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A duet of books on how one day can change everything. . .
Allyson & Willem meet by happenstance and spend an extraordinary day in
Paris before losing each other. Each
book follows one of the character’s point of view on what happens in Paris and
afterwards as they attempt to find each other again. A lovely, thoughtful
coming of age story guaranteed to make you fall in love and ignite your
wanderlust! Connie of Books
Inc. Opera Plaza
Ah, traveling. You are always absolutely at the right age for it. But
let's face it -- sometimes, you go traveling and you're not entirely sure
if you're "good" at it. Enter sheltered Jewish-American, introverted good
girl Allyson, traveling Europe with a group of other high school seniors.
It should be an excellent time for an 18-year-old girl about to embark upon
her college years when she gets back home. But Allyson isn't actually
having fun. She's doing her best to make everything "worth it", but it's
difficult when it feels like she's on this trip to keep her parents
happy.Everything changes when she goes to an underground
performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in London, where she meets the
handsome Willem, and sparks fly. Taking a huge leap of faith, Allyson becomes
"Lulu" and does things she'd never do as Allyson -- including going off to
Paris with Willem for one day. In what becomes the most perfect day of her
life, everything works out for best...except for the part where she wakes up
the next morning and Willem is gone, leaving her alone in Paris. She spends
the next year feeling listless, and her once-excellent grades take the hit.
Eventually, she finds that to mend the hole in her heart, she must return to
Paris to break free of the shackles of her scripted life. She goes back
looking for Willem, but in the end, as cheesy as it is, she finds herself.
A surprisingly excellent bildungsroman showing a different type of growth
that many of the quiet young adults could be afraid of, this is something
I'd recommend to those traveling or studying abroad and are unsure if
they're doing the right thing. (John Green himself recommended this, so if
you don't believe me, believe him!) To be followed by Just
One Year, detailing Willem's events after he and Allyson are separated. And I
am so excited that I want to cry.Robbin, Compass Books, Terminal 2
“Filled with the ups and downs of self-discovery, Forman's new book tells the story of Allyson and her uncharacteristic decision to travel to Paris for one day with Willem, whom she met during a Shakespeare performance in England. The connection between Willem and Allyson flourishes during their trip, which makes it even more shocking when the next morning Willem has disappeared. Allyson's quick return to the United States thrusts her into a year of questioning her path and discovering her interests. The story leaves you holding your breath for the follow-up novel!”
— Kerry Barmann, Kids Ink, Indianapolis, IN
“[Forman’s] very good on travel’s expansive effects, the fluidity of teenage identity and the yearning for reinvention, how fleeting encounters can transform us.”
-New York Times Book Review
* “Offering mystery, drama, and an evocative portrait of unrequited love, this open-ended novel will leave fans eagerly anticipating the companion story.”
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Reading like a teen version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, this tale of romance and mystery engages readers and will cause them to examine their definitions of love and self-identity."
-SLJ, starred review
"As [Allyson] blossoms a. . . the novel becomes absorbing, and readers will find themselves rooting for Allyson’s more autonomous and interesting self."
"Romantics will get swept up in the story, which has it all: true love, Paris, Shakespeare, and yes, hte notion that 'anything can happen in just one day.'"