From goodreads: 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.
I’m not sure how to start this review because when I love a book so much, words seem to fail me and my thoughts are always all over the place! This is a beautiful story about falling in love, a painful awareness of the what if and ultimately, self-discovery. Just One Day will take you on journey in taking chances, freeing yourself from expectations and living in the moment, this is that story. I felt as though I lived every word in this book and I only wanted more as the story progressed.
“Sometimes the best way to find out what you’re supposed to do is by doing the thing you’re not supposed to do.”
Allyson is a heroine that I identified with completely because who hasn’t played it “safe” to a fault?? I found her to be incredibly witty and heartbreaking, yet her self-discovery was absolutely inspiring. To sum up her take on her European vacation…it was an EPIC disappointment and then she meets the free-spirited Dutch boy, Willem. It’s when she meets him that she’s able to see the world through his eyes, making her question who she is and what she wants. And after all, Allyson is just trying to find her place in the world, aren’t we all?
“You’re just trying on different identities, like everyone in those Shakespeare plays. And the people we pretend at, they’re already in us. That’s why we pretend them in the first place.”
Willem is quite mysterious but I believe that’s the author’s intention, even though he’s fun and full of life. He’s not perfect as Gayle Forman would like us to think because his story is waiting to be told!!! I can’t wait to read his POV in Just One Year (Just One Day, #2). His character is almost underdeveloped since we don’t know that much about him except how he comes to care for Allyson and that’s it; hopefully book 2 will give us insight to who he is.
“We kiss again. 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.”
I was captivated by this story, the excellent pace and witty writing. It’s engaging and incredibly thought-provoking or at least that’s how I feel about it. What you can expect…the first half of the story is all about Allyson and Willem, the second half is ALL about Allyson and who she is and don’t even get me started on the ending!!! Luckily, Just One Year (Just One Day #2) will be released on October 10, 2013. It’s a colorful journey set on the backdrop of Paris, what’s not to love??
“I think you’re the sort of person who finds money on the ground and waves it in the air and asks if anyone has lost it. I think you cry in movies that aren’t even sad because you have a soft heart, though you don’t let it show. I think you do things that scare you, and that makes you braver than those adrenaline junkies who bungee-jump off bridges.”
While this is a pricey book…you won’t have buyer’s remorse once you are done reading it!