Just One Day Book Review

12842115Just One Day by Gayle Foreman

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: January 8th, 2013

Pages: 320

Synopsis:

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.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

My Thoughts:

Gayle Foreman’s writing and story telling is absolutely beautiful. I found the characters, settings, and plot to be very real, amazing, and I couldn’t get enough of them.

Thinking this book was going to be a fun and light romance in Europe, I was surprised at the deeper journey of self discovery that takes place. I loved the whirlwind romance that takes place in Paris. The descriptions of Paris made me longing to buy and ticket and run there, and romance was breathtaking. I kept hoping they would find a way to continue their relationship.

The self discovery portion of the book was just as amazing in a more real and darker way. The author explores the themes of finding yourself, being who you want to be, exploring options, and breaking free of expectations. Discovering who you are is something that everyone goes through, and I loved how the author showed the main character do that.

Overall I loved the book and laughed and cried the whole time. The story is so real and holds many great personal discoveries and lessons.

Rating: 4 Stars / 5 Stars

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The Different Girl Book Review

the-different-girl1The Different Girl by Gordon Dahliquist

Pages: 240

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: February 21, 2013

Synopsis:

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.

My Thoughts:

The Different Girl was a very interesting read, but ultimately left me wanting more.

I thought the world building in the book was unique and I really enjoyed reading through the point of view of a robot. Having never read anything about robots, I though the author did a good job of making them interesting and worthwhile to read by making them surprisingly human. Even though that aspect of the story was interesting, I felt that it was the only part of the story that held any interest.

There was not much of a plot and very little events took place. I felt the pacing to be slow and the story to be repetitive. I kept wanting something to happen, but when a big twist did happen, it was still uneventful. The ending of the book as well was a disappointment. Nothing was really explained, and I still had the same questions I had at the beginning of the book.

Ultimately, it was a nice quick read that I did enjoy, but was left feeling that the author could have done so much more with the story.

Rating: 3 / 5 Stars