Release: 10th January 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Coming of Age, Travel
Rating: 5/5 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."
I’m a huge fan of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went so I had the total first date feels about Just One Day. I was nervous and excited and had no idea how it was going to go so I put off reading it until I couldn’t resist any longer and I wish that I wasn’t so scared to pick it up and that I read it sooner because this book was everything I hoped it would be and more.
I loved everything about this book and I did the thing were I went and liked every quote from this book I could find on Goodreads which I only ever do with those extra special books that I deeply connect with. If you’re familiar with Gayle Forman’s books you’ll know how beautiful her writing is. Her turn of phrase is so honest and raw sometimes that it hits me right in the gut and I get all chocked up and emotional without really knowing why other than that I’ve just read something true. Once again her words set the scene for my eyes, and the feelings of the characters for my heart so that I was completely invested in this story.
“We kiss again. This next kiss is the kind that breaks open the sky. It steals my breath and gives it back. It shows me that every other kiss I've had in my life has been wrong.” ― Gayle Forman, Just One Day
“He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.” ― Gayle Forman, Just One Day
Whilst Just One Day has a heart wrenching romance it’s so much more than a love story. I’d even go as far as to say that above all it is a book about taking a leap of faith into the unknown and going on such a once in a lifetime journey that you can’t help but come out the other end changed. Allyson starts off as a quiet, anal, stick to the rules kind of girl and by the end of the book she has grown into this strong, independent, adventurous young woman.
I loved that Just One day was a mature YA/ New Adult book and dealt with themes like growing apart from high school friends, figuring out what you want to do with your life and discovering who you want to be. I felt like Gayle Forman really got the thoughts and feelings of an 18 year old girl starting out in the world for the first time and discussed these feelings in her book.
Just One Day was in my opinion a complete masterpiece that made my heart thirsty for adventure and travel. I’m so happy that the companion novel Just One Year is out this October because I can’t wait to get Willem’s version of events. After all, there are two sides to every story.