Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Published: January 8th, 2013
Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
Gayle Foreman’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.
Rating: 4 Stars / 5 Stars