Five Star Review & Giveaway of JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman – 12 Reasons Why I Loved It!
February 3rd, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Five Star Review and Giveaway of JUST ONE DAY

by Gayle Forman


gayle-bioWhen I read a book that I know may have a profound impact on a YA’s life, I have to share it with my readers. JUST ONE DAY by12842115 Gayle Forman is one of those novels. (I felt the same way about Gayle’s other books, IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT. If you haven’t read them, they’re a must-read too!)

So, that is why I am doing a giveaway for JOD. It’s open internationally if your country allows for free shipping through The Book Depository, so make sure you check that. Ends Sunday, February 14, 4:00 PM CST.

From Goodreads:

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, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!


What I loved about JUST ONE DAY:

1. Including Shakespeare’s plays in the novel: Gayle does an amazing job of breaking down the plays that, even if you’ve never read them or seen them, you’ll be able to understand what she’s referring to. And it just might inspire you to go and see one in person or rent one on DVD.

2. The settings: London, Paris, Amsterdam, NYC, and Boston – Gayle captures these cities so magnificently that even if you haven’t been to these cities, you’ll be able to visualize the sights and sounds and tastes and smells. I’ve been to London, Paris, Boston, and NYC and her descriptions brought me right back.

3. There are other books out on the market about how one day can change a person’s life. But what I love about JOD is that the one day Allyson and Willem share in Paris has its highs and its lows. It’s not perfect, which, in my opinion, is a reflection on real life.

4. This is a novel about stepping out of your comfort zone, self-discovery, personal growth. There’s plenty of pain and joy that goes along with these actions, but if there wasn’t, then they wouldn’t be significant. This novel encourages calculated risk-taking, which I am all in favor of at any time in one’s life.

5. Imperfect characters/no cliched characters: There isn’t one character who is perfect i.e. too handsome or gorgeous, too smart, or fits into a cliche. These are “real-life” characters and maybe you won’t identify will everyone (the family seder and how people interact was very different than my own experiences as an adult with my children – ours our fun. We laugh and people ask to get invited each year – they love my cooking, the telling of the Passover story etc. :D), but you will certainly find someone to connect with on a personal level.

6. Gives the reader a different perspective on what constitutes love. Most of the time, love is not about being swept off your feet and carried up the staircase. Love can be messy and strange and confusing and painful and amazing and inspiring and definitely life-changing. I deeply appreciate how it’s portrayed in JOD.

7. Friendship: Gayle shows the ups and downs between friends, an authentic portrayal of how one can grow close or be distant depending on the stage of your life. Instead of worrying about it, Gayle’s portrayal takes a healthy perspective.

8. Decision making/choices: I love how Allyson learns and chooses to do what’s best for her and not what’s best for her parents. It takes tremendous fortitude to buck the system and decide what is best for you rather than giving into someone else’s dream for you. DREAM big and TAKE ACTION! Love this.

9. Conquering fear: Who isn’t afraid? But if you’re not bold, if you don’t “Dare Greatly” (the title of a book I love by Brene Brown) then it’s very difficult to move forward. JOD epitomizes “Daring Greatly.”

10. The writing/storytelling: Absolutely captivating and brilliant. I love the minute details such as the watch that Allyson wears, the coins that Willem flips over between his fingers. These and many more add richness to the story.

11. The portrayal of adults/parents: Flawed, annoying, kind, welcoming, nurturing, selfish. That only captures some of their characteristics of the adults in this novel. Absolutely authentic to real life.

12. Use of foreign languages: French, Dutch, Chinese – you don’t have to know them to appreciate the language or get the nuance of what’s going on. Gayle clues in the reader beautifully when need be. There will be times when you learn along the way or feel clueless like Allyson does. It’s exactly how it should be.

For more information about Gayle Forman and her books visit her website: http://www.gayleforman.com

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10 Responses  
Monica writes:
February 3rd, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Gayle Forman is a force! I loved If I Stay, but I think Where She Went packed an even more powerful punch (if that’s even possible). I can’t wait to read this book for myself because there are so many elements that are so ME – Shakespeare, travel, Europe, so many things! Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity, Liza!

Betsy Kaplan writes:
February 3rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm

What an incredible review. I love this concept of meeting someone and spending a day like this. It definitely would fit into my definition of “stepping out of my comfort zone.” There isn’t anything about what you wrote that doesn’t intrigue me. Thanks for sharing.

Natasha writes:
February 4th, 2013 at 11:59 am

Can’t wait to read this book. I’ve heard so many good things about, and this list makes me more excited!

Jho writes:
February 4th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I can’t wait to read this! As someone who loves to travel & a good romance, this book is perfect for me!

Aline Tobing writes:
February 5th, 2013 at 1:53 am

Oh, I love books which describe the settings vividly. I’m really glad JUST ONE DAY is one of them :))

Kassi writes:
February 5th, 2013 at 10:11 am

OHMYGOSH, I want to read that book sooooo much!!! I love Gayle Forman, she is one of my favorites authors <3

Sarah writes:
February 5th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I loved this book! I just checked it out from the library. One of my favorites!

Zemira writes:
February 6th, 2013 at 3:30 am

I’ve read all Gayle Forman books. I adore Where She Went and Just One Day is very emotional.

Thanks for the giveaway. I’m entering for my friend.

Lynn K. writes:
February 6th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I’ve enjoyed If I Stay & Where She Went so that was reason enough to want to read this one.
But the setting and realistic parents are definitely draws too!

Maryam writes:
February 14th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I’ve read other books by Forman and absolutely loved them so I can’t wait to read this one

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