Published by Penguin on January 8th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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!
I finally gave in and read this book. I have been avoiding this book, because after reading Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, I knew that Forman has a thing for broken hearted stories, and I know that the feels like be ASDFGHJKL. But when I saw this at the library, I decided that it’s time. It’s time for me to pick it up and sob like a baby. And I loved it.
This book is about romance. It’s about meeting a complete stranger and falling in love with it. It’s about being fearless. And I love this book because it has so much character development. Allyson has always been so organised, a typical good girl. She follows what her parents want her to do, and never does things for herself. Until Willem comes along. Abandoning everything to go Paris with this stranger for one full day, she never expected it to be one of the best days of her life. I felt closer to Allyson, because I wanted her to change. I wanted her to be that Lulu that she was. I wanted her to find herself in this book, and she was my favorite character. Watching her character changed into something better, someone better makes my heart swells in pride (I don’t know why).
There were just SO MUCH FEELS in this book. I’m trying to organize my thoughts well, so please excuse me if some of it doesn’t make any sense. I loved that half of this book happened in a day. SO MUCH happened in a day. It kinda makes you reflect on what you did for YOUR day. Throughout the whole book, you could see the way Allyson slowly falls for Willem, and I did too, even though I don’t really know him. And that’s the mystery of it, you see. WE DON’T KNOW THIS GUY. And granted, I was actually a little bit freaked out when Ally agreed to go off with a mysterious stranger, but when I think about it, I would do that too. Lots of people got annoyed at this part, saying that it was stupid, but I said that it’s about taking chances. And maybe it would turn out bad, and maybe it would turn out good, you’ll never know. And I loved it that she took this chance, this chance that so many people would have wished they had.
And we don’t know this guy. Throughout the whole book, I have no idea who this Willem is. But I wanted to get to know him, and since this book was in Allyson’s POV, it was quite hard. Which makes it even better, because it leaves the whole book in suspense. And keeps you wanting for the next book, which will be in Willem’s POV. So you know what, I love this book. I really love this book even though I do not know Willem, because I got to know Allyson throughout the whole book. And I’m sure the next book, Just One Year, will tell me all I need to know about Willem, and maybe then it’s his turn for the readers to fall in love with.