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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
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
From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay
Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcasepacked, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s storyJust One Yearis coming soon!
About the Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
Praise for Just One Day…
“[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
"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.'"
"As [Allyson] blossoms a. . . the novel becomes absorbing, and readers will find themselves rooting for Allyson’s more autonomous and interesting self."