Blog Tour: Gayle Forman Q&A for I Was Here

March 5, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Blog Tours, Books

Simon and Schuster Australia invited the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers group to ask Gayle Forman an interview question! I was lucky enough to participate and to receive an ARC (check out my review for I Was Here).

While reading the book, I was really intrigued with Cody’s way of dealing with her best friend’s suicide and her proactive way of coping. I really wanted to know what drove her and what was Gayle’s mindset when she thought about it.

Here’s my question and Gayle’s answer below:

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About the Book 

From the bestselling author of If I Stay – this summer’s YA blockbuster film.

This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.


Follow the tour here for Gayle Forman’s Q&A: 

Monday 2nd: Eugenia @ Genie in a Book
Tuesday 3rd: Kelly @ Diva Booknerd
Wednesday 4th: Nara @ Looking for the PanaceaMyra @ Pieces of Whimsy
Thursday 5th: Jeann @ Happy Indulgence
Friday 6th:  Joy @ Thoughts By J

Saturday 7th: Kiah @ Forever Kiah

The full interview will be posted on March 8 on Australian YA Bloggers.

A big thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia and Joy for organising the book blitz and interview and Kelly for the pretty graphics! Make sure you join Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers for more fun events, interviews and features.

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.


27 responses to “Blog Tour: Gayle Forman Q&A for I Was Here

  1. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    That's what I thought too, when reading the book: that Cody tried to find someone to blame for Meg's decision to commit suicide. It was interesting that it wasn't a case of self-blame throughout. Those can be so depressing to read about. Lucky you!!! Nice question pick! 🙂
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  2. Faye M.

    What a great answer. I think this goes for a lot of people who are left behind by people who ended their lives prematurely. In a way, they are in denial, they don't want to accept what happened without finding a reason WHY but sometimes it just isn't that simple.
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  3. Her behavior was scary really wasn't it, almost as though she was BECOMING Meg herself at one point. I wondered the same thing, as it seems a pretty extreme way to grieve, but I can understand Cody needing answers especially being riddled with guilt. Great question Jeann <3
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  4. I literally just read Kelly's review of this book and I am so looking forward to reading this.
    Good question there Jeann! I am curious too about how these authors come up with such ideas that make readers intrigued with their books.
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    • Thanks Ella, I always wondered how authors went into some difficult topics, and it was interesting seeing her answer.

    • Oooh if you liked her other books, I do recommend this one Christy. She acts in a pretty unconventional way!

  5. It still scares me that the suicide support groups are real. I admire the fact that Gayle was able to bring it to our knowledge, and more people need to read this book to understand how crazy these groups can be.

  6. Braine-Talk Supe

    Suicide is such a devastating thing for anybody that it touches. I always wondered about those people who work at helplines. They are heroes, it takes a lot of patience and love to just listen and talk someone out of killin themselves. The world needs more of them IMO
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