Just One Day (Just One Day Series #1)

Just One Day (Just One Day Series #1)

by Gayle Forman


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ISBN-13: 9780142422953
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Just One Day Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 89,285
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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.

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     He doesn't show up until act two. He's playing Sebastian, Viola's twin brother, thought dead. Which makes a certain sense, because by the time he does arrive, I am beginning to think he never really existed, that I've merely conjured him.

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Praise for Just One Day:

“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

“Absorbing.” --Kirkus

“I didn’t just like JUST ONE DAY – I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!” --Indie Bookseller

“Terrific—Gayle Forman does it again! Just the sort of experience that pulls so many adults back to teen books.” --Indie bookseller

“Just One Day was a bittersweet story that entranced me, took hold of my heart, and gave it a great big squeeze! My heart still aches.” --Goodreads

“Gayle Forman gets it so, so right (again). It made my heart hurt and hope. This book is magic.” –Indie bookseller

Accolades for If I Stay:
- New York Times Bestseller
- ALA Best Books for Young Adult
- ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
- Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“Every moment I spent reading Forman’s masterpiece drew me in more.” –NPR

"Beautifully written." --Entertainment Weekly

"Achingly satisfying." --Family Circle

Accolades for Where She Went:
- New York Times Bestseller
- Amazon Best Book of the Month (April 2011)
- YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults List (BFYA)
- A PW Best Children’s Book of 2011

“An achingly gorgeous portrayal of rejection and rekindled love.” –USA Today

“A page-turner, tearjerker and romance all in one.” –BookPage

"Pitch-perfect...a moving, skillfully crafted novel." --VOYA, starred review

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Just One Day 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
JAMQueen More than 1 year ago
Do NOT READ this BOOK! At least not until the sequel comes out. This was by far the BEST of Ms. Forman's work I have had the privilege of reading thus far - I also read the if I Stay series. It is beautifully written and had me pining to continue through the journey with Allyson right up until the ending, which actually made me scream in frustration. Fans of the If I Stay series will probably recall the abrupt ending in the first book there, but without an idea that there will be a sequel that book at least gave me the feeling that I could decide how the characters ended up. THIS book, however, reaches the climax and just STOPS... it's like some form of agonizing emotional torture I've submitted myself to. The book starts off somewhat bland with Allyson being the "good girl" who gets frustrated by that label but does nothing to change it, that is until she meets Willem and makes the most impulsive decision of her life to run off to spend the day with him in Paris. Then things get good as the first 1/2 of the book details the ins and outs of that one day - with both highs and lows. It's not a perfect day, but it's the kind of day that makes you feel like something magical is happening. I found myself half in love with Willem by the end. When the day ends Allyson is left in a depression, she struggles for months afterwards until finally she realizes that she can't let that day go. So the second half of the book is Allyson struggle through the down of trying to be the same Allyson when she's outgrown who that was. She finally decides to find Willem again. The things that make this book so incredibly excellent are not only the growth in Allyson, which is will touch anyone who's ever realized that there might be more beyond that small box they've been living in. But more so this book is amazing because of the side characters both the friends that Allyson makes, the people who help her in small ways and even those who seem like enemies. This is the kind of book that makes you feel like people really are inherently good. Also that you should never jump to conclusions because you almost always miss something important if you do.
Wolf_Girl21 More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing book! I liked her other books but wasn't completly in love with them so I hesitated before reading this one, but wow I'm so glad I decided to read it.
TootsieRoll101 More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** This book... I don't think I've ever read a book with such a good cliffhanger. Of course, I hated that cliffhanger, but nevertheless, it was a good cliffhanger. Allyson reminded me of myself, with her goody two-shoes-ness. She was a really good character. I loved this book, but at the same time I hated it. I started hating it at the end, just because I was unhappy with how the plot was unfolding. It seemed like Allyson would never, EVER see Willem again. And that would be just too... sad for me.  I'm glad that this wasn't like Twilight, in which Bella went into depression about Edward leaving her; Allyson went into depression because she lost who she really was. And the person who brought out who she really was was Willem. I was disappointed with Melanie and Allyson's outcome. If I were Allyson, I would be a bit more sad about their relationship ending, but of course, it wasn't part of the main plot. I got a bit angry with Ms. Foley (I think that's what her name was) when she said that Willem just wanted her for the sex and watch, but I saw that she was right in a way. Willem was a player, and there was no denying that once we discovered more information on Willem when Allyson visited Amsterdam. But, despite what I just said before, I think Willem really... maybe... I don't know... loved Allyson. There. I said it.  Maybe he just 'fell in love' and he wasn't 'in love, but I think he did love her. Or at least, he cared about her. I was a bit surprised on how quickly they 'did it' together, as they only knew each other for a day, but it wasn't like they were... nevermind.  I felt so... bad when I saw Willem with the ginger girl. It was like, how could you Willem? I trusted you! I LOVED YOU!  But then again, a year had passed. Willem, being the player that he is, probably forgot all about Allyson. But he could have also just wanted to get his mind off things. He DID remember Allyson. Ha! I loved the last few paragraphs of the book. He gasped when he saw her. HE GASPED!!!!!!!!!! When I read those words, my heart was filled with hope. I'm a sucker for sweet, fluffy romance stories, and that moment was so... I congratulate Forman for putting that in there. It's perfect. He gasped. When he saw her he GASPED.  GASP!  Being the sucker that I am for fluffy romance stories, I was unpleasantly disappointed when the book ended so quickly. Of course, I see that Forman would continue it in the next book, but that means I'll have to wait!!!!  "'Hi Willem," I said. "My name is Allyson.' He says nothing in response. He just stays there for a minute, looking at me. And then he steps to the side, opens the door wider, wide enough for me to walk through. And so I do." It's so... unfinished. :(  I definitely CANNOT wait until the next book comes out. Basically this book is split into three parts. One third is about love. One third is about Allyson being in depression. One third is about her trying to find him. But it was great. And I loved the Shakespeare references, especially the one that Willem told the cop that pulled them over for riding on the bicycle illegally. It was perfect.
OliviapPayson More than 1 year ago
Gayle Foreman, author of If I Stay, has clearly outdone herself when writing Just One Day. Just One Day is not just a simple boy meets girl story, it’s first love in its purest form. Allyson Healey- smart, predictable, trustworthy teenager- meets Williem while on a post-high school graduation tour of Europe. She first sees him performing in a Shakespearean play in Stratford-Upon-Avon. On a spur of the moment decision, she abandons her plans and the two head to Paris for a day. Predictably, they fall in love, but as the day comes to an end, things take a surprising twist, and Allyson has no choice but to return home and start college. Miserable, she starts flunking all her classes. When rearranging her schedule, she decides to take a Shakespeare class. In this class, she meets a true friend who helps her to recognize her fate and learn to accept it. Her strength-and her heart-fortified, she returns to Paris to search for Williem, to find out why he left her. In Paris, Allyson rediscovers her new adventurous self and decides to embrace it. In this thrilling, realistic fiction, you will not be able to put the book down! Just One Day doesn’t go with the status quo (books about being yourself), it introduces the fresh theme of accepting fate, that everything happens for a reason. It also teaches people to have patience and never jump to conclusions. This book is targeted towards teens and young adults. It is a coming of age book that shows a teen transitioning into adulthood. My only complaint is that a lot of French terms are used and it can get confusing without knowing the translation. But this is easily overlooked considering that most of the book is set in Paris. The books language is contemporary and easy to understand, but with just enough high vocabulary to keep the book interesting. Forman’s excellent storytelling continues to impress. There was no part in the book that dragged along or lagged. Each part of the book keeps you entertained and wanting to read more! Just One Day is a phenomenal novel, and I hope everyone will get the chance to experience the delight and pleasure that comes with reading this book. Just One Day is my favorite book (currently), but the ending is a cliffhanger so be prepared to go buy the sequel too, Just One Year!
Laurab68 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Penguin a few months back, and honestly forgot about it. But then I saw last week that there was going to be a readathon, so I finished up what I was reading and picked this up. I'm a big fan of Gayle's and was really excited to read it. Her If I Stay & Where She Went are probably two of the best contemporary young adult romance books out there. If you haven't read them, well get to it. One thing that intrigued me about this book was the idea of falling in love with someone in a day. Love at first sight. Does it happen? Is it ridiculous to say you love someone when you really don't know them? Well Allyson finds out when she meets a Dutch actor in London who is performing with an underground Shakespeare group. He's a mystery and Allyson is smitten. What surprises Allyson and her friend, is that she's willing to travel to Paris with Willem on a whim.  As they make their way around Paris, Allyson (who Willem calls Lulu), she finds out that Willem is more complex than originally thought. He knows people, mostly women, that he's been intimate with, but is off on his own. He's an enigma. As each person break through the tough skin of walls, they both become entranced with each other. Until it culminates in making love in an abandoned warehouse. When Lulu wakes up the next morning, Willem is gone and her world crashes around her. Once back stateside, and a freshman in college, Allyson struggles. She struggles to understand why Willem would leave her with no note. Struggles to appease her parents who try to rule her life with an iron fist. And most importantly she struggles in college. But depression hits, she loses her best friend to NYC and that life. Her friend at college may or may not be a fantastic actor who can be anyone he wants to be. A real-life chameleon.  However, Allyson can't let Willem out of her head. She gets a job to earn enough money to find out where Willem is and what happened that one day. As she gets closer to the truth, she realizes that everything may not be as it seems and perhaps, his leaving wasn't something that he wanted.  A beautiful story of want and longing and first love and hopes and dreams. Doing what is right for you and following your own path. I literally inhaled this book because I really had no clue where it was going. But once I got there, it was marvelous. There will be a companion piece to this one, Just One Year, which will tell us Willem's side of the story. And the way that Just One Day ended, I cannot wait! I've read that it's June sometime. Highly recommend for fans of Forman, Dessen, Eckeles and Echols.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, cute, fun read. I read it within a couple days
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book. I did. But I couldn't. Allyson is a good girl. She gets good grades and always follows the rules. She's in Europe on a post-high school guided tour along with her best friend. On the last night, they decide to ditch the group and go see an unconventional production of Shakespeare. There she sees Willem. When he shows up on her train the next day, she does something impulsive and goes with him to Paris for the day. I enjoyed this part of the story a lot. But what I couldn't stomach was how much of a wreck Allyson was for the entire next year because her perfect day ends in Willem leaving without an explanation. There is a more to the story than that, but I've said before that I do not like weak female characters, and Allyson was just not a character I could get behind. This book reminded me a lot of Anna and the French Kiss, another book that everyone loves that just didn't work for me. The premise intrigued me because it is similar to Wanderlove, which I loved. But ultimately I found myself rushing through this book just so it would be over. While I enjoyed some parts (the beginning and the end), the middle was too painful. I won't be reading the companion book. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/04/book-review-just-one-day-ya.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one aftrennon because I just couldn't put it down!
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This book was exceptional and creative. I found the theme about accepting fate particularly inspiring. I recommend that all teenagers and young adults should read this fabulous coming of age novel. But beware, it's a cliffhanger!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
After a whirlwind tour through Europe, Allyson is looking forward to returning home and starting college in the fall. Even if it means missing Paris and even if the tour wasn't everything Allyson thought it would be. Two days before she is set to return home, Allyson sees an underground of Twelfth Night that unexpectedly changes everything. Accompanied by a laid-back Dutch actor named Willem as her guide, Allyson spends a whirlwind day in Paris where, finally, Allyson understands what her European tour was meant to feel like. As she and Willem grow closer, Allyson starts to understand what a lot of things are supposed to feel like. At least, she thought she did. When Allyson wakes up the next day to find Willem already gone, Allyson's previous certainty shatters. Starting college in the wake of Willem's abrupt departure, Allyson starts to fall apart. She knows what is expected of her. She even knows most of what's wrong. But she has no idea what she wants. No idea how to fix anything. One day gave Allyson the chance to change everything even if it meant losing Willem. With one year, Allyson might be able to finally find herself in Just One Day (2013) by Gayle Forman. Just One Day is the first novel in a duet. Willem's story, Just One Year is set to publish in fall 2013. Forman expertly chronicles Allyson's self-destruction during her first semester of college as well as her efforts to start fresh (with a tabula rasa, if you will) in the following term. Allyson's changing relationships with her family and friends are also handled well in the story. Filled with travel and a variety of settings, Just One Day is a vivid trip through Europe filled with descriptions of all of the sights Allyson takes in over the course of her story. I also loved the inclusion of so many Shakespeare references as counterpoints to Allyson's experiences. The underlying buoyancy and serendipity of the story is also refreshing as (after the obligatory wallowing) Allyson works on moving forward. Told over the course of one whirlwind day and the subsequently turbulent year, Just One Day is ostensibly a love story--or at least a story of lost love. Except it's also a more than that. Knowing that the book is part of a duet, there will of course be answers about Willem's disappearance and his own feelings about Allyson. However, by the end of the story, that's very secondary to the story of Allyson finding herself and figuring out what she wants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it off the nook and now i love it & i got it @ the library so i needed 2 return it. Now i am getting a copy that i can keep. Best book EVER!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! I read it in a night it was so addicting I couldn't put it down. This book is one of my favorite books
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It took me awhile to get into this book but once i did holy cow could i not put it down! Give it a chance read till the end its woerth it! This was a different kind of lovee story and shows no matter what you should listen to your heart and follow it..... between Lulu and paris and Dee and Shakespeare classes instead if medical Allyson shows us how truly being yourself can take you places (in this book literally) I reccomend this book for anyone looking for answers about being who you really are,and if you want an amazing read this should be on the top of your list!!!!!! I cannot wait to read the next book!!! (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started droning on but it was very good. Will start the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't explain in words how amazing this book was. I literally could not put it down, This author gets you so interested in the characters before she gets you involved with the story. I honestly will be reading many more of her books because of this one, and not because of If I Stay. Just to throw it out there the "sequel" is a companion book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so sad throughout the story and at the end it is joyful. Best book i have read in a long time#bandgeek32
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: The word breathtaking, as used in the synopsis, barely touches the magnitude of beauty contained in this story. I have read all of Gayle Forman's other novels, and there is something so deep in them that peels apart the soul. The second, seriously the second, I heard there was going to be a new book written by her, WITH A COMPANION NOVEL told from a different POV, I was like MUST HAVE. I have been waiting awhile to get my hands on another book written by her. And let me tell you, it is so worth it. So. Worth. It. Okay, so here we have Allyson, this girl who lets go of caution and decides to run off with Willem, a complete stranger, and go to Paris. While I have always wanted to learn to speak French, I've never really had that intense desire to go to Paris. Don't get me wrong, of course I want to go. After this, though? I just want to pack my bags and go see ALL of Europe. And Willem. My very precious Willem. I want to just squeeze him. All the things he says... I swear, I sent so many Tweets quoting him from my phone while reading the book. Well, quoting everything in the book. It got intense and I went way overboard. Here are my favorite lines: Willem: "You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents... The little things that happen. Sometimes they're insignificant; other times, they change everything... I think everything is happening all the time, but if you don't put yourself in the path of it, you miss it." Allyson: "It's like the calendar flips but nothing else changes." Willem: "Same, same, but different." After they spend their day together and she's left on her own, this is when the journey really begins. Allyson tries to forget Willem and the day they shared. Of course, she can't. It's impossible. It changed her life. And now? She needs to know what happened to him. She needs to know why he left her there that day. She needs to find him again. So she embarks on a journey back to Paris. Just One Day was one of the greatest stories I have ever read. It has inspired me in every way possible, from the desire to travel to learning French to writing more. And then there was the following line: "C'est courageux d'aller dans l'inconnu. = It's courageous to go into territory unknown." It is so beautiful, isn't it? Gayle Forman has done it again. So, to all of my friends reading this--you need... NEED... to read this book. It will change your life. It certainly changed mine. My Rating: Exceptional
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Out of all the books I have read, Just One Day happened to be absolutely phenomenal. This is the first book I have read my Gayle Forman and I plan to read many more. She has a way of developing a special relationship between the reader and the characters in the novel; it makes you feel like you are there. This story had on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. The story plays out slowly, but that makes it all the better. Willem and Allyson develop a fairytale romance that every girl wishes they could have. They were both dealing with struggles in their life and all they needed was another person that could relate to them. It was love at first sight, whether either one of them wanted to admit it or not. The brought each other's true personalities. Although it was a fantastic book, it ended much too quickly. I cannot wait to read Just One Night to reveal the outcome to Allyson and Willem's romance.