Saturday, September 12, 2015

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Page Count: 672
Published in: July 21, 2015
Published by: HarperCollins
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, YA, Realistic Fiction, Travel, Chick Lit
Source: Print: Hardback: Library
Age Rating: PG-14

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Gayle Forman's Twitter: @gayleforman
Facebook Page:  Facebook

Goodreads 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.

Hey guys!

       It's been about 10 days since I've read Just One Day by Gayle Forman. To be honest guys, I liked Just One Day so much better than If I Stay. I had read If I Stay around September of last year, and I didn't like it as much as I had expected to. If I Stay was so sad and depressing and kind of depressing. The story was great, but not the best. 

      Now, Just One Day was excellent! I really loved Gayle Forman's language in this. When I was reading I felt like I was in Allyson's head. I felt like I was almost her. I also love love loved the character development throughout the book, especially during the "One Year" section. Allyson developed so much throughout the book, whether it be socially, family-wise, confidence-wise, and she developed a lot in the romance department too. I could relate to Allyson in the shy personality in the beginning and I could kind of relate to the pressure she puts on herself, but I couldn't stand her mother. I feel like Allyson dealt with her family towards the end. She dealt with the "oppressive mom" character perfectly and it was absolutely lovely to read. I just loved how she grew as a character at the end. 

       I loved the minor characters that were introduced in Just One Day, especially Wren. Although you dodn’t know them for long, you felt like they had been with you for the whole book and this factor just adds to the amazing charm of this book. Throughout this book, there are tiny details or whole points in the plot that connect to the end and to the beginning.This novel was extremely poignant, because everything linked back to the beginning, which makes you realize how beautifully crafted this book is. Gayle is an amazing storyteller and I cannot wait to read Just One Year, which is the story told in Willem's perspective and I assume it's what happens after.

Y'all will love this book guys! It's so good!

My Favorite Character: Allyson
My Least Favorite Character: the thugs

If You Enjoyed ____ You Will Love Just One Day!

All of these books are really good romantic contemporaries that I have read. It's been quite a while since I've read the Justina Chen and Jennifer Echols books, but I really really loved them and marathoned all 5 of them in one go. I hope you enjoy my recommendations and I hope you enjoyed this review!

Enjoy and happy reading!

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