“I hate that this is a series. Whatever happened to the YA standalone? These are immature self-absorbed characters who don't have much appeal to me. Nevertheless the writing is good in that it puts you right there, smack in the heart of wherever these characters lead you.”Jill A wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although the beginning feels a bit cheesy and the mother-daughter conflict trite, Foreman rounds this book out with a truly engaging and believable evolution of a girl growing up. She finds her way back to the authentic portrayal of young adult life (albeit in extraordinary circumstances) that has made her such a favorite.”Teacher Lady wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was so honest and gripping, I can only hope that one day I can write something as captivating as this novel was to me. Alyson is such a relatable character, who is searching for herself. It's not all about the romance but about her strength to ultimately find out who she really is. ”Mikki wrote this review Wednesday, March 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Full review on Reader's Dialogue: http://readersdialogue.blogspot.com/2013/03/just-one-day_17.html
I love love love love love this book! I actually hadn't read any Gayle Forman before this, but you can bet I'm rushing to check out her other books!
You can actually feel the emotion emanating off every page with every one of Allyson/Lulu's thoughts and emotions. I felt like I myself was going on this rollercoaster of emotions, the giddiness of breaking free and doing something totally out of character, the despair when that plan seems to have backfired, and the subsequent questioning of her own personality and point to life. I love that section when she's totally withdrawn and depressed. It's described so beautifully, so painfully. And of course I love the "day," the way Allyson experiences it all with such wide-eyed wonder and utter glee. Fantastic.
As a story about self-discovery, this book does amazing things with a common theme, delving deeper and further than any book I've read recently into what a teenager could feel as she moves out of adolescence and tries desperately to claim her life as her own.”
“I really enjoyed If I Stay and Where She Went so I was really looking forward to this book. A huge let down I felt. Allyson meets Willem on a train and they take a one day trip to Paris. Snore! ”The Book Worm wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved If I Stay and Where She Went, but I was a little disappointed with this book. I'm not sure why. I liked the characters. I understand Allyson's plight. So I'm not quite sure why this book was so disappointing to me.”Laura B wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My resolution to not start a series until all of the books have been released went right out the window! When I started this book I had no idea that there was going to be a second book, released in October, called Just One Year. I didn’t realize it until I was half way through the book and happened to glance at the back cover – “Coming Soon!” Seriously?! Now I have to wait another 8 months for this story to end?? I HATE it when that happens!
Allyson is on a trip through Europe before starting college in the fall, boring, reliable, safe Allyson, when she meets Willem, a Dutchman performing Shakespeare, and agrees to spend a day with him in Paris. Willem dubs her Lulu, and for that one day she allows herself to be, to feel, to experience, to love.
“Because that day with Willem, I may have pretended to be someone named Lulu, but I had never been more honest in my life. Maybe that's the thing with liberation. It comes at a price.”
When Allyson wakes up the next day and is unable to find Willem, she has to find herself. Her one day in Paris changes her life and sends her on a year of self-discovery.
“Part of me knows one more day won't do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”
Allyson is not the only character on a journey of self-discovery - her best friend tries on different personalities as casually as trying on shoes and abandons Allyson in the process. Dee, her gay friend in college, is also trying to figure out who and how to be, who to show himself to, and what parts of himself to share. Allyson’s mother is controlling and annoying, but as a mom myself I can appreciate her journey of figuring out who she is if her days are not absorbed with being Allyson’s mom. How does a young adult break away and how does a parent learn to let go?
Just One Day was a joy to read (even if there is now an 8-month long cliffhanger!), although Allyson’s struggle to find herself does get a little annoying in the middle of the book where she seems to spend far too much time feeling sorry for herself and very little time trying to do something about it! Having said that, I was racing to the end, found it to be a quick and enjoyable read filled with travel, friendship, and maybe even love…
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“This was amazing! The characters were so great and the story was so good that I had a hard time putting it down. What a wonderful book!”Jenny R wrote this review Friday, March 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great book by Gale Forman. She really can get inside the head of a young girl and express many feelings that students trying to figure out their future deal with. Allyson is strong and does what she feels is the best choice for her and her future. I look forward to reading the sequel.”Debbie T wrote this review Monday, March 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No