Monday, January 28, 2013

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day
By: Gayle Forman
Released: January 8, 2013
Source: ARC Trade Margie (Bumbles and Fairytales)
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from

I have been anxiously awaiting this book for months because Gayle Forman is one of my favorite authors. I loved every single page of One Day and never wanted this story to end. Forman wrote a stunning book that I won't forget.

Allyson has always been a good girl but while on a trip in Europe she takes a chance and goes to Paris with a boy she meets in England. After a day together in Paris, Allyson wakes up and Willem is gone. Allyson was such an excellent and realistic character that is strongly developed through the course of the story. She is on a journey of discovering who she is and what she wants out of her life. While in Paris she takes on the name Lulu and it gives her the confidence to take chances and be someone else. I know that I personally would love the chance to be a Lulu for even just for one day and Allyson inspired me.

There is just so much I loved about this book. Forman's writing is beautiful and flows so well from page to page. It was so difficult for me to put this book down. It made my heart swell but also broke it too. This book took me to so many places that I have always dreamed of going to. It especially brought me to a Paris that I wasn't expecting because it wasn't about all of the famous tourist stops. I also loved all of the fascinating characters that Allyson encounters throughout the book. 

What I loved most of all about Just One Day was that it was a story of growing up and going after what you want. I will definitely be rereading this story many more times. I'm also going to be waiting on the edge of my seat for Just One Year. I highly recommend Just One Day, it's a beautiful and inspiring story!

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  1. This sounds like a great book and I've been hearing non stop good things. I really need to read a Gayle Foreman novel!

    1. Thanks Christa! I definitely recommend Gayle Forman's books!

  2. I love this review because it is so clear how much you loved the book and that excites me. This doesnt sound like something I would normally read but after you loved it so much I may just have to try it =]

    1. Aww thanks Teresa! I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up.

  3. This book sounds great. I really need to get to reading Gayle Forman's books!

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

  4. I think I would love this book!! It sounds so fantastic. I need to get this one. Great review!!

  5. I am so excited to experience this author's writing again! I'm waiting patiently for my copy to arrive so I can read it! So happy you loved it so much. Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  6. I'm really looking forward to this one! It sounds so beautiful and I love Gayle Forman's writing style :)

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  7. Amazing review! I recently became a fan of Gayle Forman. So I was super excited to find out about this one! I haven't gotten the chance to read it yet but I'm dying too. I know it's gonna be amazing and have heard such good things. Happy you enjoyed it :)


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  9. Awesome review. I think I will really enjoy this. I love Forman's writing and this sounds like it is amazing.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  10. I remember liking this one for same reasons. Lovely review.
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    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  11. I read this recently and it was pretty amazing. I agree that the writing flows beautifully, and I thought Paris was captured really well. Great review! :)


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