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Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Blurb from 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.

I was hesitant to read this book since I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman and I didn’t enjoy that one at all. Therefore I got this book from the library thinking that if it was just as bad I wouldn’t have wasted my money. Although my book-intuition was telling me that I was going to love this book and regret not buying it, I still got it from the library. And boy was my book-intuition was right. I loved this book!

The characters in this book were real and I could relate to Allyson. She has a kind heart and always follows the rules except when she runs off to Paris with a boy she just met for just one day and further along in the story she starts to rebel even more. Her rebellion doesn’t seem like a rebellion, it’s more like she is sticking up for herself. When it comes to Willem I find that he is a big mystery which keeps you wondering what is going to happen. When she wakes up and he’s gone it raises all kinds of questions throughout the book.

When Allyson wakes up and Willem is gone she goes through a period of heartbreak which is normal but it seems a little daunting when you’re reading it. Until she finally decides to do something about it. I loved reading about her travels in the book and I loved reading about how with each step she found another piece of herself.

This book is beautifully written and has a beautiful story. This book will keep you hanging on until the very last sentence of the book and even then you’ll be left with wanting more. I cannot wait for the next book (which is from Willem’s point of view) to come out later this year. I can say that I will be buying that one and I will end up buying this one eventually as well since I can see myself re-reading this book.

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Book blurb: 

I have a curse.
I have a gift.

I’m a monster.
I’m more than human.

My touch is lethal.
My touch is power.

I am their weapon.
I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Short review: I loved this book! I felt it was completely unique to anything that I have read and would highly recommend this book. It had a significant amount of suspense, action and romance that kept my nose in the book for the better part of two days. Tahereh Mafi did a beautiful job and her writing left me wanting more.

A more detailed review: Let me start by saying how beautiful Tahereh Mafi writes. I haven’t been touched by such wonderful writing in a while and I found myself wanting to keep devouring page after page of this book. I haven’t read anything like this book in awhile, the premise was completely unique to me. When I first opened up the book I noticed that there were words crossed out and I was instantly mad that I thought someone had ruined the book! As I looked through to see how bad the damage was I realized that it is part of the book. It’s a unique feature that represents Juliette’s conflicting thoughts. I loved this feature; it added intrigue and provided more of an insight to Juliette’s character.

I love that there are some dynamic characters in this book. Every character in this book is so full of life that they came alive out of the pages to me. I have heard critiques that Juliette is a weak person; that doesn’t ring true to me. Juliette is shattered in the beginning of the book because of her past and how she has been treated. Adam is a strong, determined man that you can’t help but root for. Warner is such a villain and I haven’t read of such a strong villain in a long time; I couldn’t help but want to punch this guy in the face through the pages. Devour Me, book 1.5, is from Warner’s point of view and from what I’ve read it has made some people actually start to root for him which intrigues me to read this book asap.

I loved that there were some big events in the book that I didn’t see coming. This book successfully delivered suspense, action and romance. I cannot wait to read Devour Me (#1.5) and Unravel Me (#2).

Some favorite quotes from the book:

Raindrops are my only reminder that clouds have a heartbeat. That I have one, too.

I’m an encyclopedia with too many blank pages.

He offers me a smile that manages to kiss my heart.

I got this book from the library and I think that I may have to buy it. This is a book that I fell in love with and want to have in my collection. Highly recommend this read!


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