Just One Day
Published January 8, 2013
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!
Photo and summary from Goodreads.com
I finished this on Thursday and I have been holding this close to my head and heart since. Thursday was a weird day for me as a Chicago suburbian. I went from my day being scheduled to the minute from 8am-9pm, to having the day completely off because of a massive amount of flooding everywhere. So, I took that time to be transported into this carefully crafted story Gayle Forman created.
There are some books I read just for fun, some I read because I know they’ll be good, some I read just because I feel like I need to in life, and some I read because I know they’ll speak to a certain part of me. I figured this book would just be a fun whirlwind travel romance. Instead, it ended up hitting a quiet part of me that I know exists, but forget to pay attention to.
What do you do when you realize all you do is pretend? What do you do when you and your best friend growing into different people? What do you do when you just have a taste of something you could have, and then lose it?
This is about courage. Boy, is it about courage. This is about discovering that you may not know who you are. This is a book with LOTS of Shakespeare references. This is a book about pinpointing something you want and choosing to either let it slip through your fingers or fight for it. This is a book about doing what may seem impossible.
After reading Just One Day I was buzzing. I was filled with so much energy and realized how much is possible in this big ole world of ours. This week has been crazy. Absolutely positively nuts. With all of the anger and fear and sadness and eyeopeners, it was really great to have my eyes opened in a different way. There are whole bunches of absolutely beautiful people that can be found throughout the entire world.
So would I suggest you read this? Yes, yes, and yes. I feel like Foreman covered new ground in this beautiful book, and it’s not just because it is technically filed under “New Adult” since it takes place the summer of high school and feeds into college. She was able to successfully tap into the human story.
Props to you, Gayle! I am officially going to start slipping this into people’s baskets and book piles at my store.
Other fun things:
Watch Gayle Forman speak at the Tucson Festival of Books. She also reads from Just One Day. Whoo!