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 is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
I started this book on a whim because I was in between books and found myself engrossed in the story and couldn't stop reading. Now, I love Gayle Forman's previous books, If I Stay and Where She Went, immensely (You could go so far as saying I'm a 'Forman Fanboy' if there ever was such a thing) so it's no surprise that I was yet again captivated. After finding out that this book was about one of my favorite things ever, traveling, I had to read it.
I had just finished another book when I started this one. Soon after starting, I shut out nearly everything and everyone until I finished it. The story opens with Allyson and Mel on the trip of a lifetime across Europe and ending in England where everything changes. They meet a guy. Guy seems interested. Guy invites girls to see a play he is in. New chapter of Allyson's life begins.
After meeting Willem, the hot, literate, Shakespearean actor, Allyson was entranced. But their trip was almost over which would separate them forever. That is until Willem asks her to go to Paris with him just for a day so she could see it the way it was meant to be seen. The story continues to follow Allyson a year later, in college, and her search to find Willem again.
I absolutely adored this book and the characters themselves. I can't say that I don't wish I could lead the same life as Willem himself, just going the direction the wind blows him, traveling across Europe. And having plenty of ladies adoring at my feet wouldn't hurt either. I mean, who hasn't wanted a European fling at some point in their life? Don't lie. This book will captivate and suck you in until you are on your way to Paris yourself just to fulfill that travel ache you receive after finishing it.
Just One Day is a fast-paced romantic journey that leaves you with a severe case of wanderlust and butterflies.
I also recommend The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, Paper Towns by John Green, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.