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{ARC Review} Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman

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{ARC Review} Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle FormanJust One Day by Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day #1
Published by: Dutton Juvenile on January 1st 2013
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Europe, New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Traveling, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Format: ARC
Source: ARC From Publisher

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About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay 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!








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How do I describe a book that’s utterly perfect? From the first word to the last, to each sentence, page and paragraph in between. Just One Day is a dynamic experience. I was sad, lost, excited, tormented, wanting, wishing, feeling extremely too deep for these characters. I cuddled and snuggled with them. Laugh and cried with them. Lived, loved, breathed every moment and breath with them. Gayle Forman brought me to my knees with her words. Held me captive with every turn of the page lost in the anticipation of what will happen next.

[pullquote align=”right”]From the first word to the last, to each sentence, page and paragraph in between. Just One Day is a dynamic experience.[/pullquote]
And what could possibly happen in just one day? Nothing? Anything? Everything


Allyson is your typical all-American good girl. Lives by the rules, on a straight and narrow path to a future planned for her many years earlier. However, all that changes when she decides for one moment, to forgo those rules and see the Shakespearean play, The Twelfth Night while on a summer trip in Europe. By chance, she meets a free-spirited Dutch actor from the play, Willem. The play moves her in ways she didn’t expect, and so does Willem. Though it doesn’t matter because instant connection or not, she’s leaving the next day. But by fate, miracle, or chance, on a train to London she meets the handsome suave stranger again. Thus begins a one day romantic tryst of fun, nervousness, angst, fear, and adventure.  Unfortunately, all stories must come to an end, and as quickly as Forman brought these two characters together, she tore them apart. And our one day love affair was left forever lingering on Allyson’s mind.


I am in compete awe over this novel. I think a part of me died when Allyson left Europe heartbroken over Willem. He sparked things in her she’d never experienced or dreamed she would experience, and to see it all come crashing down was enough to make me want to pick her up and cradle her in my arms. During her one year, we watch Allyson grow and mature into the person she (not her parents) want her to be. She learns to speak her mind, follow her own dreams and heart, and conquer several fears. Her transition is beautiful; left me rooting for her repeatedly when I was almost certain she would fail. Willem is the boy we all dream about, uninhibited, able to make you melt with a single brush of his finger over your skin.  He’s perfectly imperfect. Yet despite his flaws, you are so easily able to fall head-over-feet in love with him. And I did. And will again in the next installment, Just One Year.


Overall, if you are looking for a novel to warm your soul and make you question the way you live your own life, then you MUST read Just One Day. With its infinite twists and turns, you’ll be mesmerized by Forman’s ability to leave your heart all across Europe, pining for one more second.

 One more hour.




One more day.




One more week.




One more month.




One more year, of love.






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Edible Quotes:

Allyson and Willem: “Being in love is a birthmark?” I joke as I retract my arm. But my voice has a tremble in it, and the place where his wet thumbprint is drying against my skin burns somehow.
“It’s something that never comes off, no matter how much you might want it to.”
(ARC page 64)

Allyson: We kiss again. The next kiss is the kind that breaks open the sky. It steals my breath and gives it back. It shows me that every other kiss I’ve had in my life has been wrong.
(ARC page 127)