This week I am reviewing Just One Day by Gayle Forman.
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.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the second one. The story is told from the point of view of Allyson. She goes on a tour on Europe and at the very end she meets Willem. They go off to explore Paris on her last day before returning to America. The first part of the book is centered on their journeys around Paris. I loved this part of the book because I have always wanted to visit Paris. I also loved that they didn’t really visit the main tourist parts but instead just explored they city. Most of all I liked getting to see Allyson and Willem’s relationship develop.
The second part of the book is about Allyson’s life has she tries to get over Willem and survive her first year in college. I could totally relate to how she felt transitioning from high school to college and struggling to live up to the idea of the happy college student. Then she finds her place with a great group of friends. These friends help her get her life back on track and are the kind of supporting characters that make the book come alive. I enjoyed watching how Allyson found her self and learned to follow her dreams.
Overall I thought this was a great book that will leave you with a serious case of wanderlust. I would recommend it for anyone who loves romances about travel, Shakespeare, or falling in love.