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ISBN13: 9780525425915
ISBN10: 0525425918
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From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, 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 shes 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 Allysons 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. Willems story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Review:

"The love story in Forman's If I Stay and Where She Went was wrapped in the finality of death. This story — about the romance between Allyson, a recent high school grad, and Willem, a handsome Dutch actor she meets during a whirlwind tour of Europe — is built around uncertainty and a kind of loss that's more akin to an open wound. Upon meeting, the two take an impulsive trip to Paris, but Willem disappears and Allyson is left stranded. Back in the U.S., Allyson is unable to wipe Willem from her mind, and her carefully planned future takes unexpected turns. In a romance that never quite answers the question 'Whatever happened to Willem?' Forman explores how travel can lead to surprises and a redefinition of self. In college, Allyson breaks away from her mother's expectations, realizes her passion for theater and language, and tries to gather clues about Willem's whereabouts. Offering mystery, drama, and an evocative portrait of unrequited love, this open-ended novel will leave fans eagerly anticipating the companion story — written from Willem's perspective — due in fall 2013. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, theres an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

 

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willems story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Synopsis:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

About the Author

Melissa Jensen lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
Just One Day was a gorgeous contemporary read. It gave me all the best kind of feelings, including resurrecting my suppressed desire to be an expatriate. Really, it only took two chapters to make me want to sell everything I own and hop on a plane to anywhere but here.

I went into the book thinking it would be a swoon worthy tale of angsty romance, and while there was definitely some swooning, some romance and some angst, the true heart of the book was Allyson’s journey of self-discovery.

Allyson was one of those characters I just instantly connected with. She was easy to relate to, because like her, I’m at a point in my life where I’m a little lost and knowing that a change needs to happen but not knowing what direction to take. I doubt there is a person in the world who hasn’t felt that way at some point. And of course there are times when Allyson’s naivety and occasional lack of a backbone, especially when it comes to her mother and her best friend, are very frustrating, but watching her pull herself together and become her own person was nothing short of inspirational. Forman’s writing is brilliant, and the voice she gives Allyson makes it easy to feel everything she is feeling, and to understand why she feels that way, even when you are internally screaming at her to make better life choices.

I don’t really have a lot to say about Wilhelm. While I didn’t hate him, I didn’t love him either. My feelings for him are pretty ambivalent. He’s definitely mysterious, and charming in his own ways, but I have to admit that I didn’t really understand how/why Allyson fell for him as fast and quickly as she did, or why it affected her so deeply. It just wasn’t one of those romances that had me squealing all over the place. That being said, I’m looking forward to getting into his head in the follow-up, Just One Year.

This was just a really great read, as I’ve come to expect from this particular author, one I’m sure I’ll revisit again and again.
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Lilian Cheng, July 18, 2013 (view all comments by Lilian Cheng)
Just One Day is a surprising book, it's warm and charming, but also unexpectedly powerful. From the title, I thought I knew what the entire book would be about: a girl falls in love in a day, and the couple triumphs amongst naysayers who claim you can't love someone without "knowing" them. But Gayle Forman's Just One Day is so much more than that. Just One Day isn't about romance (don't worry, there's a bunch of that too) so much as about a reserved girl learning who she is, and who she wants to be. And the growth you see in Allyson, aka Lulu is what makes Just One Day shine brightly.

Admittedly, I tend to put off YA contemporary novels in favor of sci-fi, dystopian, or apocalyptic fiction. But with all the love this book has been getting from so many readers, I had to check it out (that and because summer sounds like the season for light-hearted contemporary novels.) What draws me away from YA contemporary novels is its tendency to focus on romance and overdramatic angst. Too much of it makes me weary and sucks the interest out of me like a giant octopus. Thankfully, Just One Day didn't do that. I was eager to follow Allyson's travels, but Forman didn't need landmarks to reel me into Allyson's personal journey to self-discovery.

Story, Pacing, Romance:
What made Just One Day so special was that it was beyond my expectations. When I saw the title, I thought to myself, "I know EXACTLY how this is going to go down. It's going to be four hundred pages about one day in a foreign country. And at the end, the guy probably disappears like Cinderella for the sake of having a cliffhanger." Eighty pages in, I thought, "Wait! The eponymous one day is ending! What's the next three-hundred and something pages going to be about now?" It is those three-hundred something pages that made me fall in love with the story despite being nothing about love. I was invested in the story because I wanted to see Allyson grow and find herself. Make new friends, discover new hobbies, AND MOVE ON.

Allyson Who Not Do Well On Chatroulette:
Allyson was a frustrating character for me throughout the novel, especially in the beginning. I figure it's because while my personality is like Allyson ("safe" and reserved,) my outlook on life is a lot closer to Willem, where I see joy in accidents. Which would also explain my relationship with Chatroulette and Omegle, websites that allow me to chat with random strangers. There's this romantic idea of sharing a transient conversation with a complete stranger, to "meet" people you'd never otherwise meet. And when the conversation is finished, we walk our separate ways (though I rarely do give out my email.) There's also a comfort in being able to "disconnect" people. I also believe if something is meant to be, it will happen--and to move on and look for the next door if it isn't.

Allyson clearly doesn't share this sentiment. If she was on Omegle, I can just imagine her feelings being hurt every five seconds when somebody disconnects. It is frustrating for me to see Allyson mope around and put her life on a standstill because she of a guy she met for ONE DAY. And that one day didn't even end well (but seriously, you're EIGHTEEN, not five. You shouldn't be having a breakdown because you are lost.) You met a wonderful, charming guy. Had the time of your life (at least to you.) Wonderful! Now treasure those memories, and MOVE ON. YOUR LIFE SHOULDN'T REVOLVE AROUND ONE GUY. You can't get greedy and expect every day to be just as magical. And how are you supposed to find the next great guy if you are moping around all depressed and emo? How are you supposed to meet the next person to change your life if nobody even wants to be within 5 feet of you?

Allyson's negativity in two thirds of the novel made me wince. Thankfully, when Allyson sets out on her mission back to Paris that I started regaining excitement for the book. Allyson shows that when she puts her mind to a task--she can do it. I can relate to Allyson as she struggles to become an adult: forced to figure out what she wants to do with her life, or how to find a your first job with no working experience and in a bad economy, all without the support of family.

Setting (Are We Really in France?)
For a book that's centered around traveling, I expected more in the milieu department. Maybe I just don't associate being chased by gangsters and making out in an abandoned art studio to France. Eh. I felt Forman's use of "trivial" moments to introduce France was a very different perspective. The boat rides, and the free bikes--it makes me jealous (though I would get severely sea sick on a boat and it would not be pretty.)

Overall, I highly, highly recommend Just One Day. Despite being released in start of a new year, I can foresee this book somewhere on my best books of the year list. It's one of those books that don't look like much from the cover, but under the cover lies a great story about a girl who has to figure out who she is. Also, this novel made me want to eat macarons. (WHY ARE THEY SO EXPENSIVE?!?)
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Go Flash Go, March 22, 2013 (view all comments by Go Flash Go)
“So Lulu? What do you say? You want to go to Paris? For just one day?” Fortunately for us, Lulu (née Allyson) says yes. Good thing for Gayle Forman, too; otherwise her book would have ended on page 30. High-school student, Allyson, impulsively takes off for Paris with Willem, a Dutch actor whom she'd just met in England. She spends the day and night with him, and in the morning he's...gone. Allyson is shattered and flees Paris. These events are covered in the synopsis, but they play out over the first 142 pages of the book.

When part 2 picks up, Allyson is a freshman in college, and she's still deeply depressed. She attempts to suppress thoughts of Willem, but “they are buried everywhere, like land mines.” She willingly ostracizes herself from her roommates. She avoids the party scene, using studying as an excuse, and spends her nights alone in bed. Her mother carries on with her overbearing ways and won't let Allyson forget that she left her suitcase and watch behind in Paris, although Allyson wisely told her parents they were stolen. But when her parents come to visit, she must play the role of “Happy College Student.” It's not easy to read a book narrated by someone as unhappy as Allyson, and some people might get fed up with Allyson at this point. I, however, could easily relate to her plight. My freshman year was completely miserable (for reasons that had nothing to do with a Dutch actor), but my life at that point was quite similar to hers.

When Allyson visits her life-long best friend, Melanie, at Melanie's college in New York City, the contrast is stark. Melanie actually IS living the Happy College Student life; no faking necessary. At the same time, both girls realize that they have begun to grow apart, and they react to their changing relationship quite differently. (Side note - why does it seem that male adolescent friendships are much more likely to last in the long-term than female friendships?)

Can just one day change a person? A life? If you didn't believe it before, you might believe it by the time you read the last page of this book. In Allyson's case, the answer is a very emphatic YES. For just one day, she became a different person, and when Willem's disappearance snatched her new self away, Allyson couldn't recover. We're not asked to accept the concept of love at first sight; that's something I will never believe. But we are asked to consider the potentially long-lasting ramifications a single encounter can have, and Gayle Forman beautifully shows us both the heartbreak and the magic than can ensue.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525425915
Author:
Forman, Gayle
Publisher:
Dutton Books
Author:
Jensen, Melissa
Author:
Perkins, Stephanie
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The love story in Forman's If I Stay and Where She Went was wrapped in the finality of death. This story — about the romance between Allyson, a recent high school grad, and Willem, a handsome Dutch actor she meets during a whirlwind tour of Europe — is built around uncertainty and a kind of loss that's more akin to an open wound. Upon meeting, the two take an impulsive trip to Paris, but Willem disappears and Allyson is left stranded. Back in the U.S., Allyson is unable to wipe Willem from her mind, and her carefully planned future takes unexpected turns. In a romance that never quite answers the question 'Whatever happened to Willem?' Forman explores how travel can lead to surprises and a redefinition of self. In college, Allyson breaks away from her mother's expectations, realizes her passion for theater and language, and tries to gather clues about Willem's whereabouts. Offering mystery, drama, and an evocative portrait of unrequited love, this open-ended novel will leave fans eagerly anticipating the companion story — written from Willem's perspective — due in fall 2013. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, theres an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

 

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willems story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

"Synopsis" by ,
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

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