Sometimes it takes me forever to read a book. It will just lie on my desk and mock me. By this, I can often tell that I’m not really into it-whether it’s the story itself or the lack of time I just can’t make my way through it.
However, this was not the case with Just One Day which that hands down is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. It might sound like just another teenage love story: Boy and girl meet, live an unforgettable adventure, part ways but somehow end up together. Yeah, you could say that about this book too. Except, no, not really. This book is about so much more.
Besides finding love, this is also a book about finding yourself. It’s about weird friendships that you develop with people who are total strangers to you at first.
This book is about taking chances and that you need to be brave to get what you want.
The main character Allyson slowly will become aware of this fact.
When we first meet her, she is still insecure and comes to realize that she has not enjoyed her trip around Europe. While the others of her group are out partying all night,she mostly stays at the hotel and wants the trip to end as soon as possible.
On one of her last days, she meets Willem, a street actor from the Netherlands. He invites her to come to Paris with him for just one day. Allyson agrees to exit her comfort zone and to leave her best friend and London to travel to Paris. In Paris, they experience an unforgettable day and spent the night together.
But then something happens and Allyson is left alone the next morning, Willem is gone.
The next part is set at the beginning of her first year in college.
She still is not over Willem and the day they spent together. Allyson has a hard time the first few months in college because she is trying to forget everything that happened in Paris but she can’t and adjusting to her new life on campus is more difficult than she thought it would be.
The story follows Allyson and her new life. The reader quickly learns that even though she struggled at the beginning she gets to know herself better. She changes her direction and begins to get more comfortable.
The last part of the book really got me. It showed an incredible development from the main character into a self-confident young woman. It was also about an interesting journey and a(to me at least) new way of traveling.
The ending made it impossible to wait another minute to buy the sequel that is named Just One Year.
All in all I would recommend this novel to people who are interested in stories about traveling and about love. Not only loving your significant other but also yourself.
Reading this book on my travels was a really interesting experience and I would read it again in a heartbeat.
Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Travelling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like breathing. You can’t work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.”
“He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.”
“What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?”