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Just One Day/Gayle Forman Read Along – Week 3

Jenna Does Books is our lovely host for this leg of the Gayle Forman Read Along! She’s been a fantastic host for us so far with some really great questions! Onto week three!

September 18th (Chapters 1-9): Questions week 1
September 25th (Chapters 10-19): Answers week 1, questions week 2
October 2nd (Chapters 20-29): Answers week 2, questions week 3
October 9th (Chapters 30-39): Answers week 3, questions week 4
October 16th: Answers week 4, Recap, Winner Announcement

QUESTIONS: WEEK 3

  1. What is your opinion? Do you think signing up for the Shakespeare class is progress for Allyson, or regression – since it may not necessarily help her to move on from “that one day”?
    Hmmmm, very good question. I think in a way, it was sort of regression. She’s still holding onto that moment and not letting it go at all. She won’t even make progress by actually participating in the play. BUT. I think she learned a lot about herself and that day by going through the Shakespeare class and seeing parallels (carefully placed by Gayle Forman)!
  2. Ah, Dee… Share your input on this unique character. How is he similar/dissimilar from Willem?
    Oh, Dee. I absolutely love him. Usually I don’t like characters who are “characters”, but that was the whole point. Dee was always playing the part that people assumed of him so he really felt like a real person just showing people what they wanted to see. I love how he formed a friendship with Allyson and how once they got down to the CORE of their friendship, we get to see the real Dee.
  3. Why do you think it was easier for Allyson to make friends with Dee than it was for her to make friends with her roommates?
    Allyson wasn’t looking for a friend when she met Dee. She didn’t try to force herself into a situation. And Dee wasn’t invasive about her life. He didn’t ask questions and he never tried to pry anything out of her. I think her roommates would have been just as understanding, but there was that sense of forced friendship that Allyson wasn’t ready to let in yet. She felt obligated to be friends with them and even though they were different kinds of people, she wasn’t ready to try or be pushed into another obligation.
  4. What do you think it was about Allyson’s class performance of Rosalind from As You Like It that caused Dee to approach Allyson and forgive her?
    I think Dee could see how much of Allyson was really in that performance. He knows Shakespeare and he could see ALL of the emotion behind it. Dee knew something was up with her and through her performance, all of the pieces sort of fell into place.
  5. By beginning her search for Willem, in what ways did you see Allyson growing as an individual? What life-lessons was she acquiring?
    She was FINALLY starting to stand up for herself and stand up to her parents… To make her own decisions… To not feel pressure from others to sway her one way or the other. She also made the decision to finally find Willem and either be with him or move on — Whatever it ended up being. She faced the possibly frightening future and allowed herself to go all in, whether that meant it ended well or not. I think either way their story ended in Just One Day (even though I already know now) that Allyson would have been okay if she found him or if she didn’t. She had already grown a lot just to make that decision in the first place!

HOLY. COW. We are starting the read along for JUST ONE YEAR next week!!! I’ll be posting the questions for week one of the read along on Friday 10/18 and then we start reading! Let me know if you’ll be joining in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks!

JUST ONE YEAR:
October 18th: Questions week 1
October 23rd: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 30th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
November 6th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
November 13th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

Just One Day/Gayle Forman Read Along – Weeks 1 & 2

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Time to start the read along for JUST ONE DAY! Well, continue it for those of you who were actually on time! My biggest apologies for being late on this one. Life has just been SO incredibly busy that I had to finish a couple current reads before picking up JUST ONE DAY for the read along. All is well now though and I’m hopping in on week TWO of the JUST ONE DAY read along!

Jenna Does Books is our lovely host for this leg of the Gayle Forman Read Along! She’s been a fantastic host for us so far with some really great questions! Better late than never, here are my answers for weeks one and two!

September 18th (Chapters 1-9): Questions week 1
September 25th (Chapters 10-19): Answers week 1, questions week 2
October 2nd (Chapters 20-29): Answers week 2, questions week 3
October 9th (Chapters 30-39): Answers week 3, questions week 4
October 16th: Answers week 4, Recap, Winner Announcement

QUESTIONS: WEEK 1

  1. At the start of Just One Year, Allyson, a girl just out of high school, attempts to “reinvent” herself by cutting off her long, dark hair. Have you ever “reinvented” yourself, either physically or as a break in your usual routine? Why?
    I actually haven’t done much reinventing… Really for two totally opposing reasons (seriously. I’m nuts) — One is because I’m not gusty enough. I’ve felt a lot like Allyson many times where I want to do what’s right — or more so, I want to do what pleases other people. I haven’t “reinvented” myself or done much of anything due to the fact that I’m afraid how people might perceive me. The other reason — and totally opposite — is that I’m mostly happy with the way I am! Well, now, that is. I have gone through a lot of personal “transformations”, if you will, but most of them have been very gradual and very beneath the surface. I haven’t really had to reinvent much because it’s not until after I’ve already changed that I notice how different I used to be.
  2. When we first meet Allyson, she is an all-American “good girl” who has just undergone a European Tour. But other than her hair, she is no different than she was in high school. On the other hand, Melanie has managed to reinvent herself, turning from a “good girl” to a party-all-night flirt. What did you think of the ease with which Melanie reinvents herself?
    I actually got the impression that Melanie was always more outgoing than Allyson and maybe it’s because we as readers have already met her after her transformation, but even as a re-read, I still didn’t realize that she was a “good girl” before. I guess that makes sense, but since Allyson was so much more of a good girl, I just never even gave another thought to Melanie’s former persona! In my opinion, I think Melanie was probably already leaning towards letting her hair down. It probably wouldn’t have been such a quick transition otherwise!
  3. After watching Twelfth Night at the waterfront, Allyson finds herself at a morose standstill. The play is over, but Allyson continues to clap and clap, hoping to make the moment last, so lost was she in the play. She hesitates to return to her “normal” life, associating the play (and also movies) with a “greater” reality. Have you ever felt the same, that a movie, play or book seemed more “real” than your own life?
    Ummmm, all of the Gayle Forman books? Haha. WHERE SHE WENT and JUST ONE DAY were pretty emotional experiences for me as well as Sarah Ockler’s THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS. I had a SERIOUS book hangover with that one, so much so that I was reliving it for at least a good day or two. As far as movies go…. Okay, honestly — The Notebook haha. It’s such an obvious response and typical girl, but it’s so true. It was a movie I really connected with because until I met Shane, that’s how all of my relationships went — Something I thought was SO REAL and then it ended suddenly and then… I was left hanging in the open waiting for something to somehow pick up again. Of course, that’s not the EXACT same story as The Notebook, but it has the same general feeling of an abrupt ending to a relationship that may or may not ever pick up again. Much like the feelings of Adam in WHERE SHE WENT and Allyson in JUST ONE DAY! (Gayle just GETS ME.)
  4. When Allyson decides to go with Willem to Paris, Melanie is not happy. It seemed as though, even though Melanie was trying to encourage Allyson to change, when Allyson actually did something adventurous, Melanie still wasn’t happy. Do you think maybe Melanie liked having a friend who was more serious so she could be the exciting one?
    Hmmm, I actually think that could be for many reasons. I think Melanie liked being the spontaneous one and the one who had the big adventures, yes. But I also think it’s that it wasn’t Melanie dropping Allyson for better plans — it was Allyson dropping Melanie and their plans. I’m sure although Melanie is excited for Allyson to have a big adventure, that means that she is now inconvenienced and she has to alter HER plans for someone else for once instead of people hovering around her. I also think that she’s genuinely worried for Allyson. It’s one thing to go out to the bars with the Teen Tours! kids. It’s another to send your best friend off with a stranger to a foreign country with no way to communicate with her.
  5. At this point in the book, who do you find yourself more similar to? Allyson or Melanie? Why?
    I actually think I was more similar Melanie as a high schooler/college student and more like Allyson as an adult. Seems like it should be the opposite, right? But I feel like I was much more outgoing and social when I was younger. Even as an adult, I’m STILL worried about keeping the status quo with my parents and keeping my parents happy… I am a lot different than I was as a teenager and not in the sense that I’ve made backwards progress since we see Allyson’s change from worrier to making her own decisions). I think that as an adult, I’m more careful with how I interact with people. I try to think of people more often and that makes me more careful. I much more of a homebody than I used to be. I am now like Allyson was then — I would have been the person to stay in the hotel room while everyone else went out drinking. Back in college, of course, I was the Melanie, but I think I’m more of a pre-Paris Allyson now.
  6. Allyson seems to experience more with Willem over the span of just one day in Paris than she did during her entire European tour throughout the summer. What do you think it is about Willem (or this one day) that brings out the adventurous side of Allyson?
    Well, for one. It’s an unguided, unscheduled tour. Allyson gets to see the raw Paris, the real Paris and not just some canned tour that the program put together to cram education and information into teenagers’ heads. Secondly… HI. Willem is a cute boy. A FOREIGN cute boy. He’s a stranger. He’s exciting. He’s unpredictable and whether Allyson realizes it or not is purely changing her life just by talking to her and being around her. She’s never known someone like him before. Thirdly: Willem is adventurous and he doesn’t keep a schedule and he’s a free spirit. Just being around that kind of nature is bound to draw out the adventurous side in Allyson too.

 

QUESTIONS: WEEK 2

  1. Time seems to be a major topic in Just One Day, especially after we learn about the origin of Allyson’s watch, which was given to her by her parents. What do you think is the significance of Allyson’s watch? Does is represent who Allyson is as a person at this point in the story?
    The presence of Allyson’s watch seems to represent the “old Allyson” — the one that revolved around time and schedules and things that made other people happy, but not her. When Willem has her watch, she’s free of time, so to speak. She’s free of obligations. I also like that when she doesn’t have her watch, her birthmark is exposed. It’s almost like a subtle symbol of the Allyson that doesn’t feel judged and is free to be herself instead of covering it up!
  2. Do you think Allyson reacted too quickly when she woke up and Willem wasn’t there?
    Didn’t she try to wait a bit? Darn, I even re-read and I don’t remember haha. It’s so hard to say what I would do if I were in Allyson’s position. Would I have waited hours for him to come back? Would I have immediately panicked and went looking for him? It’s hard because Allyson always had that feeling that this whole trip was a joke, that he was using her or that he was just playing her, so I can see why she would leave quickly. She was quick to jump to conclusions the whole trip so it kind of makes sense!
  3. How would you have reacted if you woke up in a foreign country to find the person who brought you there suddenly gone?
    Oops, looks like I answered this one too soon! To be honest, I probably would have panicked. It probably would have been the kind of panic where I worry and cry all day until it’s hours later and I realize he’s not coming back. Then again… Stuck in a loft where you know you don’t belong and absolutely nothing to do all day, I might try to leave and wait on the street somewhere. It’s hard to say! I know I would be majorly panicking though!
  4. Everyone seems to know what they want for Allyson. Do you see any similarity in the way Allyson handles conflict with her parents and with Melanie?
    I think Allyson is just avoiding everything. It almost seems like she doesn’t know how to handle going back to her old life and she knows she’s unhappy but doesn’t know how to get back out of this slump without being in Europe or just AWAY. She probably needs more time to go discover herself than just one day (see what I did there?) and honestly… She probably COULD do that in college… But it’s not the same monumental change that she maybe needs to push herself that far.
  5. How do you feel about the direction Allyson’s life is going during her first few months in college? Do you find yourself sympathizing with her, or do you want to shake her in order to help her wake up?
    A little bit of both, actually. Sometimes I felt like she needs to snap out of it! But then again…. I can totally understand. She didn’t just lose Willem… She lost a sense of freedom, a sense of hope. And she was left totally in the dark as to why. It doesn’t seem traumatic, but it really was to Allyson.

Gayle Forman Read Along: If I Stay

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Howdy, read alongers! We’ve officially started the IF I STAY leg of the Gayle Forman Read Along!

Well, we finished SISTERS IN SANITY and I had a blast!! It was so interesting to read a new and yet old book of Gayle’s! Now the time has come to start the leg for IF I STAY! Candice at The Grown-Up YA is hosting the read along for IIS and you can check the page breakdown of this book on her post here.

You can start posting your answers to week one’s questions tomorrow or any time thereafter! I’ve already finished the first week’s pages and it’s been great to re-read. It’s just going to be hard to stop each week!

Hope to see you all continue on with the read along! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s answers and discussing IF I STAY with you tomorrow!

Here’s a refresher of the schedule for each of the books and each host will have the official breakdown of which pages/chapters correspond to each week.

SISTERS IN SANITY: June – July, hosted by Judith at Paper Riot
June 12th: Questions week 1
June 19th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
June 26th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
July 3rd: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
July 10th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

Wrapped up! Thanks again to Judith for doing an awesome job hosting and coming up with some great questions!

IF I STAY: July – August, hosted by Candice at The Grown Up YA
July 17th: Questions week one
July 24th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
July 31st: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
August 7th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
August 14th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

WHERE SHE WENT: August – Sept, hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
August 15th: Questions week 1
August 21st: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
August 28th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
September 4th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
September 11th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE DAY: September – October, hosted by Jenna at Jenna Does Books
September 18th: Questions week 1
September 25th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 2nd: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
October 9th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
October 16th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE YEAR: Oct – Nov, hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide
October 18th: Questions week 1
October 23rd: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 30th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
November 6th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
November 13th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

Once again, read along participants are not obligated to read ALL of the books — You can pick and choose if you don’t have time for all of them.

Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late to join! Check out the sign-up post here and spread the word to your friends!

Gayle Forman Read Along: Are You Ready??

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Hey, Read Along-ers! Get your copies of SISTERS IN SANITY ready: The Gayle Forman read along officially starts next week!

I just wanted to check in to make sure everyone’s ready and refresh everyone’s memory of the schedule. We’re kicking off the read along with the first book, SISTERS IN SANITY and all of the posts and official reading schedule for this book will be over at PAPER RIOT, hosted by Judith. You can start reading at any time, but the official start is on June 12th. Judith will have the questions posted then for the first week of the reading schedule. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Here’s a refresher of the schedule for each of the books and each host will have the official breakdown of which pages/chapters correspond to each week.

SISTERS IN SANITY: June – July, hosted by Judith at Paper Riot
June 12th: Questions week 1
June 19th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
June 26th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
July 3rd: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
July 10th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

IF I STAY: July – August, hosted by Candice at The Grown Up YA
July 17th: Questions week one
July 24th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
July 31st: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
August 7th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
August 14th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

WHERE SHE WENT: August – Sept, hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
August 15th: Questions week 1
August 21st: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
August 28th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
September 4th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
September 11th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE DAY: September – October, hosted by Jenna at Jenna Does Books
September 18th: Questions week 1
September 25th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 2nd: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
October 9th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
October 16th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE YEAR: Oct – Nov, hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide
October 18th: Questions week 1
October 23rd: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 30th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
November 6th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
November 13th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

Once again, read along participants are not obligated to read ALL of the books — You can pick and choose if you don’t have time for all of them.

Haven’t signed up yet? It’s not too late to join! Check out the sign-up post here and spread the word to your friends!

Gayle Forman Read Along: Sign-Ups!!

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If you read my blog, I’m sure you know that I may be borderline obsessed with Gayle Forman’s books. She’s easily one of my favorite authors and I’ve been meaning to re-read her books for a long time… The only problem was that I kept pushing off the re-reads for newer books but they’ve always sat there in the back of my mind. As I’m sure you know, JUST ONE YEAR is coming out in October (OMG) and I thought it would be a fun opportunity to do a read along for Gayle’s books leading up to the release of Just One Year in October!

I’ve also really been meaning to read Sisters in Sanity which is one of Gayle Forman’s lesser-known books and from the feedback I’ve received on Twitter, it seems like other people are interested as well! I wanted to include this one in the read along as well.

Read Along Guidelines:

  • Each book will be in traditional read along form and each week we’ll have a schedule of which chapters to read. We’ll have the typical questions and extra fun things for each week too!
  • Since this is quite a number of books to take on for a read along, if you sign up for the read along you are not obligated to read all of the books! While of course we would love for you to be there as we sob and swoon our way through all of Gayle’s books, if you want to skip the first or just come on for the last, that is totally okay!
  • Have FUN!

Since Just One Year doesn’t come out until the 15th of October, I’ll have each book span a month, but from mid-month to mid-month, if that makes sense. Here’s a tentative schedule of how I’d like to run it with the help of my wonderful co-hosts!

SISTERS IN SANITY: June – July, hosted by Judith at Paper Riot
June 12th: Questions week 1
June 19th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
June 26th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
July 3rd: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
July 10th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

IF I STAY: July – August, hosted by Candice at The Grown Up YA
July 17th: Questions week one
July 24th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
July 31st: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
August 7th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
August 14th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

WHERE SHE WENT: August – Sept, hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
August 15th: Questions week 1
August 21st: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
August 28th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
September 4th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
September 11th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE DAY: September – October, hosted by Jenna at Jenna Does Books
September 18th: Questions week 1
September 25th: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 2nd: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
October 9th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
October 16th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

JUST ONE YEAR: Oct – Nov, hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide
October 18th: Questions week 1
October 23rd: Answers week 1, week 2 questions
October 30th: Answers week 2, week 3 questions
November 6th: Answers week 3, week 4 questions
November 13th: Answers week 4, wrap-up

I hope you’ll sign up for this exciting read along and please remember that signing up for the read along does not automatically commit you to ALL THE BOOKS! (Although we’d like you to read all of them with us!!) You can pick one book, or three books or all of them — Just let me know in the comments which books you’re intending to read so we can kind of have an idea who’s going to be involved in which month.

I hope everyone has fun with this and I can’t wait to see who joins in!! I’m really looking forward to reading through these books again, and better yet, sharing them with all the read along participants as we go through them together!!

Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle FormanTitle: Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman
Publishing Info: January 8, 2013 by Penguin
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: December 9, 2012
Related Posts: If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Where She Went (If I Stay #2), Sisters in Sanity, If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Where She Went (If I Stay #2), Just One Day (Just One Day #1), Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5), I Was Here, Leave Me, I Have Lost My Way

Allyson Healey's life is exactly 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. A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know. The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

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Given it’s Gayle Forman, I don’t think it would have been possible for me to give it any less than five stars regardless, but JUST ONE DAY truly deserves it and earned a special place in my heart, as all Gayle’s books do. It was definitely an emotional roller coaster and even though nothing close to the events that play out in the book have happened to me, then sentiment is just the same: falling in love, doubting how fast those feelings come on, fear of rejection, being rejected, and the quest to find the answers WHY. I can honestly say I’ve been through those exact situations and felt those feelings far too many times in my own teen/college years and I was right there with Allyson as she fell in love and then felt her heart break over and over again. I don’t know what more to say about the book except that I hope whoever reads this feels the same way I did – Totally invested, totally connected with the characters. I think if you’ve ever felt that way in a relationship (or non-relationship in some cases) that I think you’ll easily fall right into step with the characters that Gayle Forman creates.

It’s also further proof that I can actually read books set in foreign countries. Clearly before the select contemporary romances that I had read this year, I was not reading the right books. I’ve never been to Europe, but through the beautiful writing of Gayle Forman and several other contemporary writers, I’ve never felt more at home in Paris, London, Amsterdam, and various other sections of Europe. To me, that really says a lot, and I think the reason why is that I wasn’t just getting descriptions of events that happened here and there – It was an emotional connection to that canal, that house, that park that made it feel like a place I could see myself. I have a tendency to tie places back to feelings and that was something that was expertly written in Just One Day.

Of course I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I’ll recommend Gayle’s books to people until the end of time and there’s something so timeless about not only her writing but the way she writes her characters. I feel like even in 10 years when new generations pick up her books, they won’t feel dated. I’m sure some minute details like the technology of whatever cell phones turn into in 10 years may be outdated, but only slightly so because the focus is almost entirely on the feelings that Allyson experiences and the universal message that she not only learns for herself, but that the readers can pick up about their own lives as well.

And the end – AH! I feel like I’ll definitely read this book a few times before I can get my hands on Willem’s side of the story. I know it may feel like a long way from now, but maybe like the characters, I can wait JUST ONE YEAR.

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Allyson/Lulu: What I loved so much about JUST ONE DAY is that we see Allyson go through this incredible personal transformation and realization that her life isn’t what she wants it to be, all stemming from the adventure and whirlwind romance she had with Willem in Paris. Going one step further, I absolutely, positively loved that she had a perfectly normal life — not affected by an accident, a disease, a death — and it’s like the whole Paris experience with Willem allowed her to see that her perfectly normal life really wasn’t hers at all. It was a ghost of her mother’s life, her friend’s life, all fitted together like perfect pieces of a puzzle so that until she stepped back and looked at the puzzle as a whole, she couldn’t tell how broken and fragmented it really was (wow, maybe I should be writing my own novel here haha). I just loved that we got this amazing story out of what seemed so ordinary and entirely relatable.
Allyson was also extremely relatable to me in the sense that she’s not sure how she really feels about Willem. Did she fall in love with him? Is it even possible to love someone, to miss someone, to care about them that much after one day? I’ve felt that way many times myself with unrequited crushes and after things turn south, I started to question all my feelings. How real could they have been if they didn’t seem to be reciprocated? Was I making a big deal out of nothing? Was I being over-dramatic and romanticizing everything that happened or were my feelings actually justified? These are all the questions that Allyson agonizes over and I was right there with her. Gayle Forman did a fantastic job of allowing the readers to experience all of these emotions with Allyson as she tries to figure out what’s real and what was just an act.
Willem: Willem is definitely an enigma throughout the book and as painful as it was to witness, I loved that I didn’t really get a clear picture of him, as seen through Allyson’s eyes. It’s true of any guy, really. You’d like to think you know what their best intentions are, how they feel about you, but there’s always that lingering doubt. The attraction between Willem and Allyson is obviously real and they had a very real series of moments in Paris, but when that’s gone, the doubt sets back in but the readers are still left with the pull back to Paris, left wanting to believe that it was all real. I wanted to believe that Willem really did have good intentions with Allyson, but situation after situation pops up and the readers are left with a tangled mess of head versus heart. When it comes down to it, his flaws are what make him a truly believable character and really drive the story. 

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Please note all quotes are from the ARC of Just One Day. Exact wording and page numbers subject to change. 

p85: “‘I think you’re the sort of person who finds money on the ground and waves it in the air and asks if anyone has lost it. I think you cry in movies that aren’t even sad because you have a soft heart, though you don’t let it show. I think you do things that scare you, and that makes you braver than those adrenaline junkies who bungee-jump off bridges.'”
(EEP!)

p89: “‘Did you just quote Shakespeare to a cop?’ I asked.”

p104-105: “There’s such a delicious surrender in the words, and I feel myself slipping away to him. Some small part of me warns against this. This is just one day. I am just one girl. But the part that can resists, that would resist, I woke up finally liberated of her.”

p125: “He said that earlier, about accidents, about never know which one is just a kink in the road and which one is a fork, about never knowing your life is changing until it’s already happened.”

p130: “Another day. That’s all I’m asking. Just one more day. I can’t think beyond that. Beyond that, things get complicated.”

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Buy it… ASAP!

Wow, I just LOVED this book and totally connected with it. Gayle Forman totally knocked this one out of the park (again)!

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Obviously, if you haven’t read Gayle Forman’s first duet of contemporary novels, IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT, PLEASE GO READ THOSE NOW (my SUPER old reviews are linked up to the covers above). They’re what first led me to fall in love with not only Gayle’s works, but contemporary romance in general.