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Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Cover via Goodreads.

Cover via Goodreads.

Rating: 5/5 stars.

Are you looking for a whimsical romance filled with love songs and fiery kisses? Are you searching for a story with constant adventure, brimming with beauty and overflowing with passion?

If so, stop. Just One Day is not one of those books. It is not shallow. It is not like Anna and the French Kiss. It is beautiful, but in a bittersweet, lyrical, and oftentimes melancholy way. This is a book for people who have ever felt lost, for those who know what it feels like to be unsure of who they are, or of who they want to be.

After her senior year of high school, good girl Allyson Healey embarks on a journey to Europe. Except it’s not really a journey at all, or even a trip – just a boring tour with her blond best friend Melanie. That is until she sees a magical performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and one of the actors flips her coin. By chance she encounters this actor – Willem – again on a train, but their relationship turns an entirely different direction when she decides to spend a day with him in Paris. There she becomes Lulu, an adventurous soul with no reservations, and she discovers a side of herself with Willem she comes to love in less than 24 hours. But the next day she wakes up and Willem is gone. Allyson spends the next year struggling to find herself, who she thought she was, and who she’s turning out to be. Continue reading

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Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

To be fair, I had high expectations before beginning this book. Its predecessor, If I Stay, portrayed Mia’s impossible decision between letting go and staying alive. With Where She Went, readers finally get the chance to see Adam’s perspective of the events that perforated his and Mia’s lives forever.

Gayle Forman writes beautifully – her prose is simple and direct but conveys meaning through her word choice and diction. There were a few of brilliant moments that enraptured me and had me holding my breath in suspense.

Still, this book lacked that extra something to earn it five stars. I couldn’t connect entirely with the story, despite how I loved the characters and their personalities. It felt a bit contained – the tension thickened as the novel progressed, but by the end I was left a little disappointed that it didn’t have an absolute breakout moment.

Where She Went is a satisfying sequel to If I Stay. It is a poignant story of grief, acceptance, and rekindled romance.

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