And wow, it was cheesy as fuck. It came to a point where there was this sentence about how Willem felt and the next one about Allyson and no. A year ago I had a backpack, and now I have a key, he thinks. I like how they found each other and themselves in every possible way and the message is clear: Be more, be better and be happy. Dec 25, Yuanting Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is everything I wanted it to be and more.
View all 5 comments. How could you end it there?? I mean yes, that ending was beautiful, but goddammit, I needed more details! It can't possibly just end there, there's gotta be more to it! At least now I understand Willem's side of the story and finally know what goes on in that head of his. However I find myself still not as satiated as I'd hoped I would be.
View all 6 comments. Jul 07, emma rated it it was ok Shelves: Of course this would happen to me. This is gonna be great. Well, guess what, world? It was, in fact, garbage. So this book takes place over the same span of time that the first one covers, except this book, instead of being empowering and interesting and filled with amazing character development, is boring and repetitive and lovey-dovey and actually contains the biggest character downgrade I have ever experienced in my young and bitter life. Willem is mildly hot in the first book. He is mysterious and poetic and whatnot.
He speaks a lot of languages and is tall and has great hair and creates metaphors for love using wrist-Nutella. Willem is the narrator of this book, and he is the worst ever. He is obsessive in a way that has very little positive impact on himself. He mopes around and manipulates girls into loving him ha ha, the reader is supposed to say! He travels around to a few places, but with none of the visceral descriptions the first book has. What I am trying to say is it is all very bad. And the fact that this book made that glorified pamphlet of foot fetishizing have to come into creation is reason enough to one star it.
Please pretend this book does not exist. Even though I adored the first book and it's one of my favorite YA books ever, this book was not good!!! Because there is no justice or fairness or joy or love in this world!!! Review to come if I survive today!!!!! Jan 14, Christine Riccio rated it liked it. Here's my full review: His problems were different from hers. He needed to learn how to stay. How to love things fully without the fear of loss. I fe i was a little disappointed in this book.. I feel that that could have been shown wonderfully through watching his relationship bloom with Allyson and seeing their dynamic together rather than watching him wander the world- at times aimlessly- while they were apart.
View all 3 comments. Feb 07, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: I expected to find out a bit about what had happened to Willem to cause him to disappear, but I also wanted to know what happened to Willem and Allyson once they found each other again! The bit tha 2. The bit that I was then waiting for — Allyson and Willem reunited, was over in less than a page! Are you freaking kidding me? What an absolute waste of time this book was!! View all 7 comments. Oct 10, Arlene rated it it was amazing Recommended to Arlene by: ARC from Penguin Publishers. Loving someone is such an inherently dangerous act.
What an absolute treat! I've been looking forward to Just One Year since the moment I finished the first book in this series. Just One Day left me with a craving and curiosity to dive even deeper into the lives of Forman's newest cast of characters, where Allyson and Willem enjoy a chance meeting that unfortunately ends after just one day. First off I must say Just One Year did not disappoint one bit. It surprised me in more ways than one, but it also lived up to my expectations of the magic Forman is able to create when she blends her characters, setting and narrative to deliver an experience that marks writing at its best.
What I loved most about this book was that I remember wanting to know so much more about Willem than what we got in Just one Day. He came across as such a mystery that I couldn't wait to uncover. Well, in his story we truly get to peel back the layers of this intricate character as we travel with him through the cities and streets of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Mexico, and Mumbai in a quest to find a girl he met one day in Paris.
There was so much depth to his life that the first book only touched the surface of, and when he takes the stage in this newest installment, we discover an entirely different Willem that I ever thought possible in book one. I miss my father… I miss my grandfather. I miss my home. And I miss my mother. But the thing is, for almost three years, I managed not to miss any of them.
And then I spent that one day with that one girl. One day of watching the rise and fall of her sleep under the rolling clouds in that park and feeling so peaceful that I fell asleep myself. One day of being under her protection…her grip so strong that it felt like we were one person, not two. One day of being the beneficiary of her strange generosity — the barge ride, the watch, that honesty, her willingness to show fear, her willingness to show courage. It was like she gave me her whole self, and some how as a result, I gave her more of myself than I even realized there was to give.
But then she was gone. Forman truly has a way with words that offer insight and revelation in one powerful surge. On a final note, I have to share the power of the flashback moments in Paris. My only regret was not reading both books back to back because there were moments that I wondered how close these two characters came to finding each other throughout the book. As with most authors that move me with their stories, I can never quite get enough. As much as I have to admit their story is complete and my imagination can take it from here, this is one of the few times when I wish Forman would keep telling us more.
Love this book to pieces! Bravery was doing something dangerous without thinking. Courage was walking into danger, knowing full well the risks. Thank you to the lovely people at Penguin for sending me this coveted book on my wish list. So, again thank you so much Penguin for making my summer! Feb 09, Sushmita added it Shelves: Full review will be written as soon as I will be done with my exams.
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Cover has finally been revealed. And its so awesome. No wait not awesome. This is me when I saw the cover first. Not only cover but excerpt also has been released. I love you Gayle. You are so great. Okay so I finally read this book, review to come soon. Quando os Opostos se Juntam Ela despachou o assunto num dia. It was really interesting to travel the world with Willem and see how many times he was so close to Allyson but never met her. Overall a solid companion!
Jan 29, Judith rated it it was ok Shelves: But the more I thought of it, the more frustrated I became. But the moment I started trying to write my review it hit me: And very, very confused. This was my most anticipated fall release, one of my most anticipated releases ever. So naturally, when I discovered that Hannah was sweet enough to send it to Rating: So naturally, when I discovered that Hannah was sweet enough to send it to me, I did a happy dance. I also may have cried. I guess I should have seen it coming.
Just One Day was life-changing for me. How could a sequel possibly live up to that? Read the full review at Paper Riot. View all 8 comments. I just don't care about these people. Mar 15, Nadia rated it it was ok Recommended to Nadia by: To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement. As you already know from the blurb, this is from Willem's POV, who I decided was an asshole after the first book, and was still somewhat convinced that I would be proven wrong about that, and is proven right today after finishing his side of the story, and I have never been this disappointed for being right.
Willem's life history was kind of nice to venture, specially the parts in India as it seemed kind of familiar, being th Edit after reading: Willem's life history was kind of nice to venture, specially the parts in India as it seemed kind of familiar, being the neighboring country and all. But his journey to find Lulu aka Allyson? Lulu had gone out of her ways to find him, and Willem's path in turn was trivial. It made me angry that Willem wasn't as willing to risk everything for Lulu as herself.
I'm a hopeless romantic, guilty. I hate that ending, absolutely hate it! And what was that really? They were together for like two seconds in the book. I wish that the first one had been left as a standalone as Lulu is the one who's true to her heart and only the one who deserves a story, not Willem.
Can't the girl who deserves better than an asshole of a guy just stay happy with herself for being as awesome as she is? Is having a hot man in your life that important??? The book would have been so much better if Lulu and Willem didn't end up together. I'm off to my anger management support group meeting now. Just figured that Gayle Forman is a lady. My review looks uber cool now!: View all 15 comments. Nov 27, Carla rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 9 comments. And only after I'd been filled up by her, by that day, did I understand how empty I really was.
We have Willem's story. Just One Day left readers contemplating what possibly could have gone wrong, why he never came back My rating: Just One Day left readers contemplating what possibly could have gone wrong, why he never came back to Allyson and if they were ever going to be able to find each other again. Just One Year possesses the same melancholy feel as its predecessor with Willem stumbling around in an apparent daze, unable to trust the stability of his feelings for Allyson because after all Only I can't seem to find a new source of heat.
Willem was a tough nut to crack and I went through the majority of the book not feeling any sort of compassion towards him, no pity for his plight, when I think that would have been the regular response. He gave up his search for her very early on and considering we already know what Allyson went through physically and emotionally makes me sad for her. Willem was convinced to start looking for her again by friends and as much as he kept saying he was still looking for her that whole time, it wasn't an active search.
It felt like he was simply sitting back and waiting for something to happen, for her to find him. This is actually what I had originally hoped for her in Just One Day; for Allyson to recognize the incredibly transformed person she had become and she did but that even though it resulted from her meeting Willem that she didn't need him to continue to be as such. Willem found the independence and strength their meeting imbued and used it in a positive manner and while I'm glad at least one of them did this, I never quite liked Willem enough in order to root for him.
I never saw what appealed to Allyson and I never understood quite why they transformed each others lives in the first place. While I'm glad to have the closure of Willem's side of the story, I still can't help but feel the ending would have benefited from I needed to see Willem and Allyson's transformations being applied since we as readers were only afforded a quick glance before reaching the final page. Just One Year is a tale of transformation, of finding happiness, of finding love and finding yourself.
The year of 'Just One Day' through Willem's eyes. Beautiful book,just like all of Gayle's books!!! Another journey of finding yourself and figuring things out. I can't write a proper review due to hangover don't judge,its Christmas! P And i need to read what happens next!! Will there be a book three? Sep 08, Angela marked it as to-read Shelves: Oct 10, Sarah added it Shelves: I never say this, but I kind of feel like this series needs another installment.
So, if you've read JOD, you know what story I expected. Anyway, I'll write more about this on the blog, but I really appreciate that this pair of books tackles a lot of unusual themes, particularly related to f I never say this, but I kind of feel like this series needs another installment. Anyway, I'll write more about this on the blog, but I really appreciate that this pair of books tackles a lot of unusual themes, particularly related to family and self-determination.
Anyway, I think that people who really clicked with Just One Day and Allyson's story will love this, people who were unsatisfied with it, thought Allyson was spoiled etc, will probably feel the same about Willem. I would have loved to see how they negotiated their relationship which so defined both of their identities. This is nowhere near as good as Just One Day.
But companions rarely are, and it had a lot to live up to. That's not to say it wasn't good, because it was terribly so. It probably would've been better for me if I had reread Just One Day before going into this one but can't do anything about that now. I'm more than happy to reread the two consecutively at a later date, anyways. Nov 15, Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it really liked it Shelves: When Willem wakes up, he's not sure where he is, he just knows that he's alone and that someone's waiting for him.
Someone he has to get back to. Someone he might lose. I wish I could say I loved this book. Because I love Willem. A perfect blend of faults and virtues. And while his journey of self-discovery is When Willem wakes up, he's not sure where he is, he just knows that he's alone and that someone's waiting for him. And while his journey of self-discovery is vaguely reminiscent of Allyson's, it's missing a few key points that made Allyson's tale much more compelling.
Mostly, Allyson's journey involved both her and Willem. After watching the dynamics between the two of them in the first book, any reader who was sucked in as I was by Allyson and Willem's budding relationship is desperately clamoring for more interaction between the two. Sadly, this is not to be. And while I genuinely enjoyed hearing Willem's side of the story, it just didn't ring the same emotional bell. Whether this is because I'm a woman or because Gayle Forman is perhaps both is beside the point. Forman's target audience is young women, and those young women sympathize with Allyson and Willem because of their connection.
When you remove one from the other, the story seems to lag. This was acceptable in Just One Day only because Allyson's journey of finding herself was so involved. Willem's doesn't appear to be. Yes, it took a long time for him to come to his revelations, but it felt like that was dragged out for the benefit of the length of the book, not because Willem genuinely needed that much time. And all of this could have been overlooked had I been rewarded for my diligence and patience with a single shred of interaction between Allyson and Willem. What a staggering disappointment. When I really and truly consider it, I understand Forman was walking a narrow line here.
On the one hand, she wanted their reunion to be romantic. On the other, she probably didn't want it to be over-the-top, and undying declarations would definitely have made it that. However, while Willem's final action is sweet, it simply wasn't enough. One more tiny verbal interaction between the two would have gone a long way towards giving me a more complete sense of closure. I feel cheated, and that's never a good way to feel after reading something as emotionally invested as these books.
On another note, I'm thoroughly irritated with the cover. Willem is supposed to be nearly a foot taller than Allyson and blonde. I guess someone missed that memo. I've decided that this book deserves far more than my usual rating of "meh, three stars" merely because of the writing. One is a disappointment. The other feels like losing a piece of yourself. And, ultimately, to themselves. Feb 26, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads 3.
No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. Not in the way I was saddened by Just One Day—where I had some serious case of sobbing my heart out about the smallest of things. I smothered in sadness as I had a lump of disappointment that grew and grew as I read further into Just One Year. Nonetheless, this is not to say that I hated Just One Year with all my heart and soul.
His story of how the year rolled by without Lulu. He only knew Lulu for one day, and he can't even remember Lulu's real name—Allyson. We follow Willem and his accident, how it changed his path, how it took him away from his Lulu. Accidents are what create our paths, how they shape us. And how accidents brought Allyson and Willem together, and how accidents tore them apart. I loved Adam from Where She Went ; his voice was distinct, wrapped in pain. So I quite naturally expected Willem's perspective to be just as touching and enthralling. Truth be told, it wasn't as breath taking, yet still likeable.
I always envisioned Willem to be a strong, loving man in Just One Year however I was rather disappointed there's that word again to discover his wasn't as hard as nails. But his flaws were not really pitiful. His actions sometimes were not really what I'd expected from him. Willem is a runner. Not the athletic way but he runs from difficulties. But I loved how he didn't want to run from Lulu, he wanted to find her. Despite my tiny vexation towards Willem's character, the plot was my main issue.
We learn about what really happened when Willem left Allyson's side but I wasn't truly convinced or buying the idea. It wasn't until later where this theme of 'accidents' kept coming until I was sold. Yet that's not the point. My point is that I was bored. But what is unfortunately not very classic and what makes me love this book so freakin much is Allyson's character arc.
Allyson is very play-by-the-rules. She does not like to take risks. Her life is therefore very boring. Even though that means lying and stuff!! Stuff she doesn't do!! So she goes and sees it, it's all dandy, he throws a coin at her more romantic than it sounds, supposedly , and that's that. This full-on worldly total babe is on her train to London. They go to spend a day in Paris together. I'm going to say that again. That would already be a pretty good book. I love me some v simplistic cheesy romances set in Paris. Anna and the French Kiss.
But it makes up, like, a third of the whole thing. I'm honestly sorry about all the caps lock. Maybe this book isn't perfect but I'm not open to the idea that it isn't. Because this book is pretty goddamn inspiring to me. I don't want to be cheesy or heartfelt or emotionally honest because that's profoundly off-brand for me and also generally unpleasant, but I can be kiiiiind of non-risk taking and rule-following sometimes I'm highkey cringing myself so it must be well past end-this-review o'clock.
I will finish by saying: I loved this book just as much rereading it as I did in twenty goddamn thirteen. Bitter vessel of hatred; one stars books she used to love; in the midst of a Reread Extravaganza that is going, on average, quite badly. Fifteen, enjoys the simple things in life, still has braces I think, mentally rates every book highly doesn't have a Goodreads yet. But those two selves form a lopsided Venn diagram. And in the needlepoint-small cross section of that diagram: And also for sweets. I legitimately, earnestly, worry- and sarcasm-free can't wait to read the sequel.
Maybe it was to help me find someone else entirely. And I finally did it. It took me more than a year since I bought the book to actually read it. Now, boy, I did have such a hard time reading this book. And just like it happened to Allyson, I realized a great deal about myself.
Her friend Melanie is the wild one. The one who is adventurous and always tries to make Allyson to try new things. Sometimes, when you know someone from a very long time, you just end up not knowing them at all. And going to different colleges just make that even clearer. Sue me but I believe there are a lot of fucked up people in the world who can be whoever they want to be to get just what they want from people. The whole day she spent with Willem was a really great day. I had trouble with Allyson being so childish but her parents were so damn strict with her and all that control, well, I knew why she was the way she was.
Why did Willem leave? So, who the fuck is Willem, then? It all makes sense but still, he was, is, a great mystery. Why was he the way he was?
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Why was he so far from his home? Is he running away? Those same questions and more are the only thing Allyson can think. Oh, and the pain and misery she feels. The feeling that she was more herself when she was with Willem for that one day than all these years. The Allyson who was happy, carefree and real. Sometimes, you can only feel something by its absence. By the empty space it leaves behind. She was such a bitch. Not to people but to herself. She was really smart, she knew things were going to end at some point or she was going to end up living the life her parents wanted her to live.
So, after a few breakdowns and family fights and arguments with Melanie, she started to see the fucking light and started to do shit by herself. Because the book was really good. The changes, the people around Allyson, the situations, the feeling… All those things were exactly what she needed, what we needed to read because I think we can all relate to them. He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it.
When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes. Or be a different version of yourself, a better version, a version that makes you happy. Going back to Paris was a good call and I got happy what she worked her ass off and managed to do it. I liked how she worked things with her mom without giving ground away and I loved when she went to places because she wanted to.
The end of the book were both predictable and shocking. Thanks fuck I have the sequel. Maybe I'm broken, maybe I'm wrong I could've spoken sooner than I should've Only the good die old That's what they told me, but I don't know Maybe I'm breaking up with myself Maybe I'm thinking I should just keep to The things that I've been told Wait for the colors to turn to gold Do you know?
You're not alone, you're not alone That everything is crashing down You're not alone, you're not alone I'm ready for the fall I'm ready for everything That I believed in to drift away Ready for the leaves Ready for the colors to burn to gold and crumble away Maybe I'm dusting to be destroyed Always a reason breaking me After my meets in the dead of night I keep on praying to see the light Maybe I'm breaking up with myself Maybe I'm thinking I should just keep to The things that I've been told Wait for the colors to turn to gold Do you know?
You're not alone, you're not alone That everything is crashing down You're not alone, you're not alone I'm ready for the fall I'm ready for everything That I believed in to drift away Ready for the leaves Ready for the colors to burn to gold and crumble away I'm ready for the fall Ready for the leaves Ready for the colors to burn to gold and crumble away The Fall - Imagine Dragons Are you looking for a whimsical romance filled with love songs and fiery kisses?
Are you searching for a story with constant adventure, brimming with beauty and overflowing with passion? Just One Day is not one of those books. It is not shallow. It is not like Anna and the French Kiss. It is beautiful, but in a bittersweet, lyrical, and oftentimes melancholy way. This is a book for people who have ever felt lost, for those who know what it feels like to be unsure of who they are, or Are you looking for a whimsical romance filled with love songs and fiery kisses? This is a book for people who have ever felt lost, for those who know what it feels like to be unsure of who they are, or of who they want to be.
After her senior year of high school, good girl Allyson Healey embarks on a journey to Europe. By chance she encounters this actor — Willem — again on a train, but their relationship turns an entirely different direction when she decides to spend a day with him in Paris. There she becomes Lulu, an adventurous soul with no reservations, and she discovers a side of herself with Willem she comes to love in less than 24 hours. But the next day she wakes up and Willem is gone. If New Adult becomes a tangible genre in the realm of fiction, this is what it needs to be like. Just One Day is not a sexual love story.
Depending on how you define the concept, it might not even be a love story at all. It encompasses all of the emotions associated with coming of age, going back and forth between growth, angst, hope, and sadness. Her character screams of vulnerability, insecurity, and nuance, but has that spark of relatability and that whisper of strength that urges you to cheer her on. The other characters in the book: There are numerous themes that come together to form Just One Day. But my favorite has to be that of identity and discovering the truth about oneself.
View all 12 comments. Allyson made some bad decisions in this book, and as a parent you would want to ground her for life. Not telling anyone where she was o "Why are you making a bucket list then? Not telling anyone where she was or what she would be doing? And the list goes on.
What do you say? You want to go to Paris? For just one day? Did he really up and leave her? Did he leave a note? Was being screwed over once not enough? And does she really not like Nutella? I need to know! Aug 20, Siena Mirabella rated it liked it. I enjoyed this book! Definitely not what I expected but I'm pleasantly surprised. I really did enjoy the story line and progression. The character development was amazing. Although, I found myself skimming a bit during the middle due to the fact that I felt that some parts just dragged on. However, the last several chapters were fantastic which made up for it!
Apr 30, Hailey HaileyinBookland rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn't enjoy If I Stay as much as everyone else seems to and I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and didn't really enjoy it and this book is pretty similar, but it wasn't just a love story, it had so much more depth to it. I loved the pivotal role Shakespeare played in the story and how his plays all tied into the identity struggle Allyson was having.
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Just a great book overall, I'll probably do a review soon on my channel. Jan 05, Christine Riccio rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed this book! Forman was working on a new novel, Just One Day. Just One Day was a bittersweet story that entranced me, took hold of my heart, and gave it a great big squeeze! My heart still aches. Allyson is almost to the end of her graduation present, a three week trip touring Europe. On a whim and an accident, she meets charismatic Willem, a Dutch actor at the end of his tour performing the Shakespearian play, Twelfth Night.
There is an instant connection and attraction. When he finds out that Allyson missed Paris and is about to travel home without seeing it, he insists she go there with him as her guide. Normally Allyson would never do such a thing. Break her plans, and do something spur of the moment and with a total stranger? They spend an amazing and strange day together, and an incredible night, but when Allyson wakes, Willem is gone and left no clue where to find him. Added to that, Allyson is enrolled in classes basically picked by her mother as a pre-med student.
This story broke my heart! At that point on Allyson basically goes through a big depression and I felt like I went through it with her. As heartbreaking as the experience was, doing the unexpected was liberating for Allyson, and soon she starts to question what she really wants out of life.
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Spending time with these two sucked the confidence and will right out of her. At the beginning of the trip she was nothing but an attention hog, and put Allyson down continually. She poured her own expectations into Allyson instead of letting her find what was right for her. There is more to his story. I hope to find out that appearances were misleading. I hope this for Allyson, and well, for me too! You know me, I want that happy ending.
I have to think back to my feelings when I read it, and remember that for most of the story I had this achy feeling, as well. Yes, Adam and Mia loved each other, but looming ahead of them were their futures, which were about to take a very different and separate path. Even without the accident, they had a tough road ahead, and I kept wondering how things were going to work. This was multiplied tenfold when I started Where She Went and found out what happened!
But tsk, tsk, ye of little faith yes, that was me. Work her magic and heal my heart. I will leave off with a swoony quote to soothe some of the heartache: Willem holds my wrist for a long moment, looking at that birthmark. Then he lifts it to his mouth. And though his lips are soft and his kiss is gentle, it feels like a knife jamming into the electrical socket. It feels like the moment I go live. You can read this review and more at The Readers Den. View all 39 comments.
Those who enjoy books involving traveling. I'm really starting to think I need to spend more time in the Contemporary genre. Yes, I can't believe I haven't read them yet either. No, I'm not sure what my malfunction is. But what I am sure of is how happy I am to have finally read a Gayle Forman novel. Just One Day came complete with a charming cast of characters, Parisian backdrop and such a relatable coming of age story. Right from the start I knew I would love thi I'm really starting to think I need to spend more time in the Contemporary genre. Right from the start I knew I would love this book.
Allyson reminds me so much of my younger self. She's unsure of herself, follows the rules to the T, is more focused on the approval of other around her verses what she wants, etc.
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I'm sure we could all relate to feeling that way at one point in our lives and that's what made this book real for me. While Allyson is traveling Europe with her teen tour group, she stumbles across Willem, who seems to be the opposite of herself. So for just one day, Allyson decides take a few chances, takes up the alter ego "Lulu" and becomes the spontaneous traveler. I totally get that. Even still today, I get those urges of just letting go and let live. But then, the next thing I know things have gotten so widely out of control. And soon after, I'm once again craving my comfort box.
But enough about me What I loved about Just One Day is how Allyson both loses herself that day in Paris and later finds herself over the course of a year afterwards. When all is said and done and she has to resume her life after being left by Willem, she's broken, a mere shadow of who she thought she was. I think it was there that I truly started to connect with Allyson on a deeper level. Here we have a former honor student struggling to get by in her college courses, struggling to keep former relationships intact and struggling at making new ones.
What I found most interesting is that it's not her relationship with Willem that metaphorically heals her, but the secondary characters she meets at college. How often do we read in YA novels the male heart-throb being the catalyst for change in the heroine? Too often, in my opinion. Allyson's change is gradual and is due to various people and experiences, most of which have nothing to do with Willem. Ya know, pretty much how life is supposed to work.
I went into this story expecting some sort of fluffy romantic contemporary novel, but I guess I should have known it wouldn't be that simple. I suppose that's what I get for being fashionably late to the Gayle Forman party. The feeling of enlightenment I had with Just One Day was very similar to how I felt while reading Wanderlove , which also features a girl searching for answers, but ends up finding so much more. Then, of course, you have the fantastic setting of Paris.
I've always wanted to go to Paris and one day I intend to. But while I was reading, it was so easy to visualize the french cafes, the old buildings, the culture. This is the second travel type novel I've read and it's a wonderful change in scenery. High school angst vs.
I think we know who wins that round. If there is one thing I have to nitpick, it'd be the ending. Not that it was bad, but I think it has more to do with personal tastes. It's also where I found myself conflicted. I wanted her to find Willem and to figure out what happened. But on further reflection I realized something. This wasn't about Willem. It was about Allyson finding herself. But I still want to know what happens after that door opens.
I love novels that take me away from the usual and make me think. Just One Day was just what I needed. Refreshing, humorous and deep. ARC was received from the publisher for and honest review. More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. View all 11 comments. Jan 18, KAS rated it it was amazing. Exceptional author and loved this duet! View all 6 comments. My reaction upon finishing this book: The book started off great at first, it was easy to get into.
And then I got bored and wanted to "solve the mystery" of what went wrong, plus I was tired of the main character being so annoyingly mopey And then finally I had jumped to the end And it was over. No real answers to any of the questions. Just a blatant, "buy the sequel to have any sort of resolution to this book". Which I think is pr My reaction upon finishing this book: Which I think is pretty lame. Books should have a real ending, even if they are just part 1 of whatever I probably should go back and actually read all the pages that I skimmed but I wasn't enjoying them when I was invested in the book and how I'm too aggravated to want to read them.
If the book's coming out in , then the world will obviously not end in , pff. Oh gosh this book just took my heart and stomped all over it. I need Just One Year now! Full review to come once I've got all my feelings in check. Please excuse my meagre attempt at gathering my chaotic thoughts and trying to write a coherent review, but Just One Day just evoked so many different emotions within me.
So many books come around that leave just a deep lasting impression and without a doubt Just One Day is one of those books. Allyson was meant to be on trip of h Post reading thoughts: Her best friend Mel kept encouraging her to enjoy herself and make the most out of it. The next day when she meets him on the train, she makes a spur of the moment decision to travel to Paris with him for just one day. This one day ends up being an epitome of what her entire trip in Europe was meant to be about. Willem tries to encapsulate the beautiful experience of Paris for Allyson, but she ends up with leaving more than she bargained for, that would affect her whole outlook on life months later, returning to the US Allyson is a changed person.
Just One Day had the same achy, raw lingering effect on me but it was that much more profound. It was like I was on my own journey of discovery and growth with Allyson, I was led to believe so much about Willem that I felt the same amount of fury and heartache that Allyson did.
When she was lost and hurt afterwards and when she finally started doing things for herself instead of being dictated at her whole entire life. I felt like Andy Murray at Wimbledon getting pumped up by the crowd and continually pumping my fist. Willem was a complete enigma, at times I was never sure who the real Willem was, I thought I was able to get glances of him, but he was quick to cover up his true feelings.
Gayle Forman has once again created such a heartbreaking realistic read that resonated with me. For me she has taken her writing up in a whole another notch from Where She Went, I found myself constantly highlighting my favourite quotes which was pretty much the entire book and re-reading favourite passages over and over again. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day.
Anything can happen in just one day. I totally killed this story for myself in the beginning and could not get into it. I was mentally flashing to scenes from 'Taken' and kept waiting for he My rating: I can understand getting caught up in the moment and feeling a connection to someone so much that you just lose yourself in the moment Allyson was such a strange and unrealistic narrator.
Always the smart girl, the girl who played it safe, and then she meets Willem and he unlocks a side of her that she herself didn't know existed.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Allyson had been on a tour of Europe for several weeks but had never got to see Paris, so he asks for her to go with him there. They have one single day in Paris and it ended up being the most random, jumbled and seemingly unenjoyable day. So it wasn't the type of day spent in Paris like you see in the movies but they didn't even DO anything!
So much beauty surrounded them and for part of it they ended up taking a nap in the park? Are you kidding me? If I had a single day in Paris and I needed to nap I'd be pounding the red bulls and trying to get the most I could out of that day. This next kiss is the kind that breaks open the sky. It steals my breath and gives it back. It shows me that every other kiss I've had in my life has been wrong. It was disheartening to see her give up that new her just because he disappeared. I would have liked to see her take the situation for what it was: But instead she crawled deeper into her shell than she had before.
After all that and it was just one big misunderstanding and he had likely just gone out to get them breakfast?? And then he gets detoured because he winds up in the hospital requiring stitches? My theory is that those guys ended up catching him after all. Meanwhile, Allyson is flailing around Paris because she was sure he had abandoned her. And then she spends the next year dwelling on it and why he left her?
And hello cliffhanger, thanks for that. View all 29 comments. Just One Day by Gayle Forman is what I would consider a worthy start to what I truly believe will have an epic continuation. This book delivered in all the ways Forman knows how, which is a great premise, a likable cast and a primer for a promising part two.
I think the early reader Rating Clarification: I think the early readers of If I Stay will agree with me when I say we never considered the possibility that Forman would deliver a second installment to her beloved novel. To hear she was coming out with a new novel, Just One Day , had me pulling out my dancing shoes and running in circles in pure excitement. When an author earns your attention and continues to deliver greatness, there seems to be an assumed allegiance that earns them a guaranteed audience. As the trip progresses, Allyson struggles to find enjoyment in the trip until she comes across a Shakespearian Dutch actor, Willem, who sweeps her off her feet and delivers one of the most memorable days she could wish for.
I have to admit I struggled to like Allyson and Willem for a portion of the novel. I recommend that to those who read this novel. In addition, the story somewhat left me craving for more secondary character time. There were a couple of hidden gems I wanted to learn more about including Dee and Wren.
I felt like I was just getting to know Dee and his story when he was suddenly placed on the sidelines. I appreciated the themes Forman weaved into her novel around self awareness, growth and the pain of losing the possibility of what could have been.