â€œWe are born in one day. We can die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.â€ Allyson is on her graduation European tour bored out of her ever loving mind. Instead of having the time of her life, sheâ€™s watching movies in her hotel room and counting the days until itâ€™s time to go home. Then IT happens: a chance encounter with a mysterious Shakespeare street performer named Willem who charmingly asks Allyson to skip the rest of the tour and spend the day with him in Paris. She knows what she should do. â€œItâ€™s totally crazy. I donâ€™t even know himâ€¦all this could go disastrously wrong in so many waysâ€¦but that doesnâ€™t change the fact that I want to go. So this time, instead of saying no, I try something different. I say yes.â€ Under Willemâ€™s heady influence, Allyson abandons her rule following ways and adopts the persona of Lulu, a daring girl who isnâ€™t afraid to take risks. But then Willem disappears. And Allyson must go back to her real life and take up the challenges and expectations of college. Except she canâ€™t stop thinking about Willem and Lulu. And who she might have become if she had had just one more day. While it may seem to have all the traditional trappings of a romance, this stunningly good story of self-discovery by the acclaimed author of If I Stay is so much more. Itâ€™s a deeply felt character study, an intriguing mystery and a free European tour all in one. Because Allyson does go back to find Willem. But what she discovers is something else altogether. And if the cliffhanger ending kills you as much as it killed me, no worries. Willem’s story comes out fall 2013!
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This sounds incredibly good. Plus, I adore classic names. Willem? So much better than what is out there in character name world, lately. Love it. 🙂
Ack, I really need to read this.