Monday, December 24, 2012

Just One Day - A Review

Just One Day - Gayle Forman (publisher)

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

My Thoughts:
A wonderful journey of far away lands, love, friendships, and most importantly, self discovery. 

On her trip to Europe Allyson meets and does the one thing she never does. She lets loose. She throws caution to the wind and travels to Paris with a guy she met for only moments the night before. Williem is a free spirit who seems to just roam though life. I think it's an interesting but lonely way to live. During the course of the day and night Allyson falls in love with Williem. By morning, he was gone..

What we get next is a year of watching Allyson mourn hide and with the help of some friends she very slowly makes at college. We get to watch Allyson discover who she really is. 

I enjoyed this book. The characters were vivid and interesting. Allyson drove me a bit crazy at times but I think that's because of her youth and immaturity. Considering that, watching her grow as a person was interesting. I think Dee was my favorite character. He is the guy she picked in her Shakespeare class to partner with.  He is flamboyantly wonderful and I would love to have a friend like him. I like Williem too even if we only met for a short while. I look forward to reading his story next year. 

If you're a fan of Gayle Forman, you won't be disappointed. If you've never read one of her books, you should.

Author's Website: Gayle Forman


Bookworm1858 said...

Dee was my favorite character too-he was so lively and really pepped up the book. I found Allyson super irritating as she mourned this ONE DAY LONG relationship.