Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: January 8th
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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!
I had to take quite a bit of time to gather all of my thoughts together for this one. It was just that good…and that emotional.
Just One Day was one of those reads that the moment you start from the first line, you KNOW it’s going to be special. It’s like all the breath rushes out of you from the first sentence, and then you’re glued to the pages because you can’t stop reading--you won’t stop reading--until you find out what it is about the book that suddenly has you in its grasp. Then you meet the characters, see their world, share their moments.
This book took control of me. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I found myself immersed into Allyson’s adventure in the beginning. The feelings that jumped from the pages were electric, and the emotions through the rest of the book were heart-wrenching.
Reading the synopsis above, you may think it’s going to be about some lovey-dovey, cheesy Shakespearean-themed romance. It’s not. This is more about tragic loss and need. The need to find oneself. Love lost and cherished. Adventure. Memories. It’s deep and thought-provoking. These characters and the messages throughout will grab at your heart. I still can’t properly form my thoughts as to how much I loved this book.
I’m looking forward to the companion, Just One Year, when I can revisit some of the characters-as well as Willem to get his story. Also, quite obviously, I need to definitely read more of Forman’s work.
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