Series: Just One Day #1
Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: January 8th 2013
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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!
I’ve had my copy of Just One Day for a few weeks, but I knew that I wanted to make this the first book I read in 2013. So I tortured myself by waiting, and the morning of January 1st, making my coffee and grabbing this book off my shelf felt like the most perfect thing ever.
Just One Day took me on a whirlwind of places I want to visit…from England to Paris, and that was just the start! I truly felt as though I was experiencing these places first hand. Gayle Forman does a wonderful job of vividly describing them to us. There was just this richness to each description that made it impossible not to envision.
Allyson was a character I felt instant empathy for. Her journey of self-discovery was one that left my heart incredibly raw. All the highs and lows, I felt them all so strongly with her. Seeing all the growing she does from the first page to the end made me feel like a proud friend, one watching and encouraging her from afar.
You might be asking yourself what the heck I’m talking about by this point. I mean, like me, you probably thought looking at the the title that this whole book would be about the One Day, right? Well, it’s actually broken up into two parts. Part one is the Just One Day, then there’s part two. I think this made the story have so much more depth. It’s not just a romantic jaunt through Paris in one day with a dreamy guy, it’s about falling in love, the forever kind, and what happens when you lose that.
The dreamy guy? Willem. Yeah, he was dreamy, for sure! But also a bit of a ladies man, which always stings. We don’t really get to know him deeply enough to know his reasons for being that way, but if I had to guess, I’d say it probably has a lot to do with the fact that he’s a drifter and will always need a place to crash for a night or two, so why not with a girl. It’s mostly necessity, if you ask me, because from what we learn of him, he’s definitely the type that will only be in love once and for good. He’s smart, and confident, and gorgeous, and I fell in love with him too. He definitely stained me for good.
Just One Day is literally how long it took me to finish this book. I couldn’t put it down, you guys! I spent most of Part Two in a glass case of emotion*, so close to shattering. Though, toward the end, I started feeling this excitement, this exhilaration and anticipation of what would happen. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. And upon finishing, upon reading the last page, my heart was doing this weird thing where it was both happy and crushed because it was over…for now. See, the next book, Just One Year, will be out later this year but that just seems like an eternity right now.
I went into this book with such high expectations. After all, Gayle Forman’s Where She Went is one of my favorite books ever. It met them. All my expectations were met. :)
What Some Friends Had to Say About It…
April @ Good Books and Good Wine – “Yo, if you love books that are about people finding themselves, coming of age, and quite simply love in it’s myriad forms, it’s likely you’ll fall for Just One Day by Gayle Forman.”
Sab @ YA Bliss – “Like a cup of sweet hot cocoa… So warm. So rich. So incredibly delicious.”
Jessica @ Wastepaper Prose – “Needless to say, Just One Day is one you need to read, especially for all Gayle Forman fans.”
*BAHAHA – I can’t believe I just used a Ron Burgundy reference in a book review! And used it with such sincerity! *sigh* It was fitting, ok!