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Just One Day (Just One Day #1)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

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.
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Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Speak (first published January 8th 2013)
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Zoë
Jul 31, 2015 Zoë rated it it was amazing
THIS WAS SO GOOD! I read this while traveling which was the BEST idea. I love how we got to experience so many different countries and meet so many different people without the story getting confusing. Allyson grew so much as a character and ahhhh I just loved it! Now I definitely have to go out and get Just One Year and read it ASAP.
Ariel
Jan 27, 2016 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
January, 2016: "My first read of the year is always a reread and this year I've chosen to reread this book which I loved my first time round! I want to go back into the love of travel and growth of the main character! Hope I love it as much this time!" I tried to read this but had to stop. I wasn't enjoying it and it was tearing up a loved memory for me. Here's a video about the idea of reading books at the perfect time: https://t.co/1k7Ox6fSRF


October, 2013:
Just One Day blew my mind. It took me
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Keertana
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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Jubilation Lee
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.

I AM SORRY JUST ONE DAY! IT IS MY FAULT FOR NOT REVIEWING YOU SOONER, BEFORE I HAD TIME TO REFLECT SO THOROUGHLY ON YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS!!

So. Just One Day was sort of divided
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Tatiana
Dec 12, 2012 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romancelandia, 2012
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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
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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.
Emily May
May 07, 2014 Emily May rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, new-adult, 2014
"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
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April
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2015
I HAVE NO WORDS
Thomas
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
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Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・ |spoilers af|
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“But I’m also starting to wonder something else. If maybe the point of this crazy quest I’m on wasn’t to help me find Willem. Maybe it was to help me find someone else entirely.”


Blurb: 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, until the following morning,
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Sarah

"Why are you making a bucket list then?"
"Because if you wait until you're really dying, it's too late."




I really liked this book! Which is quite shocking considering that I really didn’t like ‘If I Stay’/’Where She Went’.

Allyson made some bad decisions in this book, and as a parent you would want to ground her for life. Jumping on a train to Paris with a man she’d only just met? Leaving her suitcase with someone she doesn’t know (who could plant a bomb in it)? Not telling anyone where she was o
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Steph Sinclair
Jan 26, 2013 Steph Sinclair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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♥Rachel♥
Dec 08, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
4.5*
I really, really loved this, much more than I had anticipated. I didn't enjoy If I Stay as much as everyone else seems to and I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and didn't really enjoy it and this book is pretty similar, but it wasn't just a love story, it had so much more depth to it.
I loved the pivotal role Shakespeare played in the story and how his plays all tied into the identity struggle Allyson was having. The love story was also insta love but not annoyingly s
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Hira
Jan 20, 2013 Hira is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
MY DAY WAS JUST MADE.

PS: If the book's coming out in 2013, then the world will obviously not end in 2012, pff.
Jasprit
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
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Ari
Jan 29, 2013 Ari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2013
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
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Bonnie
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
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Christine Riccio
Jan 05, 2014 Christine Riccio rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book!Read it in JUST ONE DAY, here's my full detailed review: http://youtu.be/mbnVejUX0Bc =)
Arlene
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
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Blythe
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
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Amy (Foxy)
Mar 02, 2014 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was ok
***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
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Fenia
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
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Dija
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.
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Nikoleta
Dec 12, 2015 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
May
Dec 01, 2015 May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
Sólo un día es la primera parte de la bilogía que lleva el mismo nombre de Gayle Forman. Forman es una de mis autoras favoritas y lo cierto es que empecé esta novela con altas expectativas y esperando que no me decepcionara. Pero admito que no ha cumplido mis expectativas. Aún así me ha gustado bastante y la he disfrutado.
Es cierto que Sólo un día no ha cumplido mis expectativas. Sobre todo porque la novela vende algo diferente a lo que contiene y esperaba otro tipo de historia. Además esperaba
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Ava Oceana
4.5

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.

JUST
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_theravenqueen
Mar 28, 2016 _theravenqueen rated it liked it
The first part of the book was super cheesy and unrealistic, though i really liked the second half of the book and i think that it was very inspiring.it was kind of a coming of age story and a story of discovering yourself.i can't believe i liked this book because i hardly read contemporaries especially romance books but i'm glad i read this one and I can't wait to read the next book,though i hate the cover of it
Circe
May 14, 2015 Circe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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
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Carla
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
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“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.” 903 likes
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