Just One Day – Gayle Forman


17623975Just One Day by Gayle Forman

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2013
Publisher: Speak
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, College, Summer Fun


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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.

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Leaving everything behind to follow a complete, but oh so handsome and charming, stranger?

As Claire Dunphy, from Modern Family, would say, ‘‘That’s how girls end up dead’’.

No, no, no, no, no. This is not okay.

The possible truth is that I should not have given this book a chance, but how was I supposed to know that Willem would not stir my heart?

I’m against anything resembling what Allyson is doing, because I don’t believe it’s alright for someone to trust a complete stranger so completely. At the same time, I agree that novels are fantasies on paper, so I wasn’t going to pass on this book, which was written by an author I am familiar with, only because of one detail, however important it may be.

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had felt something otherworldly beautiful between Allyson and Willem. Willem is indeed charming and interesting, but so are a million other guys. Anyone can become interesting to you if you give them a chance to open up about themselves, find common interests with them or are in admiration with them.

Because the writing was good, I could have finished this story if I had wanted to, but you know one of my resolutions this year is not to bother with books I know I won’t enjoy in any way. Sure, I believe in finishing what you start, but not when there are so many other books out there that deserve a chance. DNF.

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2 thoughts on “Just One Day – Gayle Forman

  1. I so relate to this, “I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had felt something otherworldly beautiful between Allyson and Willem.”

    There have been several times in reading a book I find problematic that I ask myself why it’s making me so frustrated when it is just “fantasy on paper” (beautifully put, BTW) and that quote is exactly what it is. I would suspend reality for a convincing relationship or something “otherworldly.” It’s why I typically don’t buy in to insta-love romances unless the author manages to convince me that the relationship between the pair is undeniable.

    Sorry this didn’t work out for you, but I loved this review!

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  2. I love this book a lot. To me, it was a novel I discovered at just the right time in my life, so it’s kind of a special one for me. Having said that, you are absolutely right that Allyson was naive to just blindly trust Willem and follow him to a different country! Also, good on you for not forcing yourself to finish a book you know you won’t enjoy 🙂

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