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Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Posted by Caitie F on December 29, 2012

TItle: Just One Day12842115
Author: Gayle Forman
Hardcover: 368 pages
Pub Date: Jan 8, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

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.


If you have any urge to go to Europe but don’t have the funds, this book might be a little hazardous to your happiness. While you read it, you will be longing for Paris, London, and Amsterdam. You will want to travel the world and have adventures beyond your imagination. You will want to go have some “accidents” of your own. If you are content on having all of these in your mind, then this book will be great for you. But you will be longing for it a little too.

After reading the gut-wrenching If I Stay and Where She Went, I didn’t know what to expect. Those books tore my heart out a little, and I didn’t know if I was ready for that again. While there are parts that might crush your heart a tiny bit, this book is an uplifting and wonderful coming-of-age novel/romance. The romance was as swoon-worthy as Stephanie Perkins and the consequences broke my heart a little, that is before it filled me with hope and female empowerment.

This is not your typical young adult book. The first part takes place in the summer between senior year and college, then they rest takes place during the first year of college. I know that when I was in college, there was a lot in Allyson’s situation that I could relate to. I wish this boo had been around back then. You think it isn’t normal to dislike classes in a major that you had decided on years ago. You forget how hard it is to make new friends and everyone else seems to be just fine. It is a difficult time and I think there need to be more novels set in this time period.

Though if there was just one this would be the one!

The other great thing it does is it lets you look at the world and situations in more than one perspective. It is from Allyson’s perspective, but you get to see the world view of her friends, her boss, and her parents, which ends up surprising both Allyson and the reader. It won’t change your entire perspective on life, but it will allow you to look at self and life a little differently.

This really feels like a true young adult book. Maybe even a book that should be in this “New adult” book category. Allyson’s age has a lot to do with that as does the situations. There aren’t explicite sex scenes or anything, but it felt like it was written with the 16-28 year old demographic in mind. If this is what “new adult” is meant to be, bring it on!

This is just a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to lovers of Europe, Shakespeare, and good stories.


3 Responses to “Just One Day by Gayle Forman”

  1. I always have the longing to go to Europe but would like to read this anyway. 🙂

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