GENRE: Young Adult; Chick-lit
SERIES: Just One Day
PUBLISHER: Published January 10th 2013 by Random House (first published January 8th 2013)
Blurb: 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 ofTwelfth 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. (Provided by Goodreads)
REVIEW: Once again, I see the familiar element of family, friendship and romance in this another enthralling novel of Gayle Forman. But she added other formulas that will easily draw you in to the story: travel, adventure, Shakespeare and the notion of getting lost and being found. This is a story that tells about Allyson’s self-discovery and her quest of finding the guy who changed the way she sees herself and her life in just one day.
Forman’s If I Stay is rich with music as Just One Day is with literature. Apart from the notion of ‘Anything can happen/change in just one day’, another factor that piques my curiosity is the introduction with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. I’m an avid fan of Shakespeare and his plays being quoted or used in contemporary novels always intrigues me; and prior to As You Like It in this story, it only heightened my excitement as to what kind of romance this story has to unravel.
Shakespeare’s plays are one of the many variants that take responsibility for the romance that sparks between Allyson and Willem. His plays and characters weave their way through Allyson and Willem’s life story revealing their characteristics and different perspectives in life.
Just One Day sets in different countries but its European setting will mainly burn your desire for a eurotrip. It will give readers a buoyant mood with its every mention of its rich culture. I also found humor at the expense of revealing of some comical differences between american and european culture.
Forman, once again, used her talent at tugging the heartstrings of her readers with a vivid and emotional depiction of how most of teenagers and young adults deal with their parents. Prior to this and her novel If I Stay, she made sure that her stories don’t only revolve around the protagonists but also focus on the significant people around them.
The story ended the way I did not expect nor suspect; I think that’s what Gayle Forman always does–she puts you on the edge of your seat and anticipates you with this kind of ending. You will surely jump right into this book’s companion novel. I love the story, kudos to Gayle Forman!