Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day  - Gayle Forman

Goodreads summary:

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.


My opinion:

I was in the mood for something fun and cute, so I decided to pick this one up. I really liked the book! I love how the author uses those ''typical'' Dutch traditions and names in it (I'm from the Netherlands) which made it more special for me I guess. This book also made me think about how I want to travel (more) and not to be ''afraid'' or ''bored'' by it. It was a really good and cute contemporary read for me.


The two reasons why I didn't give it 5 stars though, is because it's kind of crazy to work so hard and to be so depressed over a guy you just spend one day with. I would never do that though (or maybe I should?) and it's not something that's re-readable. Oh and also: I had to skip some lines because I didn't want to get spoiled for some Shakespeare plays (I've only read and know the story of Romeo and Juliet).


After I finished Just One Day, I decided to pick up the short novella (Just One Night #2.5) because Just One Day ended with a cliffhanger. I kind of wish the novella was more like a third book instead of a novella, because it was way too short and too rushed. So I gave this novella 3.5 out of 5 stars.


As you may have noticed I haven't read the second book in this series, Just One Year, because this is just the same story but than from Willem's perspective. I'm still not sure if I want to read (aka buy) this one because I already kinda know what happened to him. If you have read it, please let me know if I should.


However, if you're looking for a cute contemporary (and fast read): read this one!


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