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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Just One Day ~ Review

"Sometimes the best way
to find out what you're 
supposed to do is by
doing the thing you're 
not supposed to do." 

I don't know if I have fully expressed my love for Gayle Forman. I love her writing style, I love her books. I have a previous review for If I stay and Where She Went, which are also written by Gayle Forman. I just, the way she makes you feel about these characters is incredible. You get attached to them and you laugh at their jokes, smile at their fortunes, and cry at their sorrow. That being said, Just One Day was different for me.

Back Of Book:
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: twenty-four 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. 

Part one: The first part of the book had me hooked. First we meet Willem (I love this derivative of William, it is somehow much hotter, especially after you get to know Willem), an actor who is playing Sebastian in a rendition of Shakespeare's Twelf Night.  This rendition is kind of a make shift performance, where they actors come out from the crowd and act in the park, no stage, no music, no fancy lights, just nature and the actors themselves. It was a very fun beginning to the book, it grabbed you and made you want to learn more about mysterious Willem. 

When he and Allyson meet he calls her Lulu, the name of a french actress, he not once asks her name, and in a way is alluring. Allyson has this new identity that she can be, it's kind of like a pardon from everything that happens in Paris, it wasn't Allyson, but Lulu who did it.

As the novel continues Willem has all these quarks that Allyson/Lulu enjoys (Me too! Not just Allyson), he believes that accidents are a driving force in the universe and the accidents are what makes life worth living. 

I enjoyed the first part of the book and all the romance Lulu and Willem have and the thrill of it all. 

When I got to part two of the novel, I had a really hard time getting into it. I felt betrayed by Willem, this character not only Lulu but myself as well, had fallen in love with. However, as I continued to read on, which was not entirely easy for me, I found that like Allyson, I wanted to find Willem again. I wanted to reunite with him. (If you can tell I really was able to put myself into Allyson's shoes) When we do find Willem, my heart shatters even more. Well, what could the reader really expect from a girl who goes back to America and a boy that stays in Europe? They have their own lives. 

At the end of the book Forman left with a cliff hanger. Allyson and Willem finally being in the same room, about to have a conversation and end book. Why do you make me suffer so much Gayle Forman? All I want is to know what happened, in the same book, not a sequel!!!! 

But a sequel it is, and one I have to read soon. 

All in all, this book was very entertaining, Forman's character development and relateableness is astonishing! I love reading her books and empathizing with the characters. She did it again! A definite must read.


  1. I liked this book too, I thought it was really good. Please continue to write book reviews

  2. Hi, thank you for reading my reviews, I greatly appreciate it. Always feel free to comment on my reviews! I'd love to get some helpful criticism and I'd love any suggestions you have for books to read!