Saturday, March 9, 2013
Just One Day
First disclaimer: I've read Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Where She Went which are both very beautiful books. It was in the time before I began this blog *wiggly fingers* so I have not blogged about them. However, come a rainy day and I pick them up again, I'll be sure to blog about them.
Second disclaimer: This is an older, young adult story. It begins with the ending of senior year of high school and the beginnings of college. With that in mind, sex does come up. It's not porn, it's never like, "THEY DID THIS, AND THAT AND OOOO LA LAAAA". No, it just kind of happens in the 'you don't get to see anything but you know it happens' sense. So really, it wasn't that big of a deal. Sex happens. Sex happens with people who are a lot younger than 18. That is all.
So an amazon summary to get over disclaimers, "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!" AMAZON SUMMARY THAT TEASES ABOUT SEQUEL
On a super side note, and I'm sure this is just because I get a little obnoxious sometimes, and sleep deprived and whatever else that concocts madness, there were several typos in this book. There were a few instances of missing words, and some blatant spelling errors. But again, they were few and far between. HOWEVER, editor/publisher/author/whoever can help the book before the world gets it; be a little more careful? Eh? Than I can be a little less obnoxious. Maybe.
DAMN IT BATMAN, I WANT THE SEQUEL RIGHT NOW. *Aggravated noises.*
(I've started to replace Batman with anything that could be a religious reference in my speech. Life improvement +1,000.)
My brain is so distracted.
Let's try this again.
So Just One Day is about Allyson or 'Lulu'. Allyson's life has been dictated by her parents, or more specifically her mother since day 1 it seems. Every moment has been mapped out and planned out so she can become a successful doctor. As a graduation present, Allyson's folks sent her on a European tour which her best friend Melanie also goes on. Allyson always goes with the flow except for this one time; she and Melanie sneak away from the tour to see a mysterious boy perform the Twelfth Night in a park. She meets the mysterious boy 'Willem' at breakfast and immediate sparks happen between them. Willem dubs her Lulu and Allyson goes to London with him on a whim; on the eager chance of adventure.
They spend a marvelous day in London doing things that take Lulu's breath away and for once it seems that she's actually lived. They trundle through the city in weird ways with no plans and seem to fly by the seat of their pants. That is until the next morning she wakes up alone without him.
Thus begins her year after him where she fumbles through college and meets a collection of interesting people along the way and truly begins to discover herself outside of the guidelines of her mother.
I really fell in love with this book and I cannot WAIT for the sequel.
I think this is a better book of tackling the awkward transition from high school to college, discovering what friendships really mean, and discovering your own sense of self.
Really awesome read.