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Just One Day (Just One Day #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  42,934 ratings  ·  5,385 reviews
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay.

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, unt
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Dutton Juvenile (first published January 1st 2013)
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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Nearly a decade ago, someone once told me that books are like memories; within their pages, they store your emotions and thoughts, a document of sorts of your experience. I still don’t know how true that statement is, but I dearly hope it is – at least when it comes to Just One Day. Nothing better than this book itself can summon up the whirlwind of emotion I felt when I read it. Although I cracked open its spine with trepidation – there are, after all, a plethora of mixed revie
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Just One Day is a story of self-discovery sandwiched between the romance-heavy beginning and end, two stories in one if you will. High school graduate Allyson meets an amateur Dutch actor Willem during her post-HS culture tour of Europe and with a spontaneity unnatural to her throws away all her caution and embarks on a day trip to Paris with him. They spend a day (and night) together, and then it's over, abruptly. Allyson goes back home then, starts college and succum
I want to make it clear, y’all, that when I read Just One Day originally, I really liked it.

But that was a month ago, and I’m waaaaay behind on reviews, and you know… the more I thought about it… the less impressed I became with the book.

Until it got to today, and honestly, I feel like I may sort of tear it apart here.


So. Just One Day was sort of divided
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars I don't know how this author consistently writes such beautifully crafted stories of personal growth, but the level of emotional maturity in this one just astounds me.

But sheesh, what a place to stop the story! Can't wait for the next book this fall.
Just One Day blew my mind. It took me all over the world and blew my mind.

I have recently been craving this book, CRAVING IT LIKE TURKEY DINNER TWO DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING, and I received it for my birthday! I dove right in.. and then kept swimming, and didn't stop for a breath until I finished this beautiful beautiful book.


Format: I loved the format of this book so very much. Almost the first half of his book takes place over just one day: the
Emily May
"Ain't such a line between faking and being."

My heart is saying yes but my head is saying absolutely not. So I guess it's only fair that I appease the two of them and rate exactly down the middle. To be honest, I have come to expect more from Ms Forman's characters. I found it extremely difficult to care about either Allyson or Willem, especially the latter. While I came to appreciate Allyson's story more in the second half and had my heart singing along to the sad tunes of heartbreak, I never
Are you looking for a whimsical romance filled with love songs and fiery kisses? Are you searching for a story with constant adventure, brimming with beauty and overflowing with passion?

If so, stop. Just One Day is not one of those books. It is not shallow. It is not like Anna and the French Kiss. It is beautiful, but in a bittersweet, lyrical, and oftentimes melancholy way. This is a book for people who have ever felt lost, for those who know what it feels like to be unsure of who they are, or
After reading and loving If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman, I was thrilled to hear Ms. Forman was working on a new novel, Just One Day. Just One Day was a bittersweet story that entranced me, took hold of my heart, and gave it a great big squeeze! My heart still aches.

Allyson is almost to the end of her graduation present, a three week trip touring Europe. She’s spent the time speed traveling through Europe, and is now in London on the last leg of the trip. On a whim and an accident,
Steph Sinclair
Jan 26, 2013 Steph Sinclair rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy books involving traveling
I'm really starting to think I need to spend more time in the Contemporary genre. While I'm there I might as well finally read If I Stay and Where She Went. Yes, I can't believe I haven't read them yet either. No, I'm not sure what my malfunction is. But what I am sure of is how happy I am to have finally read a Gayle Forman novel. Just One Day came complete with a charming cast of characters, Parisian backdrop and such a relatable coming of age story.

Right from the start I knew I would love thi
Jan 20, 2013 Hira is currently reading it

PS: If the book's coming out in 2013, then the world will obviously not end in 2012, pff.
Post reading thoughts: Oh gosh this book just took my heart and stomped all over it. I need Just One Year now! Full review to come once I've got all my feelings in check.

Please excuse my meagre attempt at gathering my chaotic thoughts and trying to write a coherent review, but Just One Day just evoked so many different emotions within me. So many books come around that leave just a deep lasting impression and without a doubt Just One Day is one of those books.

Allyson was meant to be on trip of h
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Quite a few months ago, in my early reviewing days, when I was just a new face in the world of reviewing and book blogging, I read a book called Die for Me. Although it had an interesting and original premise (which, ultimately, was revealed to be poorly executed), a pretty cover, and some mixed to positive reviews from friends of mine, the main reason I really wanted to read Die for Me was because it took place in Paris, and I'd hoped that the author would take advantage
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A copy of Just One Day was provided to me by Dutton/Penguin Group (USA) for review purposes.

'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.'

Admittedly, I do believe I started this when I was in the completely wrong sort of mood. I totally killed this story for myself in the beginning and could not get into it. I was mentally flashing to scenes from 'Taken' and kept waiting for he
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

“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.” This is a quote from an uncorrected proof.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman is what I would consider a worthy start to what I truly believe will have an epic continuation. This book delivered in all the ways Forman knows how, which is a great premise, a likable cast and a primer for a promising part two. I think the early reader
My reaction upon finishing this book: Son of a...

The book started off great at first, it was easy to get into. And then I got bored and wanted to "solve the mystery" of what went wrong, plus I was tired of the main character being so annoyingly mopey... so I started speed reading. And then skimming. And then finally I had jumped to the end... And it was over. No real answers to any of the questions. Just a blatant, "buy the sequel to have any sort of resolution to this book". Which I think is pr
Amy (Foxy)
***2.5 well written stars***

JUST ONE DAY is the first book for me by this author. I have a lot of friends who love If I Stay so I thought I would give her new series a try.

Reading this story I realized something about myself - I like my characters to be together. The characters were separated at 35% and didn't reunite until (view spoiler) For my taste that was too long and boring for it to be told in one POV and not know what
3.7/5 stars

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Being a huge fan of Forman's, I was absolutely ecstatic when I heard she'd be writing another 2-book story centered around a couple and told from both their POVs. I'm happy (and more than a little relieved, considering my track record so far this year) to report that Just One Day lives up to the hype, and while I had a few minor problems with the story, I still ended up immensely enjoying it.

I wasn't too impressed with Allyson at the beginning, and with "Lulu" even less.
This book is...theraputic. Its a journey. and you come out of it like a different person. Like Allyson. Gayle Forman writes differently in each of her books which is quite magnificent!!! Her characters are all unique but you can relate to them so easily!!

Just One Day is NOT about just one day. Its about what happens after that one day. I love love love it!!! The ending leaves you a bit in a 'what just happened?' but at the same time you don't really need to know. because everything will work ou
Christine Riccio
Really enjoyed this book!Read it in JUST ONE DAY, here's my full detailed review: =)

Five stars. Five glowing, splendid, glamorous stars.

Or actually, it might be closer to four-point-five stars, but the point is that this book is insane. In a good way.

My first Gayle Forman book was IF I STAY, which interestingly enough, was recommended to me by my sixth grade English teacher. I'm not going to lie: I was disappointed after reading it, but I still loved IF I STAY, and enjoyed the sequel, WHERE SHE WENT.

But JUST ONE DAY completely blew my mind.

That gif is disturbing, guys.

I wrote this review. And the page crashed.
I hate my life.
Soon to be reviewed, again.

I want the book so bad.
Dajana J.
Review can also be found here.

Update, June 01, 2013: I feel kind of bad that I didn't like this book but honestly, I really didn't, therefore that three star rating (meaning I liked it) is simply not true to what I feel about this book. So I will drop my rating to two stars. It was okay.

Warning: Don't read this review if you love Just One Day. I'm serious. Very serious. I know what it feels like when people dislike a book you loved so you better avoid this review because I didn't love it. Not at
This isn’t a ‘girl meets boy’ story. This is a ‘girl meets boy, decides to go to Paris with him on a whim, boy leaves.’ story. And that is where the beauty lies; in the details and in the little moments of perfect imperfection. Because you know before evening turning the first page that this book is going to be different and what you discover the simple beauty of knowing the difference between a trip and a journey.

Allyson is on her last day of her tour of Europe, a tour that has been carefully s
*Primera vez leído desde el 9 de Abr. hasta el 10 de Abr. del 2014*
*Segunda vez leído/Releído desde el 25 de Dic. hasta el 27 de Dic. del 2014*

Realmente no me pude aguantar a releerlo.

“—¿Entonces, Lulu? ¿Qué dices? ¿Quieres ir a París por un día? ¿Solo por un día?

Era totalmente una locura. Ni siquiera lo conozco. Y podría ser atrapada. ¿Y qué tanto de París podía conocer en un día? Y todo esto podría resultar desastrosamente mal en muchas maneras. Todo eso era cierto. Pero no cambia el hecho de
Cass -  Words on Paper
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS?!?! Wow, what a discovery. Well, thanks Gayle. Now we all have to wait a whole year (at the least) for your next book.

Sounds a lot more lighthearted than IF I STAY. I'm a bit apprehensive about the movie star bit, but I'm sure you'll pull it off and turn me into a believer. GRRR 2013. 2013...

Also, cover look alike?


Anyone else feel like the ending was way too quick? Despite that, I LOVED this book. I got more out of i
Αυτό το βιβλίο δεν ήταν αυτό που περίμενα,δηλαδή άλλο ένα απλοϊκά γραμμένο αφήγημα για τις ερωτικές σχέσεις.Αντιθέτως, χρησιμοποιεί σαν κεντρικό πυρήνα τον έρωτα για να μιλήσει για βαθύτερα νοήματα. Όπως την αναζήτηση του εαυτού μας όταν νιώσουμε χαμένοι από το βάρος των προσδοκιών των αγαπημένο μας ανθρώπων για εμάς και την αναζήτηση των βαθύτερων επιθυμιών μας. Χρησιμοποιεί την μέθοδο της μεταμφίεσης του Σαίξπηρ για να θέσει την ερώτηση, ποιοι είμαστε πραγματικά; Προσποιούμαστε; Ή μήπως αυτή η ...more
Jamie-leigh Haughn
This book wasn't at all what I was expecting, I would say my rating is closer to a 3.5 than a 4. Not that this wasn't a good book, it just wasn't what I was in the mood for. I expected an epic love story when it is really more about self discovery. I wasn't a big fan of either of the main characters, Allyson was kind of annoying and I felt no attraction for Willem, he just seemed like a player and a crumb bum! ha The love story that did exist in the story wasn't my favourite, I just felt like it ...more
I thought it was great. I must admit, I am smitten by Paris and love the French language. The Romance was more subtle than I would have liked. When two people 'fall in love' in a single day it should be epic. I was told it was epic by Lulu. However, I wasn't really shown it was epic. I got the impression Lulu was more intrigued by the mystery of it than Willem himself.
I love how she found herself and gained so much. I could relate to Lulu so much more than I thought I would. I've found myself dr
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
May 20, 2015 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all people of good taste
Words fail me on a fairly regular basis, refusing to come to the call of my immediate need or to properly describe the feelings I want to convey. Actually, this partially explains my lifelong search for other people's words with which to fill myself up, to borrow and learn from. My life consists of a perpetual search not just for knowledge and meaning, but of the best ways to put those things into the precise diction that will allow me to share these insights with other in powerful ways. My favo ...more
I fell in love with Forman's writing style after reading If I stay and Where She Went. So I was really excited for this book, but at the same time I was afraid to be disappointed. And I so wished I could say that isn't the case. But yeah, I'm afraid I am.

But let's start with the good parts...

The story is located in Europe, and Willem is Dutch. So maybe I'm a little bit biased since I'm Dutch myself. It was fun to read how Americans see us and vice versa.
"You actually don’t look so American.”
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