Start by marking “Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)” as Want to Read: 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. 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. 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.
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But it should be noted that Allyson is 18 and Willem is 20, and neither of them is a virgin, so they are older and more mature than many characters featured in YA books. Language Standard language for comparable YA books: the occasional "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "asshole," "damn," "pissed off," "screw around," and a couple of Dutch swear words like "Godverdomme" goddammit. Consumerism Coke products are mentioned as are a couple of designer and cosmetic brands, but none of it is consumerist or overdone.
Other adults and college-age people drink wine, beer, vodka, etc. One character smokes cigarettes. What parents need to know Parents need to know that Just One Day is a mature young adult romance about an year-old high-school graduate's hour relationship with a year old actor she meets abroad.
Like Forman's novel Where She Went and the film Before Sunrise , the central love story takes place in one long day and features a young couple's overwhelming chemistry, longing, and eventual lovemaking. In addition to the one love scene, the book includes some drinking but in Europe the characters are of age , occasional strong language "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.
While the romance can be steamy, the book is really about connection, identity, and finding your way in the world, not the one prescribed by other people. Stay up to date on new reviews.
Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. I had read a little bit of contemporary YA, but for the most part I skipped it. I thought that someone like me, who had left her teenage years behind a long time ago, was going to have a hard time relating to a contemporary realistic YA book.
In fact, most of the books I have read over the last year that have meant so much to me The Sky is Everywhere, Small Damages,Wanderlove, Saving June fall into this genre. In addition, I was introduced to the New Adult genre this year, an offshoot of YA that focuses on the important time when a young adult has finished high school and is moving into the adult world. A time of new freedom and independence which can be exciting but also scary. It is a book that focuses on themes like self discovery and personal identity.
Just One Day is a book that examines college life and traveling abroad. Just One Day is a book about choices and a book about trust. Just One Day tops them both. Allyson is tired, ready to go home and start the next phase of her life: college and then med school.
She grudgingly admits to herself that this Trip of a Lifetime has, in reality, been a bust. Where those thought dead are alive again. Where everyone gets their happy-ever-afters. The experience sets in motion a chain of events Allyson could never have imagined. An instant connection is made between she and Willem, a twenty year old Dutch native who is getting ready to return home himself after two years of living on the road.
When Allyson mentions that she is disappointed to have never visited Paris on this trip, Willem suggests she do it. Journey to Paris, with him, for just one day. What follows is a day and night that Allyson will never forget. So a question for you: do you believe in love at first sight? But what I DO believe in is feeling a spark, a chemistry, an instant connection with someone.
I know because it has happened to me. And that is exactly what happens with Allyson and Willem. Allyson opens up to Willem, in ways she could never open to anyone else, not even her best friend. She admits to feeling let down by this trip, and feeling hesitant about starting college.
She admits to not wanting to disappoint others, and that most of her decisions stem from this fear. They talk about travel. They talk a little about family.