Review: Just One Day

Just One Day
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Hardcover, 369 pages

Allyson went to Europe, met a boy, ran away with that boy to Paris for a day, and then ran back when she was abandoned by that boy in an art gallery. Over the course of the next year, Allyson’s first year of college, her search for this boy leads her to find herself. Take a look at what the author has to say about the novel.

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I read this for my YA Romance #bookgapchallenge in May of 2013. It started a little slowly for me; I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get into it, and I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d like it. There was a point where I almost put it down. But because I decided that I was going to read 12 YA romance novels this year, I plugged through.

I was really intrigued by the character of Dee, who Allyson meets in her Shakespeare Out Loud class. He’s a different person with different people, and he has this line about how we are the people we pretend to be, which I think I’m going to need to think about for a bit. But I love how he’s complex, imperfect, and the friend that Allyson needs to help her on her path to move forward.

I was inspired by this book, and by Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and I wrote a song called “All the World’s a Stage,” drawing on the references to Shakespeare throughout the story.

I’m as excited to read the companion book, Just One Year as I was to read Where She Went, which is the companion to If I Stay (a novel I quite loved).

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