cover artBibliographic Information
Title: Just One Day
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher:Dutton Books

Book Details
Jacket Design: Danielle Delaney
Jacket Photo: McGee
Formats: Hardcover
Page Count:400 p.

Plot Summary

Allyson Healey, is on the last day of her post-graduation European tour when she meets Willem, a nomatic Dutch actor.  In a spur-of-the moment decision, Allyson goes to Paris with Willem and spends 24-hours of risk and romantic intimacy.  It is 24-hours that changes Allyson’s life.

Critical Evaluation

Willem functions as a catalyst for Allyson’s growth, not as a great love.

Reader’s Annotation

Can 24-hours change your life?  Allyson Healey spends 24-hours in Paris with someone she just met, Willem, a Dutch actor, and it changes her life.

Information about the Author

Gayle Forman is a journalist that began her writing career with Seventeen Magazine. She later freelanced with publications in Jane, Glamour, The Nation, Elle, and Cosmopolitan.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

She and her husband travelled around the world in 2002.  Her first book, was a travelogue You Can’t Get There From Here: A Year ON the Fringes of a Shrinking World.

Her first YA novel, Sisters in Sanity, came out in 2007. If I Stay came out in 2009 – it is about a girl in a comma – from her point of view.  She won a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award.   A film adaptation is do out in August.

The sequel “Where She Went” released in 2011 and is in the point of view of the boyfriend and describes their relationship after her accident.

Just One Day released in January 2013.  About Allyson on travels in Europe and meets Willem.  The sequel called Just One Year is written from Willem’s point of view.  A 50-page novella called Just One Night finished the series and will release in ebook format.


Fiction: Romance

Curriculum Ties

Twelfth Night

Booktalking ideas

Paris for a day of Romance

Reading Level/Interest Age
Interest Level: Grades 9 and up

Challenge Issues




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