Influenced by –> Just One Day

Book Review  { 5 } 


Just One Day by Gayle Forman
{Published} Dutton Juvenile on Jan 8th 2013
{Series} Just One Day #1
{Pages} 368 Hardcover by Gayle Forman
{Genres} Travel Fiction, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction
{Source}  Community Library

My Simple Thoughts:

The book breezes brought me word of a beautiful travel fiction, it was turned into a must read. Just One Day was an endearing book about being lost & found, finding courage from within, & discovering oneself while gaining a place in this world. How many of us feel lost at one point or another? Most of us.

Why would one enjoy a good travel fiction? Oh, the places you can visit through another’s eyes can be just as unforgettable as your own adventures!

Allyson is gifted a trip throughout what most would consider major Europe. A dream trip for many of us. Yet, Allyson feels as if she is just going through the motions required of a tourist, and is not having much fun. Starting off in Stratford-Upon-Avon we are transported straightaway. She decides to finally make a choice so as not to have the trip a complete fail. Changing into a momentary rebel Allyson decides to not attended Hamlet with the rest of her tour group but to venture out to view another of Shakespeare’s works performed by a local group near the canal after reading a flyer thrust into her hands. A happy accident?

“Travelling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.”

Enter stage right is young Willem. A dutch mysterious swoonworthy boy who has Allyson feeling like “LuLu” a person who can travel the world instead of follow. Needless to say I was very much hooked on Willem. He told “LuLu” as he named her to go Paris as she dreamed of. She blunders and sputters out reasons that controlled people would droll out. For Allyson such a spontaneous trip is not wise but it is Paris & to go with Willem? Propositions happened, next she is on the train to Paris with a young man she hardly knows headed to a city she also knows next to nothing about. Unbecoming for some but for me the dash of adventure was a rush. For Allyson it quickly turns to panic.

“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.”

Just One Day is full of so much. However, I was full of glee to find that splattered throughout the book there were great amounts of Shakespeare. It was a fun change to read about Shakespeare in life, performances and classroom reads, rather then reading Shakespeare myself.

The beginning and the end of the book were simply wonderful to read. I found the middle to be just a bit sluggish. The depressed actions of Allyson developed from one day from one boy was just a tad annoying. You know, the sort of annoying that makes you want to slap someone so they snap out of it. {It was just a bit too much Bella Swan-ish}. Allyson started to find her way back to the world as she discovered the woman she wants to be.  Despite this misstep it did have a good message in the end.

I really enjoyed joining Allyson through her adventure through Europe!!

** Thanks to the Oneida Community Library. However, my thoughts have not been swayed or swaggered excepted through my own distorted brain.**


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