Synopsis: 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.
I have heard soo much hype about this book and Gayle Forman's writing so I was extremely excited to read this. I must admit though, I was expecting a bit more.
I LOVED the traveling aspects, the food, and the languages in this book but I found that the characters, romance and turn of events was a little choppy and confusing at times. I really liked the very beginning of this book but I found that the one day spent in Paris was a little hard to follow but still good. I did find Allyson a little annoying at times and I couldn't really relate to her and understand all her decisions. I also liked Willem but I didn't think he was anything special. Although the college scenes were a tad boring at times, I really enjoyed seeing Allyson change her classes and really discover herself as a person instead of being her parents perfect golden girl. I also freakin LOVED Dee. He was amazing. Also, Allyson's mom drove me crazy. She was so controlling etc but I did like the tension and the mood that her craziness created.
I loved that Ally went back to Europe and I really liked watching her find the little clues on her way to Willem. I did lose a lot of respect for Willem though when you find out how he was had relationships with almost EVERY girl in Europe. I highly enjoyed reading about Allyson's travels but I found that the ending was a bit of a let down. I was just DYING to see them have their first convo together since Paris but it never happened. Maybe you get to see that in the next book. There were aspects that I hated and aspects that I loved. I don't plan on running out to buy the next book but if I see it for cheap somewhere I will probably pick it up.
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