If you’re in the mood to travel in Paris to sip on good coffee and to eat warm croissants, while staring at the love of your life…
if you’re totally broke, and don’t have ‘the love of your life’ at your beck and call,
the Just One Day series is a must-read!
Just kidding. The Just One Day series by Gayle Forman, comprising of Just One Day, Just One Year and Just One Night, is a love story beyond any YA Fiction love story you’ve read till date. With a theme of a whirlwind romance, ghosting, the loss of a romantic opportunity, set in the backdrop of the most romantic place in the world, this book will certainly make your heart swoon.
The plot of Just One Day, as seen on Goodreads:
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 limits itself to Allyson’s perspective of Willem, in the year after Willem disappears from her life. Allyson searches for Willem and tries to be reunited with him.
Just One Year takes the story forward to Willem’s perspective of Allyson, from the day he left her to… (Should I gave a spoiler? No? Okay, I won’t) the end of the story.
Just One Night is a short read which wraps up the series completely. Like, it’s the final showdown, the book that will rest your heart into the fantasies of a one true love.
The review will be broken into three parts.
- Just One Day
- Just One Year
- Just One Night
1. Just One Day
This book introduces the reader to the character of Allyson and Willem. Allyson is on the last day of her three-week postgraduation European Tour, when she meets Willem. Willem is a member of a group named “Guerilla Will”, an initiative to make Shakespeare a free-for-all to appreciate and love. On the day Allyson meets Willem, the group is performing “Twelfth Night”, and Willem is casted as Sebastian.
The next day, they meet again, and Willem convinces the play-by-the-rules Allyson to extend her European sojourn and spend a day in Paris with him. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and despite the warning bells ringing in her head, 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.
Alas, all good things come to an end. When Willem disappears the morning after the splendid day they spent together, Allyson is confused. Has he proved to be the cheat everyone warned her about? Or was he going to come back, with a bagful of croissants and two cups of steaming hot coffee?
She leaves Paris, and resumes her life as a normal American student. She makes new friends, ditches her Pre-med compulsory subject to join a class titled “Shakespeare Out Loud”. And then, after almost a year, she sets out to search for her true love, Willem. She goes back to Paris.
2. Just One Year
As I pointed out earlier, Just One Year covers the same one year that Allyson spent in college, but from Willem’s perspective. fans of Gayle Forman would notice that this is somewhat similar to the writing style of the If I Stay and Where She Went duology. (If you haven’t read any book by Gayle Forman yet, promise me you’ll read all her books till date by the end of this month)
(Spoiler Alert) Please do not read this part of the review, unless you’ve already read the Just One Day book. Willem wakes up in a hospital, his hed hurting like hell. How and why did he reach there? And where was Lulu? Was she safe? Did she think he ditched her? (Spoiler Alert End)
3. Just One Night
While the story actually ends in Just One Year itself, Just One Night is the final artful touch to the entire series. I would recommend that you read it, as it is akin to the dessert we eat after meals. Not necessary, but completes the meal and puts a smile on our faces too.
I give this entire series a 5/5 star rating, and recommend it to every YA Fiction Romance lover.
Hola FabFollowers! This book review + discussion post of The Just One Day Series by Gayle Forman is the fifth post in my Valentine’s Day Book Review series. I aim to publish a review of a romance book that I’ve read and loved every day, till 14th of February. If you like today’s book review, do share it on your social media.