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. - Blurb from Amazon.com for Just One Day.
I have always enjoyed Gayle Forman’s books. I was a big fan of the If I stay/Where She Went series and I am a fan of this series as well. I love the concept of fate and destiny. I am a firm believer that there are multiple destinies out there for you and the one you end up with will be based on the choices you make. It’s the aspect of this series I enjoyed the most. I enjoyed how Forman played around with the idea of destiny and expanded on it. There were moments where the characters just went with it and moments where they made choices to lead them down their paths.
What I have also liked about Forman’s series, is the duel point of views but in separate books. I find it hard sometimes when an author choices to jump POVs back and forth in the same book. I tend to get lost sometimes and can’t remember which POV I am following in that chapter. I get showing the two sides of one story and I do like that idea, but what makes it work for Forman is that she choices to tell the stories in their own book giving each POV the attention they deserve and need. I get the bigger picture that way.
As for the story itself, it’s pretty straight forward: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, they separate in some way and then they come back together again. It’s a formula that’s common. It’s up to the author to out a spin on it and Gayle Forman did just that.
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