TITLE: Just One Day
AUTHOR: Gayle Forman
RELEASE DATE: 20 August 2013
PAPERBACK: 400 pages
FOLLOWED BY: Just One Year (Willem’s story)
SYNOPSIS: Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate,Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
Ohhh, this book made me mad!!! I love this book and the ending is beautiful, but gosh, its also horrible!!!! *runs fingers through hair* ahh!!! Let me tell you…This book is amazing!—but OH MY FREAKING GOSH, the ending is a cliffhanger!!! And there is no sequel!!! The next book is in the point of view of Willem! The events are going to be different of course, but the time frame is the same, and its going to end just like the first book ended!!!
- college life
Allyson Healey’s life is always in order. She goes to bed on time, doesn’t party too hard, and always does what is expected of her. On the last day of her school trip in Europe, Allyson runs into a guy name Willem. He invites her to tour Paris with him since she missed the opportunity to go with her classmates. Allyson decides to not be so predictable and goody-good and decides to take him up on his offer. What Allyson doesn’t know is that the next twenty-four hours will change her life forever.
Wilem→ I had mix feelings about Willem throughout the whole book. I couldn’t seem to grasp who he really was. He showed so many different personalities. First, it seemed like he might really be interested in Allyson as a potential girlfriend and then the next thing you know, he’s treating her the complete opposite! Like whaattt? I think he really liked her; he just might have been scared to love her. I don’t know! I like Willem and think him and Allyson make a great couple.
Allyson→ Wow, the different stages Allyson went through in this whole book is just beautiful to me. She’s a round character and I could actually connect with her and understand the feelings and problems she was going through.
Melanie→ Allyson’s best friend goes through some changes as well. Its pretty cool to see. Although we are not in her point of view, readers can still see and connect to her how and why she is going through the phases that she is. Its her first year in college and she has all these new adventures around her and this new taste of freedom that she has never experience before. Its realistic and empowering to read.
Allyson’s mom→ Oh, Allyson’s mom. I understand her. She seems just like a mom who isn’t ready for her baby girl to grow up. Just like everyone else throughout the book, the mom goes through inner conflict as well.
These characters are realistic and well-written. I love each and every one of them and enjoyed being able to read about their lives. I wish I was able to continue to learn more about these characters.
The writing style was wonderful. It was slow on some parts but other than that, I was able to relate to Allyson and understand her. I felt like I had an emotional connection with her and that was great. I love when I am able to connect with the characters (even though that’s danger for fangirls like me). This book is set all around the world: Europe, Mexico, Chicago, Florida, Boston, and New York. It’s in first point of view through the eyes of Allyson Healey herself 🙂
But wait! Theres more!!! On May 26, 2014, Gayle Forman wrote a short story of what happened after the end of Just One Day. So at least I get to read that! Praise the Lord!! But oh my gosh!! I’m still so freaking anxious!! You guys don’t know the feelings I was going through before I found out about the short story. I was panicking for like 20 minutes straight!!!!
I’ve never been so mad at a book before!! I threw the book across my bed!!!
This book is different from any other book I have read. Forman has written a book that anyone could relate to–whether you’re a parent, a friend, a daughter, a college student, or a lover. I would recommend this book to any age group.
Lesson Learned? Be yourself and your own motivator; you don’t need anyone elses approval for something you want to accomplish.
Book Cover: .1
Character Development/Plot: 2.8 out of 3
Imagery: .6 out of 1
Total: 4.5 stars