4/16/13

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

I was excited to dive into Just One Day, but also a little hesitant.  Some of my favourite, and trusted, bloggers (Jaime @ The Perpetual Page Turner and Magan @ Rather Be Reading) had RAVED about this book.  Since their favourite reads are usually guaranteed wins for me, I checked the library to see if they had this book in the collection.  No luck.  So then I contemplated purchasing a copy, but I was hesitant to do so because I didn't LOVE Forman's other book, If I Stay (I know, I know -- SO many of my favourite bloggers have this book in their lists of all-time faves, but it was just okay in my opinion).  So, for that reason, I opted not to purchase a copy and just wait and see if the library would acquire it at some point. And they did, finally!

From the first few pages, I was hooked.  The story line almost reminded me a little of the adventure of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes, but with a Stephanie Perkins-esque love story.  Pure magic.  Allyson's character was memorable, and I loved how she grew throughout the book.  The love story unfolded perfectly, and Allyson's heartbreak was so real and heartfelt.  I felt each emotion with the characters, which is testament to Forman's writing skills.

And that ENDING -- yowza!  I cannot WAIT for Just One Year to come out so that I can find out the rest of the story.  I was so impressed with this story that I may just give If I Stay a second shot.  Maybe I'll like it better the second time through?

2 comments:

  1. I enjoyed If I Stay and Where She Went, so I imagine I will enjoy this too - although I know a lot of people have mentioned that it makes you want to read the follow-up straightaway! Great review, I'll have to see if my library buys this in at any point too. :)

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    1. I am definitely excited for Just One Year, and it would be fun to read them back-to-back, just to have the full story all revealed at once =)

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