Gayle Forman in Manila!! (Recap + Giveaway)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I know this post is long overdue (sorry, National Book Store!) but life has swallowed me whole and has just regurgitated me only recently (gross). But better late than never is my motto so if you want to relive the awesomeness of Gayle Forman being in Manila, this is the place to be! Also, this is the place to be if you want to win a signed paperback of JUST ONE DAY!


Photo credit to Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs
Above is a picture pre-event, everyone waiting for the arrival of Gayle Forman. And then here's our rockstar, GAYLE FORMAN! Seriously, you guys, she's so cool. I haven't interacted much with Gayle on Twitter so I don't know what to expect but she's soooo kind (National Book Store attested to this as well. She even gave them Gayle Forman Philippine Tour shirts! She's even wearing it!). And here's a fun fact: She's obsessed with the animated movie, Frozen. Yup! She can't help singing "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Let It Go" again and again. I KNOW. WHAT A ROCKSTAR.


Photo credits to Hazel of Stay Bookish
The next few pictures show just a fraction of those who attended the book signing. Because dude, there were LOTS.


Photo credit to Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs
Photo credit to Kai of Amaterasu Reads
And here are some pictures of yours truly with THE Gayle Forman! Thank you to Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs for my photos with Gayle!






Saying "Let it go~" with Gayle, here are the Filipino YA Book Bloggers!


Photo credit to Dea of Teen Readers' Diary
Photo credit to Kai of Amaterasu Reads
And yes, I'm wacky like that. Haha!

For all of us wanting more of Gayle's writing, she has a book coming out this 2015 entitled I WAS HERE. Linked is the Goodreads page and all she said about it is that it's gonna be dark. From Goodreads: "The story follows Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend Meg's suicide, as she delves into Meg's secret life in search of answers." Personally, I am TOTES excited.

Because I suck at taking down notes and I was transfixed and so staring at Gayle during the event, just refer to this recap by Elyssa and Celine of Two Ends of a Bookshelf for some interesting tidbits we learned! And if you want the whole summary of EVERYTHING as she recorded it, check out this recap of Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs!

And because I'm getting older, I even forgot to take a picture of my signed goodies for this post. So I'll just add that in here tomorrow. (Because don't you know, I'm at my aunt's just to post this!)

To the good stuff! I'm giving away a signed paperback of JUST ONE DAY with a special message of "Let it go..." from Gayle Forman! All you have to do is accomplish the entries in the Rafflecopter below. Open to Philippine residents only!



Sab of Sab The Book Eater is also giving away a signed copy of IF I STAY and a bookmark! Open to Philippine residents only. Go go enter!

26 comments:

  1. This signing event looked so fun! My heart breaks a little whenever I view your pictures of the event on Facebook. Someday, someday..

    Favourite Frozen song.. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman. No brainer. That song reduced me to tears when I watched the movie.

    I only read If I Stay/Where She Went and my favourite's the latter. I enjoyed Adam's POV more than Mia's.. maybe because the book was set years after the accident and they were a bit mature (or supposed to be mature). I'm quite excited about this new book. If you can remember, I love reading dark-themed books and I Was Here reminds me so much of Hold Still--best friend committed suicide, the one left behind seeks answers.

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    1. Signing events are always fun! I do hope we can see you soon Charlie and that you can go to a signing event!

      Gayle kept on singing Do You Wanna Build a Snowman and it was so cute. Hee. I admit I've only read IF I STAY and I would have given that away if I didn't wrongfully buy an extra copy of JUST ONE DAY. I'm so excited to read WHERE SHE WENT although not that much as well because I'm afraid of the feels and the tears! And actually, I remembered you when Gayle was telling us about her upcoming novel with suicide in it. Hee. Thanks for dropping by! <3

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    2. Or I think I loved Where She Went because I'm in for artists who seems to be perfect on the outside but broken inside. Mia and Adam actually reminds me of August's parents in August Rush. His mother was playing cello and his father was in a band, right? I started imagining Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell when I was reading Where She Went.. or at least a younger version of them. Haha!

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  2. Nope, I haven't watch Frozen yet but I heard one of its soundtrack, Let it Go and I really like it. And my favorite would be Where She Went. I cried a lot while reading that book. It's a beautiful book. :)

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    1. Watch Frozen soon, Alyssa! Everyone's saying that about WHERE SHE WENT and I can't wait to read it! Soon, soon. I'll be free this summer and I WILL read it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Yeah I have watched frozen and I like the Let it Go song. I got quite teary eyed. hehe :p

    Truth be told, Gayle Forman is the reason why I'm back to reading books! I love Where She Went---I could relate much. Cried a lot too!! :)

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    1. It seems like everyone loves WHERE SHE WENT the most! Thanks for commenting Lily!

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  4. Oh, I'm so glad you had tons of fun, Dianne! I wish I had been there. Gayle Forman is just an amazing, amazing author and I can't wait to start Just One Day. The US paperback on my shelf is so pretttyyyyh:) Thanks for this awesome recap, hon! I love reading signing recaps:)

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    1. Maybe we should read it together, Siiri! If you won't be reading it anytime soon. Like, real soon. I'm quite busy these days. Thank you for checking out my recap and I hope you got to live vicariously through it! :D

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  5. Awww, so late but oh well! I can see my derp face in one of the photos lololol.

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    1. You're not alone. My derp faces are everywhere. Haha! Thanks for dropping by, Kayla! *hugs*

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    1. T_T is an understatement, Gavriel. Thanks for checking out my recap!

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  7. I really really want to attend more book signings but unfortunately we live far from Manila or Cebu. I hope to attend one soon during the summer. I really haven't read anything but Gayle Forman but have always wanted to give it a try. :)

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    1. You should definitely read her novels, Jillian! And I wish you can attend signings in the near future! Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. I have and I love Frozen! Watched it twice. :)) Love the song Do you wanna build a snowman and Let it go. Sooooo nice. <3 Thanks Dianne for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Everyone loves those two songs! Thanks for dropping by, Lexie!

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  9. I regret not coming to the book signing event. I've watched Frozen and I love it! I love "Let It Go" and "For The First Time in Forever" my 4 y/o niece keeps on singing and acting it when I'm at home. I've only read If I Stay from her books and I'm planning to read Where She Went and Just One Day/Year.

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  10. my lovely nieces love it and so do I! "Let It Go" has been on repeat for days at home :) I actually ship Jack Frost and Elsa and i have been on youtube scouring for the best vid that depicts the best two together! hehehe! I wasn't able to attend the book signing at my place coz a huge festival was going on and i got into an unfortunate vehicular accident that day Feb.19 got injured :( and so sad to missed a lot of events that day!!!

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  11. Nope, I haven't seen it yet, but i love the soundtrack sung by Demi Lovato Let it go.Just One Day is one of my fave! Thanks for the chance! :D

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  12. Yes, I have and I definitely loved the song Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman. I actually haven't read any of Gayle Forman's books but I bet they're really good based from what I heard and the positive reviews I've been seeing on GR. Her book, If I Stay, has been sitting on my bookshelf since but I still haven't have the time to read it, although, I'm so excited to get started with it!

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  13. Frozen is playing infinite loop in our place coz of my nieces and I love it - I love Do you wanna build a snowman. I havent read Gayle Forman's books but read very good reviews about Where she went & Just One Day - hope to win so I can read her books.

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  14. Yeah! And my favorite song? Definitely Let it Go. I'm a huge fan of Demi Lovato, so the first version I've heard was of hers. Then i watched the movie. And also love the version there. Oh! Where She Went was my favorite. :) I wasn't able to read Just One Day series, but it's on my TBR :)

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  15. Yep! Love Do You Want to Build a Snowman. My favorite Gayle Forman book is Just One Day. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  16. Not yet! I know, such a shame :(

    Where she went!! just ugh <3

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