Just One Day is Gayle Forman’s newest novel and I loved this book. It was such a delightful, although emotional, story. Allyson’s parents decide to give her a trip to Europe for her graduation present, which sounds incredible until you actual join the tour group. Now uninspired by her very tight sight-seeing schedule, Allyson is looking forward to going home. That is until she meets the Dutch Shakespearean actor Willem and impulsively decides to spend her last day in Europe with him in Paris. Now her path has been altered and she will risk everything to find out what that one day meant for the two of them.
I loved this story. It was such an enchanting love story that drew me in right from page one and held me to the last word. We have all been sidetracked in life for love, and Allyson was no exception. One of the best parts of this story is the couple's day in Paris. Forman’s descriptions of the city of love were great. I felt like I was traveling with the happy couple and meeting all of the interesting people myself. This book had some of the best side characters that I have encountered in awhile. From the people in France to Allyson’s friends I found them all engaging and life- like. It was easy to get swept up in the drama when the characters are believable and able to accurately portray a wide range of emotions for the reader to go through. We have loved all of Forman’s past novels, but Just One Day is even more amazing than the others. This is a must read for a YA reader looking for a magical love story.— Jody
Spring '13 Kids List
“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
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 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 story—Just One Year—is 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.
“[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."
— Kirkus Reviews
"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.'"