Just One Day: Book summary and reviews of Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day

By Gayle Forman

Just One Day
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2013,
    320 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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, there's 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. Willem's story - Just One Year - is coming soon!

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"Starred Review. 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." - Publishers Weekly

"As [Allyson] blossoms and emerges from her tedious depression, the novel becomes absorbing, and readers will find themselves rooting for Allyson's more autonomous and interesting self. An overlong coming-of-age novel that takes forever to get going but soars at the finish. (Fiction. 14 & up)" - Kirkus

"Just One Day was a refreshing and different contemporary read. It was a lot of fun and almost impossible to put down. I'm already anxiously awaiting Just One Year. I can't wait to see where Gayle Forman takes us next." - Pure Imagination Blog

"Just One Day made me smile, laugh, sigh, swoon, and ache in my heart for Allyson. During the hours I had to stop reading and go to work, I could not stop thinking of her plight, and those thoughts came with an almost physical level of discomfort and worry for Allyson." - YAbookscentral.com

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Gayle Forman Author Biography

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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