Author: Gayle Forman
Publication Date: January 2013
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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.
4. 5 stars
It’s so hard to write a review for a book you absolutely love.
Just One Day is exactly what I think it would be, and more. It is beautiful, heart-breaking, and just insanely awesome altogether. Really, I expect no less from such wordsmith like Gayle Forman. Similar to If I Stay and Where She Went, Gayle Forman sure knows how to play with your emotion. I lost count on how many times I gasped, squealed, smiled, and giggled to myself when I was reading it. This book messed out with my heart big time, and I loved every single minute of it.
The book opens with Allyson, an American good girl who’s supposed to have the time of her life. The European tour is nothing but a series of too-much-cultural-injections for her. But just when Allyson is ready to go home, she accidentally meets a charming and Dutch actor who introduces himself as Willem. Willem is mysterious, carefree, and he makes Allyson feel like someone different. Someone who is not her. When Allyson accepts Willem’s invitation for one day journey to Paris, she doesn’t know yet that such a short time can make so much impact in her heart.
I like Allyson. It takes time for her to develop into a strong character, but I really admire her determination. It’s so easy to identify myself with her character. Willem is a great character although he’s still a mysterious character to me. Words can’t even describe how much I’m yearning to read Just One Year. Dee with his awesomeness is exactly what you need as a friend.
It seemed like I went on a whirlwind journey when I read this book – up a hill, down a hill. You may predict what happen next, but it won’t loosen up the feels. The settings are lovely and it made me want to book the first plane to Paris. By the time I finished this book, I was suffering with a serious case of wanderlust. Just One Day is a wonderful read that I’d recommend to anyone with a love for YA, and I can hardly contain my excitement to read Just One Year.
It’s totally crazy. I don’t even know him. And I could get caught. And how much of Paris can you see in just one day? And this could all go disastrously wrong in so many ways. All of that is true. I know it is. But it doesn’t change the fact that I want to go.
So this time, instead of saying no, I try something different.
I say yes.
5 cups of tea!
I'm in love with the characters and the setting in this book. :)