Just One Day

Just One Day

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Gayle Forman

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  • Publisher: SPEAK
  • Format: Paperback | 369 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 30mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0142422959
  • ISBN 13: 9780142422953
  • Sales rank: 10,406

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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 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!"

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Author information

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.

Customer reviews

By Ryann Dannelly 04 Oct 2014 5

What I liked most about this book was Allyson. The transformation she makes throughout the book is so satisfying. I could really relate to her. At the beginning, she’s all introverted and regimented, but she forces herself to open up and become the version of herself she wants to be.

Only the first half of the book focuses on her day with Willem, which is something I also really liked. The rest of the book is about what Allyson takes away from that experience—for better and worse. It’s about her personal growth.

I’ve never been to Paris and I haven’t read a lot of travel-related books. It was interesting to jump on board of Allyson’s international adventure. I kind of wish I knew a little bit more about Paris, though. I think I would have connected better with Allyson’s physical journey if I had. (One day I’ll make it to Paris.)

Forman is such a great writer. She writes such realistic and interesting teenagers. I love her writing style. Although my favorite book of hers is still If I Stay, this is an enjoyable and cute read too.

I’m interested to figure out Willem’s journey during that year, so I’ll have to check out the companion novel called Just One Year. I really liked If I Stay’s companion novel Where She Went, so I have high hopes for this companion novel too!

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[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.'" Booklist"