Just One Day Duology #1
Published by Speak on August 20, 2013
Allyson Healey´s life is exactley 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.
My ReviewI went to the new (at that time) program and found this title where I knew, I had it on my wish-to-read-list since a few months. So I took my chance and when it arrived I was eager to see, if all those critics I´ve read about it were true.
And I have to say: Gayle Forman has a fantastic way to write about feelings, fears and what it means to be a teenager and spreading out your wings and experience life.
The story is written from Allyson´s point of view and shows in a wonderful way that it is up to you, to make something out of your life; to be happy. Just One Day is all about Love, chances, friendship and to find oneself and that sometimes it’s the way you go, that makes you see things how they really are.
Good the first part of this novel isn´t really breathtaking, but the second one … wow! Just wow! Allyson changes completely and when she starts to realize that it isn´t helpful at all for her personal life, that she never stands up against her mother and that her parents speak to her, but never with her, and she finally begins to take back the control of her life - the real fun kicks in. And of course her mother isn´t happy with the new situation and the tension between them grows and grows, but hey, that´s life, isn´t it?
*I´ve read the German edition new release by Fischer FJB on March 22, 2016.
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.