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“Morgan Matson is a master of fitting so much story into such a short period of time. I fell in love with Darcy and Russell over the course of their one exciting night. Matson continues to be one of my favorite YA authors.”
— Aedan Richter, Nowhere Bookshop, San Antonio, TX


From New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson comes a sweeping romantic novel about love, fate…and that one night that can change everything.

Darcy believes in love at first sight.

Even though it’s never happened to her, she’s spent her whole life waiting for that perfect, magical moment. But right now, her life is anything but perfect. In the aftermath of a music festival, she’s stranded at a bus station until morning—the day before she leaves for college. Her phone is dead, she has no cash, and she’s convinced nothing good can come of this night…but then she meets Russell.

Russell. Cute and nice, funny, and kind. She knows this is the moment—and the guy—she’s been waiting for. And they have until sunrise to walk and talk and connect.

Over the course of this one fateful night—filled with football field picnics, night swimming, and escape-artist dogs—Darcy and Russell’s lives will change forever. They’ll discover things they never imagined about each other…and about themselves.

But can you really know someone after only a handful of hours? Is it possible to fall in love in just one day?

And is it worth saying hello…when you know you’re destined for a goodbye?

About the Author

Morgan Matson is the New York Times bestselling author of six books for teens, including Since You’ve Been Gone and Save the Date, and the middle grade novel The Firefly Summer. She lives in Los Angeles but spends part of every summer in the Pocono Mountains. Visit her at

Praise For…

"As the serendipitous duo bond over their hopes and fears and personal challenges, it’s impossible not to be invested in their growing connection."
— -Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781481499019
ISBN-10: 1481499017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 400
Language: English