Friday, October 18, 2013

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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!(from Goodreads)

Flo's Review
Okay, I LOVE If I Stay and Where She Went. I LOVE to travel. And so many people LOVE Just One Day that I basically went in thinking it was going to be my new favorite book.

...maybe that was my first mistake. I know I am in the minority here, but I just couldn't connect with this book. I've always had a hard time when I don't like the protagonist or any of the main characters in the story. And I just didn't like Allyson. I understand that she had to start off in one place in order to experience growth over the course of the novel and end up in a better place than where she started. But does that growth have to take forever?! I'm going to be honest -- I didn't make it all the way through the book. I got to page 172 of a 368 page book and she was still hanging on to this thing that happened half a year ago and living a mopey life. She wasn't being at all nice to the people who loved her most -- her parents and her best friend. Still, I can understand. One of my favorite books started off with the character being a complete jerk. (I'm looking at you, Sam Kingston!) But I didn't feel that Allyson was growing at all. She was in the same rut and I just couldn't make myself keep reading to see if she got out of it. I kind of skimmed the second half of the book, and I see that more travel is involved. But even that couldn't motivate me to sit with Allyson any longer.

On the positive side, the actual Day? Pretty cool. I liked that it wasn't the typical touristy Paris that Willem and Allyson did. They just kind of went with the flow and experienced Paris as it was happening to them.


  1. I was going to read this in the near future because Just One Year is coming out. I am going to have to move it back down the TBR list.

  2. I almost skipped this review because I always feel awful when people gush about this book - because I did not like it. So yay! We are not alone lol

    For me I felt like Allyson didn't grow at all. And when she finally gets her act together it's all about finding Willem. Who I also didn't like.

  3. Karen -- thanks so much for your comment! I really thought I was alone in the world with not liking this book. *breathes sigh of relief*