S&S signs 'heartbreaking' YA by Forman

S&S signs 'heartbreaking' YA by Forman

Simon & Schuster Children’s UK has bought two new YA novels from If I Stay author Gayle Forman.

Jane Griffiths, editorial director for Children’s Fiction at S&S UK, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Michael Bourret and Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, for two books. I Have Lost My Way will publish in April 2018 as paperback original. The second book, currently untitled, is slated for April 2020.

I Have Lost My Way is the story of Freya, Harun and Nathaniel follows three teens “grappling with their own personal losses whose fates become suddenly intertwined” after an accident in Central Park. Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, it is billed as a story about “the power of friendship and being true to who you are”.

The award-winning US author's previous titles include If I Stay (Viking), which was adapted for film and starred Chloe Grace Moretz, as well as I Was Here was published by S&S Children's in 2014.

Forman said: “This book was incredibly challenging to write but the thing that kept me at it was the characters: I loved spending time with Freya, Harun and Nathaniel. I still think about them all the time. I’m so excited to introduce them to readers in the UK and am thrilled to be doing another book with S&S.”

Griffiths said Forman's book was "every bit as heartbreaking, uplifting and extraordinary as you would expect".

"From the very first moment I felt completely connected to Freya, Harun and Nathaniel, and I can’t wait for us to share their story with Gayle’s fans and beyond.”

Brooklyn-based Forman is also a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle in the US. She has sold 328,056 books making a total of £1.8m according to Nielsen BookScan.