Six YA Books That Take Place in One Day

Tucker Shaw's Oh Yeah AudreySo much can happen in a day, and nothing proves that better than an entire book dedicated to one twenty-four period, in which lives change, relationships form and grow, lessons are learned, and the next dawn can bring the rest of your life. Never did time feel so packed with meaning as when I was a teenager (particularly in camp, as Wet Hot American Summer will attest), which is why these young adult novels, which all take place over the course of twenty-four hours, ring so true and read so fabulous.

Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw
Gemma lives for one thing since her mother passed away: Audrey Hepburn. And now she has a chance to take her obsession to its fullest by traveling to New York City, meeting up with fellow Audrey lovers she met through their shared Tumblr, and living out the perfect Audrey-inspired day, beginning with breakfast at Tiffany’s. But fate has other plans for Gemma, and she learns what it really means to live like Holly Golightly, for better or for worse. A particularly fun read for Audrey lovers or for those of us who count those we met on the internet among our best friends.

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, by Tara Altebrando
Mary lost her spot at Georgetown, but she’s not about to lose this: a 24-hour scavenger hunt that teams her and her friends against rival groups that include her worst enemy. The night may go a little haywire, and relationships may get entangled, and this may not be the most stable cast of characters, but the entire endeavor is every bit as fun as it sounds.

Bright Before Sunrise, by Tiffany Schmidt
Brighton’s sweet, the most popular girl in school, and still struggling with the pain of her father’s death. Jonah’s the surly new kid who’s hung up on his ex, his parents’ divorce, and the fact that he doesn’t fit in at his new wealthy school. Over the course of one night, the two work together toward their personal goals, and end up helping the other realize there’s still plenty of happiness to be found for them both. A cute, fun, romantic read with one of my favorite depictions of a high school class system (or, in this case, lack thereof) in contemporary YA.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith
On a day everything seems to be going wrong for Hadley, something goes very, very right when she meets funny, quirky, adorable Oliver in the airport on the way to her father’s wedding in London. The two hit it off immediately, only to lose each other again on the other side of the Atlantic. But no matter how new a flame, some sparks just can’t be fizzled by distance.

fml, by Shaun David Hutchinson
If the movies Can’t Hardly Wait and Sliding Doors were smashed into a YA book, this would be it. (And if you haven’t seen those movies, get on that.) Simon Cross has been in love with Cassie forever, and now that she’s finally split from her perfect boyfriend and is throwing a party, he’s got a chance to make right the night he messed up with her on their only date, years earlier. But the night begins with a choice, and the one Simon makes will determine his future. As both options play out in alternating chapters over the course of one party, we learn Simon’s fate and exactly what’s “meant to be.”

Graffiti Moon, by Cath Crowley
Lucy has one plan for the night now that high school is over, and it’s to track down mysterious graffiti artist Shadow. She’s not interested in getting help from Ed, the disaster of a date she had once upon a time. But Ed insists he can help her find Shadow, and it’s an offer Lucy can’t refuse. Too bad she doesn’t realize that the man behind the art is far, far closer than she thinks, and that one night will change everything she thinks she knows about love.

What’s your favorite book that takes place in one day?

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