Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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: 24 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.

The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Gayle Forman is one of my favorite authors. So far I have read If I Stay and Where She Went, and both are absolutely stunning! Just One Day is no different. The main character, Allyson is a straight A student who always follows the rules. Her parents surprise her with a trip to Europe with her best friend, Melanie. During most of the trip, Allyson plays it safe by following all the rules and not even going out at night. It is not until she meets Willem that she decides to be spontaneous and go to Paris with him on a whim. 

I loved seeing the world through Allyson's eyes. She starts off as a timid girl but learns to be courageous and take some risks. I loved her character development.

This book is amazing. I enjoyed the love story between Allyson and Willem. Even though they only spent one day together, that one day affected Allyson's life more than she could have imagined. I read this book in one sitting, and I was sad to see it end. I am looking forward to reading Willem's side of the story in Just One Year!

Rating: 5/5

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