Just One Day & Just One Year by Gayle Forman
I love these two books so much that I spend more time than I’d like to admit crafting screenplays for them in my head. (Oh, how it KILLS me that the producers of the film adaptations want to combine both books. Ugh.) What I like about this series is that it takes you to a few different places throughout western Europe. We visit England, France, the Netherlands, and more. I particularly like how that “one day” showed us some different parts of Paris that aren’t usually detailed in most novels. Besides the locales, this series is one of the best romantic coming of age stories I’ve read.
Just One Day Book Description: Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
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…and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
Just One Year Book Description: Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began…
When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought…
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.