Monday, February 11, 2013

Just One Day by Gayle Forman


Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Age Group: YA, 14+
My Copy: ARC and hardcover
Source: Won via publisher and bought
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Release Date: January 8, 2013—out now
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Review by: Alicia
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Summary (via goodreads):

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!

Review:

When I first started reading Just One Day, I was enjoying it, but I wasn’t hooked, so I put it down for the night and didn’t pick it up until the next night. When I picked it up then, I was hooked—I could not stop reading. I loved Just One Day and got completely swept into it. I could not stop reading, so I ended up finishing it at about 2:30 a.m. and then I didn’t fall asleep for another few hours because I could not stop thinking about it. I had all of the feels—ALL OF THEM! Just One Day totally tugged at my heart strings.

I loved Allyson. I enjoyed watching her discover who she was and what she wanted to do, rather than continuing to do what her parents expected her to. I was heartbroken, like Allyson, when she woke up and Willem was gone. I can’t imagine spending a day with a guy, falling for him, and then waking up the next day to find him gone. I was really glad that Allyson doesn’t spend the rest of the book being depressed about Willem. Yes, she is depressed in some of it, but she does start to get over it and do other things.

I’m kinda on the fence about Willem. I liked him, but I wasn’t totally sold on him. It was hard to really form an opinion on him because he wasn't in the entire book, but he seemed like a bit of a player and he was hard to read at times. I really don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’m very curious about Willem and can’t wait to find out more about him in the next book. Also, I must know if he did really feel something for Allyson—the wait to discover this will drive me crazy!

As for the ending, I loved and hated it. I knew as soon as I started the book that it would end the way it did, but I didn’t know how or when it would happen. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it felt fitting to end the book there. That doesn’t make me any less angry that it ended there though.

I really enjoyed all of the settings, especially seeing Allyson at college and the places she visits when she travels. I enjoyed the new friends that Allyson makes throughout the book too—Dee especially! He was an awesome friend she met at college, and I liked that he was comfortable with who he was. I wasn’t too crazy about her best friend Melanie though—I didn’t think she was a good friend.

Overall, I loved Just One Day and highly recommend it. It has been over a month since I read it and I still can’t stop thinking about it.

Just One Year—Willem’s story!—will be out in the fall of this year! This makes me extremely happy as I am dying for Just One Year. The wait feels torturous and I’m driving myself crazy coming up with all these theories about Allyson and Willem, and what could happen next. Seriously.

Cover Comments: I like it—it totally fits the book.

Overall: 5/5

4 comments:

Eileen said...

YAY I am so glad you loved this one! I have heard nothing but fantastic things about Just One Day and I'm so glad you loved Allyson! I just love when I start a book again for some reason I go insane and have, like, a HUGE revelation and freak out about it!

Candace said...

Ha ha, I'm totally with you about the end! It was perfect, but killer. I just have this FEELING that he's awesome and felt the same way, but it might just be me hoping. Of course I figure since there's another book from his POV that's how it has to be. I mean, would she really write a book from his POV if he DIDN'T feel that way? That would be a bummer for us, I think. Though maybe she put in some twist or something that we would never suspect. Authors have been known to get twisty!

So glad you loved this one too!

Erika said...

I totally need to check out Gayle's books. Everyone is always raving about them! :)

Aylee said...

All the feels!! Haha, awesome! I still have to read this, as well as Gayle Forman's other two books. They sound absolutely brilliant! The characters, the plot and writing, the settings - so much goodness! Can't wait to read this!!