Sunday, 16 August 2015

Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Gayle Forman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
"Why are you making a bucket list then?"
"Because if you wait until you're really dying, it's too late."

I really liked this book! Which is quite shocking considering that I really didn’t like ‘If I Stay’/’Where She Went’.

Allyson made some bad decisions in this book, and as a parent you would want to ground her for life. Jumping on a train to Paris with a man she’d only just met? Leaving her suitcase with someone she doesn’t know (who could plant a bomb in it)? Not telling anyone where she was or what she would be doing? And the list goes on. I’ll admit that she was acting on lust, but things could have worked out really badly. She’s lucky she didn’t end up dead.

"So, Lulu? What do you say? You want to go to Paris? For just one day?"

Anyway, putting Allyson’s craziness to one side, I did enjoy this book, and I liked the mystery over exactly what happened. (Highlight to view spoiler - Was Willem really just trying to pull one? Did he really up and leave her? Did he leave a note? What happened?

And then returning to Allyson’s craziness – was returning to Paris alone really a good idea? Was being screwed over once not enough? And does she really not like Nutella?

"How can I come this far and not be brave?"

And then the ending – what happened? I need to know! Such a cliff-hanger!! )

8 out of 10

Anybody else want to learn French and go to Paris now?

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