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!
Everyone kept telling me to read this, and boy am I glad I did. I love If I Stay and Where She Went, Gayle Forman’s previous two books. However, for some unknown reason, I was hesitant to start Just One Day. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Forman wrote an unforgettable novel.
I loved that Just One Day started off in London and then went to London. It made me want to travel and go on adventures with Allyson. This book is fast paced, and a good deal of it takes place within the course of a few days. This makes the novel really easy to read. However, it also at times seems like the book is going too fast. Allyson moved really fast with Willem. I wouldn’t call it insta-love, but she did fall for him really fast. It wasn’t even that that bothered me about the relationship between Allyson and Willem. What bothered me the most is how obsessive Allyson got. She was willing to go through some great lengths for a man she only knew for a few days. Her reaction to Willem was realistic, I just wasn’t a fan of it. That’s really my only complaint about Just One Day.
Forman is an incredibly talented writer who was able to capture my attention from the very beginning. I can’t wait to read Just One Year. Just One Day was a marvelous, crazy, lovely novel that I can’t get out of my head. Forman’s writing is enchanting and pulls you in from the very beginning.
FTC- Received as an ARC from the local independent bookshop.