Life Lessons from ‘I Was Here’ Author Gayle Forman

Life Lessons from ‘I Was Here’ Author Gayle FormanGayle Forman has a knack for writing prose not only beautiful, but impactful. Regardless of what she’s saying, it always packs an emotional punch. In honor of the paperback release of Forman’s I Was Here, we’re participating in a giveaway of Forman’s entire paperback collection –  and I’m going to share one of my favorite quotes from a Forman novel.

Forman’s Just One Day tells the story of Allyson, a girl who spends a life-changing day with a near-stranger, Willem, during a trip abroad. The follow-up book, Just One Year, tells Willem’s story as he attempts to track down Allyson, without even knowing her real name. Throughout the course of the book Willem struggles with the line between leaving everything up to fate and making his own fate. Just when Willem is starting to give up hope, he gets this much-needed reality check:

“Nothing happens without intention, Willem. Nothing. This theory of yours – life is ruled by accidents – isn’t that just one huge excuse for passivity?”

I love this quote because it doesn’t discount the fact that strange, unexpected things can happen that change the course of your life, but realistically points out the necessity of trying when there is something you want. It’s easy for teenagers to romanticize the idea of fate and things happening for a reason. It’s a nice notion, until you end up with the short end of the stick and think that’s just the way it is. But it’s really not – through Willem, Forman shows the importance of making an effort. Things may not always go your way, but sometimes they will, and you never know if you don’t try.

Keep reading for a giveaway, and let us know your favorite Gayle Forman quotes or life lessons in the comments!


And now for the giveaway! Whether you’re a longtime Gayle Forman fan looking to complete your collection, or you’re just getting started, this giveaway will give you everything you need to catch up on all things Gayle Forman.

Five winners will receive paperback copies of:

  • I Was Here
  • Just One Day / Just One Year / Just One Night (Box Set)
  • If I Stay / Where She Went (Box Set)

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Open to US addresses only. Prizing courtesy of Penguin Young Readers. Giveaway closes 2/15/16.

To learn more about Gayle Forman, visit her official website or follow her on twitter @gayleforman.

Tara Talks: Episode Five (The one with Book Boyfriends)

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(Image Credit: Tara Robinson / The Daily Quirk)

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2014 Soundtracks: On Top and On Tap

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Film)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Film)

Soundtracks are a vital part of any movie- strip a movie of its music and you could wind up with an entirely different feel altogether. With 2014 being such a great year in film, it’s a given that it would be an outstanding year for the soundtrack. Here’s the best of the best with a sneak peek at the great listening that is yet to come! Continue reading

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5 Reasons to see ‘If I Stay’!

IF I STAY (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

IF I STAY (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

The end of summer can seem tragic. So, closing this season with a film whose plot will leave you knowing your life is way less sad than you actually thought it was, seems like a pretty smart way to spend a final weekend out with your hometown friends and find some personal end-of-summer personal resolution. If I Stay is a romantic drama that follows Mia, who experiences a difficult internal struggle as she debates her own reasons for human existence. Aside from tugging at your heartstrings, we have 5 more reasons you should make sure to get to the theaters to see If I Stay, and trust us, you’ll want to stay from opening trailers to end credits- no ifs, ands or buts about it! Continue reading

Which YA Book to Movie or TV Adaptations are you most excited to see?

POLL: Which YA Book to Movie or TV Adaptation are you most excited to see?

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With the rights to so many Young Adult Books being scooped up for potential movie and television adaptations, it looks like the next few years will be filled with plenty of forbidden romances, dystopian societies, and supernatural creatures! Daily Quirk Blogger Mallory Walker’s recent article on YA Adaptations gave you all the latest news on what projects to expect in the next year, and after reading it we want to know which young adult book to movie or television adaptation are you most excited to see?

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Is Gayle Forman’s If I Stay finally making its way to the big screen with Chloe Grace Moretz?

Is Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ finally making its way to the big screen with Chloe Grace Moretz?

Is Gayle Forman’s If I Stay finally making its way to the big screen with Chloe Grace Moretz?

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Is Gayle Forman’s If I Stay finally making its way to the big screen with Chloe Grace Moretz in the starring role of Mia? It looks like the answer is, yes! That may be hard to believe for some, who have been excited about talks of this book to movie adaptation in the past, only to be let down as directors and actors fell through. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman

Death is not an uncommon concept in young adult fiction. Whether it’s death of a friend or parent, the impending death of one’s self, or even the undead, death in general is a central theme in tons of YA novels. And yet there is something unique about Gayle Forman’s take on the matter in If I Stay, which follows the thoughts of a girl in between life and death. A concept that could have been morbid and melodramatic instead reads as a thoughtful celebration of life. Continue reading