Friday, January 25, 2013

Review | Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Review | Just One Day by Gayle Forman" class="ubb-image alignleft">Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Published by Dutton Juvenile on January 8, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover

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.



Every now and then,  I come across a book that I just can’t put down. On Monday, I sat down with my brand new copy of Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I slowly began getting hooked on this story and captivated by it’s main character, Allyson (aka. Lulu). Just One Day leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting more and imagining yourself running through the streets of Paris in hopes of finding that one person to spend a day with, or even just share a moment with.

The story is about a young girl about to start college, but first finds herself on a trip across Europe, courtesy of her parents. Just as she is about to head back across the pond and back to her planned out life, she meets a boy, Willem, who will instead give her the trip of a lifetime. A day in Paris.

They say a year can change you, but what about one day? Just One Day? A single day can change you just as much, but it is that one day that can take you on a journey of self discovery that will forever leave you a brand new person.

Just One Day is a riveting tale about entering adulthood, falling or being in love, and finding the stain in your life that you just can’t rub off.

Five out of five stars.

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