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A 2013 novel by Gayle Forman. When sheltered American good girl Allyson Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. So when fate brings them together a second time, Allyson takes an uncharacteristic leap, changes course, and follows Willem to Paris. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson...until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem is gone. A life upended in one day turns into a year of self-discovery as Allyson embarks on a journey to break free from a lifetime of limits in order to find her true passions, and maybe even a true love.

  • The Casanova: Willem appears to be one.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Celine and Ana Lucia.
  • Chick Magnet: Whenever Willem goes girls just fall over heels with him. His friend Broodje says is like being in the entourage of a star.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Allyson just happens to meet Wren again in Holland.
  • Experimented in College: Allyson's friend Melanie starts dating a girl, although she prefers not to label it.
  • Gay Best Friend: Dee
  • Gay Paree: Where Allyson spends the day with Willem.
  • Greasy Spoon: Allyson works at one to save up for her trip to Paris.
  • Hipster: Melanie.
  • In Love with Love: If one is uncharitable, Allyson and Willem have this vibe.
  • Irony: When Willem goes to Cancun looking for Lulu and she is locked up in her hotel room by her mother to study. Also when Willem observes a couple of children called Joshua and Allison.
  • In the Blood: Acting for Willem. His great aunt Olga Szabo was an actress and unlike her brother Saba, Willem's grandpa, she did not survive the Holocaust.
  • Love at First Sight: The premise of the novel. Allyson falls in love with Willem almost immediately.
  • Love Triangle: Between Allyson, Willem and Celine and maybe a few other girls. Ana Lucia most prominetly
  • My Beloved Smother: Allyson's mom even calls her roommate Kali in order to get in touch with her.
  • The Nicknamer: Willem calls Allyson Lulu, after the silent movie actress Louise Brooks.
  • No Name Given: For most of the novel, Allyson only knows Willem's first name.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: The upcoming book Just One Year tells the story from Willem's point of view.
  • Red Herring: Various leads on Willem's whereabouts end up going nowhere.
  • Race for Your Love: At the end, Allyson finds out Willem's actual address. The book ends with her walking in his door.
  • Spanner in the Works: Willem almost got the number of Patricia Folley, the director of Teen Tour! who most certainly knew Allyson. But his Girl of the Week Ana Lucia caused a scene and he was forced to end the call.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The summary spoils the fact that Willem leaves Allyson, despite the fact that this doesn't happen until Chapter 13. The e-book summary further spoils Willem's last name.
  • Traumatic Haircut: While in Europe, Melanie convinces Allyson to bob her hair, and she cries when they do it.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Allyson is a "good girl", however Willem is somewhat of a free spirit.
  • You Need to Get Laid: When Willems returns from France after the hospitalization he is depressed that he lost Allyson and his friends think is because he has not gotten laid in a while. He takes their advice and starts dating Clingly Jealous Girl Ana Lucia.