not sure anyone could be more disappointed than I am that I did not love this book. Forman’s prose and storytelling talent have shown me the heights of what contemporary can achieve in her previous duologies. I do think, honestly, that she is near peerless within her genre. So what left me so cold about her most recent release? A thing with me is that books take on their own “color” and mood. The experience of reading this book felt just like being under a constant cover of gray skies. There was so little in the way of hope or optimism. Which is fine, I suppose. But even if you’re going to stick readers with difficult emotions there should at least be some sort of catharsis. Unfortunately, even that fell through…. Read more »

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If I Stay film review + book giveaway

If I Stay film review + book giveaway

Earlier this week, I attended an If I Stay screening at at The Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood. Since Gayle Forman’s book is the first contemporary YA novel I loved since I rediscovered young adult literature, it was a pretty big deal to me that the film adaptation is a good one. And friends, you’re going to love this film. You’re going to love it so much. I’ve been a fan of director R.J. Cutler’s since his documentary The September Issue so I knew the film would be in good hands, but I was still overcome by how intensely true to the spirit of the book this adaptation was. It captures so many of the things I love about the source material: characters with strong identities, warm relationships with family and friends, emotional depth, complex themes, serious consideration over what you’re supposed to do with your future, and an… Read more »

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Yallfest, Y’all! event recap + giveaway

Yallfest, Y’all! event recap + giveaway

Hey, y’all. I just got back from a glorious five days in Charleston, South Carolina where I visited friends, basked in the friendliness of the south, and had the BEST TIME EVER at Yallfest–a free festival held every year in Charleston, organized in part by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. I’ve not been to many book festivals aside from the bookish panels at SDCC and all its attending craziness, so I was pleasantly surprised by the smaller scope of Yallfest. The panels felt so intimate and unhurried, and gave an insight into the authors and their stories I hadn’t seen in person before. Plus, with signings on such a smaller scale than typical, it gave the authors an opportunity to give each person a moment of personal attention, instead of having to hurry through the line like usual. (Though the lines were very long in some cases.) I was so pleasantly… Read more »

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Just One Year: review

Just One Year: review

Just One Day was one of my favorite books of 2013.  It follows a young American woman, Allyson, as she abandons her tour group on a senior class trip to embark on an impulsive, one-day-long romance in Paris with a worldly young Dutchman named Willem.  And when that day is over, Allyson picks up the pieces and spends the next year reassembling herself and growing into a strong, independent woman who fits into the big world that has always existed outside the safe confines of her upper middle-class existence. That book works largely because of Allyson.  She is such a gift of a narrator, and feels so incredibly real to me  She’s the kind of young woman I imagine my mother might once have been. And while I loved Allyson (maybe because I loved her), I felt deeply distrustful of Willem.  He is just so, so similar to who I… Read more »

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Just One Day: review

Just One Day: review

Title: Just One DayAuthor: Gayle FormanRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: January 8, 2013Age Group: YASource: PurchasedYou know how, after reading a disappointing YA novel, we list a bunch of things we wish the author had done…well, Gayle Forman actually does them. Just One Day is a coming-of-age story. It’s about a girl who meets a boy on a train. She abandons her plans and they spend a day together in Paris. In one day, the girl lets slip all of her inhibitions and takes chances; confesses thoughts that have never until now fully made themselves known; and begins to hope for a future she never realized she wanted. And then it is taken away from her. At the brink of a new beginning, it is ended. The girl leaves a lot of herself in Paris, in that one night, with that boy. The struggle now is to learn to live… Read more »

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