Review by Jessica
January 2013 by Dutton Juvenile
Amazon + Good Reads
"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!"
Gayle Forman's writing and story telling is absolutely beautiful. I found the characters, settings, and plot to be very real, amazing, and I couldn't get enough of them.
Thinking this book was going to be a fun and light romance in Europe, I was surprised at the deeper journey of self discovery that takes place. I loved the whirlwind romance that takes place in Paris. The descriptions of Paris made me longing to buy and ticket and run there, and romance was breathtaking. I kept hoping they would find a way to continue their relationship.
The self discovery portion of the book was just as amazing in a more real and darker way. The author explores the themes of finding yourself, being who you want to be, exploring options, and breaking free of expectations. Discovering who you are is something that everyone goes through, and I loved how the author showed the main character do that.
Overall I loved the book and laughed and cried the whole time. The story is so real and holds many great personal discoveries and lessons.
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