Forman began her career writing for Seventeen Magazine in which most of her articles focused on young people and social concerns. Later she became a freelance journalist for publications like Details Magazine, Jane Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Nation, Elle Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.
From her journeys around the world, Gayle garnered a wealth of experiences and information which later served as a basis for her first book- You Can't Get There From Here: A Year On The Fringes Of A Shrinking World. Her most recent novel If I Stay is about a 17 year old girl who has been involved in a tragic car accident.
Gayle resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter, and adopted daughter.