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Gayle Forman Read Along: If I Stay

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Howdy, read alongers! We’ve officially started the IF I STAY leg of the Gayle Forman Read Along!

Well, we finished SISTERS IN SANITY and I had a blast!! It was so interesting to read a new and yet old book of Gayle’s! Now the time has come to start the leg for IF I STAY! Candice at The Grown-Up YA is hosting the read along for IIS and you can check the page breakdown of this book on her post here.

You can start posting your answers to week one’s questions tomorrow or any time thereafter! I’ve already finished the first week’s pages and it’s been great to re-read. It’s just going to be hard to stop each week!

Hope to see you all continue on with the read along! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers and discussing IF I STAY with you tomorrow!

Here’s a refresher of the schedule for each of the books and each host will have the official breakdown of which pages/chapters correspond to each week.

SISTERS IN SANITY: June – July, hosted by Judith at Paper Riot
June 12th: Questions week 1
June 19th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
June 26th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
July 3rd: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
July 10th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

Wrapped up! Thanks again to Judith for doing an awesome job hosting and coming up with some great questions!

IF I STAY: July – August, hosted by Candice at The Grown Up YA
July 17th: Questions week one
July 24th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
July 31st: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
August 7th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
August 14th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

WHERE SHE WENT: August – Sept, hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
August 15th: Questions week 1
August 21st: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
August 28th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
September 4th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
September 11th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE DAY: September – October, hosted by Jenna at Jenna Does Books
September 18th: Questions week 1
September 25th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 2nd: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
October 9th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
October 16th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE YEAR: Oct – Nov, hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide
October 18th: Questions week 1
October 23rd: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 30th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
November 6th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
November 13th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

Once again, read along participants are not obligated to read ALL of the books — You can pick and choose if you don’t have time for all of them.

Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late to join! Check out the sign-up post here and spread the word to your friends!

Sisters In Sanity – Gayle Forman

Sisters In Sanity – Gayle FormanTitle: Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman
Publishing Info: August 16, 2007 by HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary, Psych/Mental Health, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: July 3, 2013
Related Posts: If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Where She Went (If I Stay #2), Just One Day (Just One Day #1), If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Where She Went (If I Stay #2), Just One Day (Just One Day #1), Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5), I Was Here, Leave Me, I Have Lost My Way

For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, it's hard to know who she can trust. Convinced she's out of control, her father has sentenced her to Red Rock: a center for supposedly rebellious teens, where the therapy consists of name-calling and the girls who get privileges are the ones who rat out their peers.
    But then Brit meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie—four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together, they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood despite the bleak Red Rock reality.

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I was really excited to get to SISTERS IN SANITY as part of the Gayle Forman Read Along! I’m a huuuuge fan of basically every other Gayle Forman book so I was curious to pick up her first book (although technically I guess she wrote another book/memoir from a journalistic aspect? Curious.) to see how it all started!

SISTERS IN SANITY is the story of Brit, a 16-year-old girl who was raised in coffee shops amongst bands and artists until her mother starts showing serious signs of schizophrenia and her family begins to fall apart. We first meet Brit when her father, now re-married, is dropping her off at Red Rock: a facility designed to help “straighten out” trouble teens. Her once normal upbringing is now seen as wild and disrespectful and Brit struggles to understand why her father has taken such extreme measures instead of… you know… talking to her.

Brit’s story was not an easy one to read in the sense that it just broke my heart to see such disconnect between Brit and her father when they were once a happy family. Really when it comes down to it, it seems like her dad is just scared. He fell apart after her mother’s mental illness and he never quite recovered and you can tell that he’s just scared Brit is going to end up just like her mother. He can’t deal with that so he sends her to Red Rock. I don’t think HE ever realized that, but I think that’s pretty obvious to the reader!

Red Rock is a terrible place. There’s nothing awfully brutal about it, but one thing here and one thing there started adding up until I finally had it (and Brit too). I seriously got angry towards the end of the book and then the administration really started to cross the line and I lost it. It was tough to see Brit cut off from the outside world and even more tough when her dad didn’t even seem to want to make contact most of the time.

I absolutely loved the “Sisters in Sanity”, as they called themselves — Brit made a fantastic group of friends that really did become like her family. They were all different personalities, but they bonded together over their mutual hate of Red Rock and their need for some sanity in the middle of a facility that treated everyone like they were crazy when they certainly weren’t. I think V was one of my favorite characters followed closely by Bebe. They were the two Sisters that stood out the most for me and I loved their friendship with Brit!

Overall, I really enjoyed SISTERS IN SANITY but it wasn’t nearly as deeply emotional as Gayle Forman’s later books. There was a really nice romance between Brit and Jed and I definitely swooned a few times! I didn’t quite fall head over heels though. If you’re a Gayle Forman fan, SISTERS IN SANITY will be a good read for you! It’s quick, interesting, and a nice balance of light and heavy. A really funny thing was that since I’ve read the rest of Gayle’s books, I could definitely see bits and pieces of them in her first novel. I saw SO much of IF I STAY in SISTERS IN SANITY with the music background, the coffee shops… It just made that that much more anxious to start IF I STAY soon!

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Brit Hemphill // Character Obsessions: Getting out of Red Rock, standing her ground, proving she’s not crazy.
I felt so bad for Brit. She got put in Red Rock with no warning, no say, and just abandoned there, basically. She’s got a somewhat feisty personality, although not as wild as her father makes it out to be, and so she tries to fight the system which ultimately pushes her further into it. I loved how she made friends at Red Rock and essentially found a different kind of family when her actual relatives were not communicating with her or treating her well. I really liked her determination and it was interesting to get inside her head when she was thinking/worrying about her mother and if there was a chance that she could end up that way as well.
Virginia aka V // Character Obsessions: Helping Brit, sticking up for the Sisters, damning the man. V was another one of my favorite characters. She seems like a sort of protector of the group having been in Red Rock for a long time. She knows how the facility works and how to get what she wants so she was a great ally for Brit to have. V also has her own secrets as well which I found to be really interesting when the time came for that reveal!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Gayle Forman. While this wasn’t the most emotionally raw GF book, I still love her writing and it was so interesting to see aspects of future books in here!
Left Me Wanting More: Romance! We do see some of Brit & Jed and what we got was adorable. I just wished it made up a bigger part of the story in the beginning.

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I wasn’t as emotionally invested in this as other Gayle Forman books but… It’s Gayle Forman! It was really an enjoyable read and it’s a must-have to sit comfy-cozy next to my other Gayle Forman books 🙂

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Sisters In Sanity/Gayle Forman Read Along – Week 4

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It’s week FOUR of the SISTERS IN SANITY read along, part of the 5 month long Gayle Forman read along! The lovely Judith at Paper Riot is hosting the SISTERS IN SANITY part of the Gayle Forman read along and if you missed any questions or posts, you can find them all here!

Haven’t signed up for the read along yet? Don’t worry! We have lots more books coming up in the next few months!

Questions week 4
1. Brit realizes that they have nothing to fear from Red Rock. The only thing that’s keeping them back is fear itself. In what way do they fear Red Rock? What will happen now that Brit is no
longer afraid?
Well, all the girls were afraid of what the authorities would to do them if they got out of line but then they realized… It’s not much. They don’t need to be afraid because they really do hold a lot of power in their own hands. The place runs BECAUSE the authorities know they’re afraid so if they take that fear away, it takes away Red Rocks’ effectiveness.

2. Brit finds letters from her mother and grandmother. What did you feel about them? Do you think there is still hope for Brit’s mother? And how did her grandmother feel about Brit being sent to Red Rock?
Oh my gosh, the letter from her mom. I teared up a little! And her grandmother’s words too. They were so nice and I’m so glad Brit got to read those!! I think her grandmother was really unhappy with her father sending her to Red Rock but she kiiind of understood where he was coming from (even though no one liked it).

3. We find out the truth about V. What really happened to her? How do you feel about this? Were you expecting something like this?
Poor V. She was traumatized by what happened to her father and she never recovered or felt safe after that. I don’t blame her. I mean, I know it’s hard to move past something like that and I would probably feel the same way (although not for the same amount of time, I’m guessing). You know what… I actually wasn’t expecting that. To be honest, for some strange reason, I never really guessed anything about V. I guess I let the story take me where it did and I didn’t give a ton of thought to V’s story line! Shame on me.

4. What did you think of the way this book ended? Do you feel satisfied? Were there things you
didn’t like that much? What was your favorite part?
Hmmm. I liked the ending, but I also hoped for just a bit more! I’m still mad at Brit’s dad… I personally didn’t want to forgive him in the end, after all that. I’m so glad we got to see an ending with Jed! How cute is he!? I kind of melted at their reunion!  

5. What is your first thought of Sisters In Sanity? Did you enjoy it? Do you think you’ll want to read it again? If you have read Gayle Forman’s other books, did you like this one more or less?
I enjoyed it, but this is probably a one-read book. I really liked the book, but it wasn’t as…. emotional as Gayle’s other books and the thing I love the most about her other books is how raw they are (plus the romance) so I was just itching for a bit more with SIS but if you like Gayle Forman, I’d say this is a quick, easy read with the same kind of tone & feeling, just not as intense 🙂

That was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the SISTERS IN SANITY leg of the Gayle Forman read along!

There are still FOUR MORE BOOKS left in the read along and Candice is hosting IF I STAY, coming up next week! Will we see you there?

Sisters In Sanity/Gayle Forman Read Along – Week 3

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It’s week ONE of the SISTERS IN SANITY read along, part of the 5 month long Gayle Forman read along! The lovely Judith at Paper Riot is hosting the SISTERS IN SANITY part of the Gayle Forman read along and if you missed any questions or posts, you can find them all here!

Haven’t signed up for the read along yet? Don’t worry! You can still join us for SISTERS IN SANITY or any of the other four books coming up!

Questions week 3
1. Let’s talk about the most important thing here: Brit + Jed. How do you feel about them finally getting together? Do you think there’s a future for them if Brit gets out of the Red Rock?
WOOOOOO! I thought their first real moments were so sweet. For some reason I totally have a soft spot for ANY romantic scenes outdoors *cough*TheBookofBrokenHearts*cough* and I loved their little moment in Zion National Park. I’m so glad to see these two crazy kids getting together. If Jed is communicating with Brit and continuing a relationship even while she’s in Red Rocks! I’m thinking (and hoping) that he’ll stick around! 

2. When Brit gets caught, V takes the blame. Why do you think she’d do that? Do you think there’s more to V than we’ve seen so far? And why would Brit be furious? Do you think this is a normal reaction?
I think V wanted to take the blame because she’s just a good friend. She had said that she wanted Brit’s reunion with Jed to be her gift and the gift just ended up costing more than they anticipated. It really didn’t seem like she wanted Brit’s moment to be tainted because she got caught sneaking out. I also think V doesn’t really have a lot to lose by being bumped down a level. I can’t remember who said it — Martha? — but one of the sisters made the point that she’ll be out soon anyway because she’ll turn 18 soon and Brit just had so much more to lose.
I’m actually not really so sure why Brit was SO furious. I mean, I get it to a certain extent because if one of my friends did that for me, I really would be upset. I would not want my friend to make such a huge sacrifice for me, but I guess me personally, I would just have to accept it at a certain point and move on. I don’t know… It kind of bothered me a tiny bit that she was SO irate about it because it did seem a bit like she wasn’t appreciating what V did. 

3. “Maybe I was going to end up crazy too. Not the carving-my-skin, barfing-up-my-lunch, ditching-class- types that passed for crazy at Red Rock. But voices-in-my-head crazy. Crazy like my mother.” Brit is afraid she’ll end up like her mother. Why does she think this? Do you think she should feel this way? Would you feel this way?
It’s hard not to think that mental illness may be hereditary. Brit brought up that there’s always a risk for any disease — whether it be heart disease or a mental disease — that it may be hereditary so yeah, it’s a little scary! It’s hard not to have that thought in the back of your mind, hereditary disease or not. If ANYTHING was wrong with one of my parents or immediate relatives and something so serious, I would have that fear that maybe it could happen to me too. 

4. Brit’s dad comes to visit, and Brit is angry at him for sending her to the Red Rock. Why did he send her there? Do you think he even knows himself? And do you think he’s right?
I felt so, so bad for Brit. At least her dad admitted that it was his choice to send her to Red Rock and I really think he did it simply out of fear. I honestly don’t understand another reason why he would and it really seems like he’s not admitting it to himself at all. It’s easy for Brit to blame it on her stepmom but once she finds out that it really was her dad’s decision… That’s a crushing blow. I really, truly think he did it because he was afraid that Brit could end up like her mother and he just couldn’t go through that again. He acted out of fear and immediately jumped to that conclusion — much like Brit’s shrink — even though it’s not a correct assumption. 

5. And then, finally, we learn that Martha is in the hospital. For Brit, this is the final drop. She’s ready to kick some Red Rock butt. How do you feel about Martha? And what do you think Brit and the Sisters are going to do? Do you think they’ll succeed?
p212: “It was time to awaken my inner rebel, time to kick some ass.” HELL YEAH, B, YOU GO KICK SOME ASS! I was legitimately irate reading about how Martha ended up in the hospital and all of the hypothesizing (and rumors) from the Sisters that GUESS WHAT. Red Rock is going to blame poor Martha for what happened to her and not accept any blame or responsibility. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS PLACE. Can’t anyone call up some authorities and get this place shut down!? That’s abuse! These people are awful and that’s just not right. I’m right there with Brit! Bring it down! Down to the ground!

Wow, I certainly got FIRED UP in week three! What did you think of this week’s chapters??
If you haven’t linked up yet, head on over to Paper Riot and link up your posts! 

Sisters In Sanity/Gayle Forman Read Along – Week 2

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It’s week ONE of the SISTERS IN SANITY read along, part of the 5 month long Gayle Forman read along! The lovely Judith at Paper Riot is hosting the SISTERS IN SANITY part of the Gayle Forman read along and if you missed any questions or posts, you can find them all here!

Haven’t signed up for the read along yet? Don’t worry! You can still join us for SISTERS IN SANITY or any of the other four books coming up!

Questions week 2
1. “I can’t think too much about how I got here, because when I do I feel like I’ve been betrayed by you, and that makes me feel worse than everything else that’s happened.” (p. 85) Brit says that she feels betrayed by her father. In which way would she feel betrayed by him? Do you think she should feel this way?
Oh, of course. Later on in this section of chapters, Brit breaks down and even admits to Clayton of all people that she’s been betrayed, more or less. Her mom raised her to “march to the beat of her own drum”, she said, and punk rock, hair dye, and tattoos used to the the norm in their lives. That’s how it was growing up. It wasn’t until her mom started showing signs of schizophrenia and her dad ended up marrying “Stepmontster” that things started to change. What Brit once knew as normal all of a sudden wasn’t normal anymore. Oh wow, that part in the book… It just hit my heart! I felt so bad for her.

2. “Sooner or later, you’re going to have to talk about your mother, about the ways in which her nature mirrors your own.”(p. 117) When Clayton says this to Brit, Brit has a major freakout. Do you think Clayton was right to say this to Brit? Do you think she takes Brit’s mom’s illness seriously? Should she?
I don’t know if Clayton really fathoms how seriously Brit’s mom’s condition is… It seems like she’s trying to blame Brit’s “rebelliousness” (which we’ve already established is not that at all) and fit that piece into an incorrect puzzle, if you get what I’m saying. She’s trying to make those two things go together and they really don’t at all. Brit is not “crazy”, not showing real signs of mental illness — She already knows what that looks like from watching her mother break down — and it’s rude and ignorant for Clayton to try to use that to break Brit down.

3. “Crazy concept. Trusting your child.” (p. 126) Brit says this to V when they talk about how their parents trust the Red Rock instead of their own children. Do you think the parents of Red Rock girls are wrong not to trust them? Do you think it’s understandable that they trust these so-called professionals instead of their own child? Do you think all of the girls need to be locked away in a special “school”?
I think it’s tricky. Cassie’s parents seem to actually want to help her. They may not be doing it the right way (Yeah, you’re not going to “ungay” her by sending her to Red Rock…) but they actually seem to care for her and want to help her. Same with Martha’s parents — they even come for the parent visitation days! But Brit’s dad, probably Bebe’s mom, and maybe V’s parents (I feel like we don’t hear a lot about them…?) seem like they just put their children in Red Rock so they wouldn’t have to deal with disagreements, hard times, or you know… raising a teenager. It’s not all going to be sunshine and rainbows, but it seems like their parents put them in RR just to get them out of the way.
I digress… and NO. None of them really should be there… Some of them may need therapy or family counseling sessions — but probably for their family relationships and not for random, fabricated illnesses like ODD. Then again, their parents wouldn’t recognize that anyway.

4. At the end of chapter 14, there’s a bit of a cliffhanger. Brit and the Sisters are trying to sneak her out to see Jed. Do you think this will work out? And do you think that Jed will actually want to see her?
JED!!!!! Dude, it HAS to work. Personally, I think that she’ll get out (Yes, Jed will show up. He’s writing her letters about fireflies. It’s adorable) and they’ll be able to spend some time together. Things may end up REALLY CRAPPY when she gets back (getting caught, etc) but I’m looking forward to seeing more of Jed. Fingers crossed!

5. Talking about Jed and Brit: do you think there is a future for them? From what we’ve seen from Jed, he keeps reminding Brit of Fireflies, but would they work as a real couple, or does Brit just have an innocent crush?
The firefly thing is super cute. I think he likes her too! He could just write normal letters and not keep mentioning inside jokes or personal connections… I think they could really have something! Once Brit finally gets out of Red Rock…

Oooh yay, those were great questions for week two!
If you haven’t linked up yet, head on over to Paper Riot and link up your posts! 

Sisters In Sanity/Gayle Forman Read Along – Week 1

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It’s week ONE of the SISTERS IN SANITY read along, part of the 5 month long Gayle Forman read along! The lovely Judith at Paper Riot is hosting the SISTERS IN SANITY part of the Gayle Forman read along and if you missed any questions or posts, you can find them all here!

Haven’t signed up for the read along yet? Don’t worry! You can still join us for SISTERS IN SANITY or any of the other four books coming up!

So far I’m really enjoying SISTERS IN SANITY and I’m anxious to get this week’s questions!

1. What is your first impression of Brit? Do you like her as a character? And do you think she really has ODD, or is she just a teenager? I really like Brit (after all, we DO kind of share a name). I think she’s just a normal teenager, to be honest, and her parents are totally taking her appearance and “behavior” way out of context and blowing it out of proportion. I don’t for one minute think she has ODD, and I think as you read, you can tell that a lot of the girls at Red Rock don’t really have serious problems… More like overly concerned parents or ones who just want to avoid any kind of conflict or issues.

2. What is your first impression of the other girls? (V, Bebe, Martha, Cassie) Do you like them? Do you think they can be trusted? Who is your favorite? So far I don’t have them 100% straightened out in my head as characters since I met so many at ones, but I will say that they all seem to have taken nicely to Brit! I actually do trust them so far. Hmmm, who would my favorite be… I actually think V right now. She seems like kind of the ring leader and I like her role amongst the group so far!

3. We get a first glimpse of how things are handled at the Red Rock. How do you feel about this so far? Do you think the way things are handled is okay? Red Rock seems like…. a joke. It’s a place for scared or lazy parents to put their teenage kids that they don’t feel like handling and unfortunately it seems like a lot of parents have fallen victim to Red Rock’s charm! I’m curious to see if the place itself changes by the end of the book or just the characters.

4. What do you think about the story of Brit’s parents? Do you think this has anything to do with the way Brit acts now? That was a very interesting thing, finding out about Brit’s mom and also how her dad used to be. I actually don’t think Brit’s a rebel… In fact, the music, the tattoos… They were a part of her upbringing so it seems perfectly normal to me. Well, maybe I don’t condone tattoos at sixteen, but that’s how her parents used to live, especially her mom… Before everything went downhill. I think her mother’s condition definitely affected her, but not genetically and not in a way that would make her go “crazy”.

5. What is your first impression of Sisters In Sanity after the first 7 chapters? Are you enjoying it? Is this your first Gayle Forman book? I’m really enjoying it so far! It was hard to make myself stop but I’m trying to read just a little bit each week to keep along pace of the read along! By the way…. LOVED seeing Jed! Woo! I’m gonna like him, I think. This will be my 4th Gayle book so I’m no stranger 🙂 It is a little different so far from her other works. I feel less heavy right now but I feel like there’s a good romance coming on (at least a back story of a romance, hopefully more to come)!

Fun questions for week one! If you haven’t linked up yet, head on over to Paper Riot and link up your posts! 

Gayle Forman Read Along: Are You Ready??

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Hey, Read Along-ers! Get your copies of SISTERS IN SANITY ready: The Gayle Forman read along officially starts next week!

I just wanted to check in to make sure everyone’s ready and refresh everyone’s memory of the schedule. We’re kicking off the read along with the first book, SISTERS IN SANITY and all of the posts and official reading schedule for this book will be over at PAPER RIOT, hosted by Judith. You can start reading at any time, but the official start is on June 12th. Judith will have the questions posted then for the first week of the reading schedule. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Here’s a refresher of the schedule for each of the books and each host will have the official breakdown of which pages/chapters correspond to each week.

SISTERS IN SANITY: June – July, hosted by Judith at Paper Riot
June 12th: Questions week 1
June 19th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
June 26th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
July 3rd: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
July 10th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

IF I STAY: July – August, hosted by Candice at The Grown Up YA
July 17th: Questions week one
July 24th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
July 31st: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
August 7th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
August 14th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

WHERE SHE WENT: August – Sept, hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
August 15th: Questions week 1
August 21st: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
August 28th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
September 4th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
September 11th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE DAY: September – October, hosted by Jenna at Jenna Does Books
September 18th: Questions week 1
September 25th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 2nd: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
October 9th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
October 16th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE YEAR: Oct – Nov, hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide
October 18th: Questions week 1
October 23rd: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 30th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
November 6th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
November 13th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

Once again, read along participants are not obligated to read ALL of the books — You can pick and choose if you don’t have time for all of them.

Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late to join! Check out the sign-up post here and spread the word to your friends!

Gayle Forman Read Along: Sign-Ups!!

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If you read my blog, I’m sure you know that I may be borderline obsessed with Gayle Forman’s books. She’s easily one of my favorite authors and I’ve been meaning to re-read her books for a long time… The only problem was that I kept pushing off the re-reads for newer books but they’ve always sat there in the back of my mind. As I’m sure you know, JUST ONE YEAR is coming out in October (OMG) and I thought it would be a fun opportunity to do a read along for Gayle’s books leading up to the release of Just One Year in October!

I’ve also really been meaning to read Sisters in Sanity which is one of Gayle Forman’s lesser-known books and from the feedback I’ve received on Twitter, it seems like other people are interested as well! I wanted to include this one in the read along as well.

Read Along Guidelines:

  • Each book will be in traditional read along form and each week we’ll have a schedule of which chapters to read. We’ll have the typical questions and extra fun things for each week too!
  • Since this is quite a number of books to take on for a read along, if you sign up for the read along you are not obligated to read all of the books! While of course we would love for you to be there as we sob and swoon our way through all of Gayle’s books, if you want to skip the first or just come on for the last, that is totally okay!
  • Have FUN!

Since Just One Year doesn’t come out until the 15th of October, I’ll have each book span a month, but from mid-month to mid-month, if that makes sense. Here’s a tentative schedule of how I’d like to run it with the help of my wonderful co-hosts!

SISTERS IN SANITY: June – July, hosted by Judith at Paper Riot
June 12th: Questions week 1
June 19th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
June 26th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
July 3rd: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
July 10th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

IF I STAY: July – August, hosted by Candice at The Grown Up YA
July 17th: Questions week one
July 24th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
July 31st: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
August 7th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
August 14th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

WHERE SHE WENT: August – Sept, hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
August 15th: Questions week 1
August 21st: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
August 28th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
September 4th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
September 11th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE DAY: September – October, hosted by Jenna at Jenna Does Books
September 18th: Questions week 1
September 25th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 2nd: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
October 9th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
October 16th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE YEAR: Oct – Nov, hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide
October 18th: Questions week 1
October 23rd: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 30th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
November 6th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
November 13th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

I hope you’ll sign up for this exciting read along and please remember that signing up for the read along does not automatically commit you to ALL THE BOOKS! (Although we’d like you to read all of them with us!!) You can pick one book, or three books or all of them — Just let me know in the comments which books you’re intending to read so we can kind of have an idea who’s going to be involved in which month.

I hope everyone has fun with this and I can’t wait to see who joins in!! I’m really looking forward to reading through these books again, and better yet, sharing them with all the read along participants as we go through them together!!