Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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Just One Day by Gayle Forman

My Thoughts: 3/5 Stars

Allyson Healey is finishing an unsatisfying European tour gifted to her for graduating high school when she meets an irresistible actor, Willem De Ruiter. Willem convinces her to salvage her trip by going to Paris for one spontaneous day. Typically, Allyson is a strict rule-follower, planner, and a touch bland. Willem’s impulsive personality brings out a new side of Allyson, and they spend 24 hours in Paris together, ultimately transforming Allyson’s life.

Forman’s writing is predictably well-done, and beautiful in moments. The story is paced well, and will hook readers to the end. Realistic situations are not the book’s strong point, however, and readers will have problems relating to Allyson. Many of her problems are only for the rich and privileged (she hated a three week European tour), and her decision-making and thoughts are confusing and downright frustrating at times. Willem’s character is also not fully explored, though the sequel (Just One Year) will likely fill the gap.

A predictable, easy story that will capture fans of page-turning love stories.

Note: This review is part of my participation in Yalsa’s 2017 Hub reading challenge. It is my second of 25 reviews.


  • Coming of age
  • Teenage romance
  • European travel

Recommend To:

  • Readers who enjoy fast-paced love stories
  • Fans of Sarah Dessen

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