Saturday, March 30, 2013
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Author: Gayle Forman
# of Pages: 369 (Hardcover)
Challenge: 2013 YA Contemporary Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
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 just adored If I Stay and Where She Went. So I was super excited when I found out about this book.
Allyson is organized and does everything she can to make her parents happy. But she never does anything for herself. Then she meets Willem, an actor, and spends a day with him in Paris.
I did not really like Allyson at first, but as I kept reading I saw how strong she really was and could not help rooting for her. On the other hand, Willem was mysterious, too mysterious. Not too many details are revealed about him making it hard to like him.
Forman's writing was as beautiful as ever. I felt like I was in Paris with Allyson and Willem. The one complaint I have is the slow pacing of the story. I felt like it needed a little more action.
Overall, Just One Day was a very enjoyable book, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next for Allyson and Willem. If you liked Gayle Forman's other YA books, then you will definitely want to check this one out.