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