Mon, November 12, 2012

Just One Day by Gayle Forman Review

Just One Day book cover

Just One Day book cover

Just One Day
By Gayle Forman
Publication date: Jan. 8, 2013
Dutton Juvenile, 320 pages
Source: 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!

— Goodreads.com description

I know I’m a book nerd. You know I’m a book nerd. This is nothing new. But even I was surprised by my reaction to getting Just One Day in the mail. Squealing was involved. I hugged it. I’m not proud, but I’m honest. I WAS THAT PUMPED.

Well, friends, I was right to be excited, because this is one of the best books I’ve read all year. There’s romance, there’s travel, there’s NEW ADULTS! I’m already loaning it out to friends, describing it as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight meets Wanderlove. Whee!

Here’s one thing I have to warn you about, though: I hated every single character in this book at one point — some briefly, some for chapters upon chapters. GAYLE FORMAN! HOW YOU TOY WITH ME! This isn’t a personal preference thing…Forman clearly wants her readers to be frustrated and confused and angry. I think my reaction stems from how real this book seemed. It’s a larger-than-life situation, for sure, but the characters are far from perfect (the boy is sort of a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, actually) and they have to fail (often repeatedly) before they can grow. It’s killer, but it’s SO GOOD. I mean, we should have learned from If I Stay and Where She Went that this author is a mastermind when it comes to writing about emotional situations.

Love it. You will close this book ready to beg for the next installment, 2013’s Just One Year.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Kandee said:

    Oh, ohhhh. I read If I Stay a while ago and loved it. I cannot wait for this release, I’m looking forward to this book, even though I don’t want to be frustrated with the characters, I want to love them.

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  2. Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books said:

    I am DYING to read this book, and that you’ve called it The Statistical Probability meets Wanderlove? Those are literally 2 of my 4 favourite books from this year. I don’t know how I’m going to wait now!

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  3. Lori said:

    I adored it too!

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  4. We Heart YA said:

    Wow, hm. We’re really glad to hear you say you liked it, because we read the excerpt (on Entertainment Weekly or wherever) and felt… disappointed? wary?

    But if you’re saying it’s as good as IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT, well, then how can we resist?

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  5. Tabitha @ Tabitha’s Book Blog said:

    I NEED THIS BOOK. I cannot wait to read it and your review has made me want to read it even more.

    I’m glad you liked it!

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  6. kit said:

    I really enjoyed If I Stay and Where She Went, and this sounds like another awesome Forman novel – definitely one I’ll be looking out for when it’s released! Great review. :)

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  7. Meaghan said:

    I LOOOOOVED If I stay and Where She Went. Two of my favorite reads in the last year. I cannot wait to get my hands on this!!

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  8. Karen said:

    yaaaaay, can’t wait! I’ve learned my lesson, though, and will NOT read this one in public. Gayle Forman is a master of emotion-twisting, and I don’t cry pretty ;)

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  9. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    I. Cannot. Wait. I love Gayle Forman! Her writing so so brilliant and I am definitely looking forward to this one!

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  10. Maria said:

    Isn’t there some kind of rule saying you can’t review a book until it’s available to everyone? This is just torture, Anna, TORTURE! ;)

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  11. Jen (A Reading Daydreamer) said:

    I love this review, Anna! I’m quite excited to read this one. I haven’t read Where She Went yet, but I totally agree with you–Gayle Forman is a total mastermind when dealing with emotions! She is able to make us readers frustrated and fall in love with the characters at the same time. Lovely review, Anna!

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  12. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said:

    Okay, so I totally agree with everything you said. I also was incredibly psyched to receive a copy of this, and I had to tear into it right away. And now I’ve spent the past few days, even while reading other books, trying to reconcile my definite 5 star rating with how much I was confused about the characters and whether I actually liked them or not.. and whether I was actually supposed to root for this couple, and what the heck I thought of the ending. But it’s really all those feelings that made me give this book 5 stars in the end, because if I keep thinking about all these things like the characters are real, then I know the author has done a fabulous job. But still… absolutely dying for Book 2.

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  13. Dizneeee said:

    Ohhhh, yay! I can’t wait to read this book. I love, love, love, LOVE Gayle Forman!

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  14. Nikki said:

    I’m so super jealous that you got to read this book!! I am obsessed with Gayle Foreman. She ruins me with her books. Great review, Anna…now, I’m dying to read it myself!

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  15. Alex said:

    Words can’t express how jealous I aright now. Where she went is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I look forward to January 8th.

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  16. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    Woot! I’m shakin in my boots with anticipating. Cannot. Flipping. Wait. Love that you got so excited for this one. I think I may have died. Haha :)

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  17. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    “I’m already loaning it out to friends, describing it as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight meets Wanderlove.”

    You had me with that particular phrase. SERIOUSLY. Those are two of my favorite novels of this year, and thus I am DYING to read this one now! It sounds extremely awesome.

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  18. April Books & Wine said:

    YES. To all of the things.

    Forman IS a master of emotional situations forever.

    Also, let’s break into Penguin so we can read Just One Year. :-)

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  19. Reader and Reviewer – Book Bug said:

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