I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Just One Day by Gayle Forman
on January 8, 2013
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
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. 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 has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.
Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
We’ve all been anxiously awaiting a new book from Gayle Forman, right? I was left heartbroken and in love after If I Stay and Where She Went. Just One Day is very different from those books, but it still captures some of the same feelings. I certainly loved it.
You really can’t go wrong with books set in other countries. Just One Day starts out in Stratford-upon-Avon where Allyson is having a not so great time on a teen tour. That all changes when she meets Willem. The next thing she knows she’s having a one day adventure with him in Paris. Sounds like the most romantic thing ever, huh? It pretty much was.
Allyson wasn’t your typical YA main character. For one thing she’s older that most MCs. She’s 18 and just getting ready to start college when the story begins. Her personality was really realistic to me. She was so unsure of herself and she felt like an outcast compared to her peers. She reminded me a lot of myself, actually. I thought it was so interesting that she really struggled with school and her friends after her day with Willem. She was depressed for quite awhile and that’s exactly the appropriate reaction to a breakup, but you don’t see that often in books. Her growth throughout the book was remarkable.
Willem really wasn’t as swoon-worthy as I was hoping for, but I did really like him. He’s still somewhat of a mystery to me. I have a feeling I’m going to fall head over heels for him in the sequel.
Just One Day was a refreshing and different contemporary read. It was a lot of fun and almost impossible to put down. I’m already anxiously awaiting Just One Year. I can’t wait to see where Gayle Forman takes us next.