Author: Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
Publication date: May 29th 2014
Pages: 40 (ebook)
After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson "Lulu" Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson's quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair's year apart from Willem's perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple's final chapter.
First of all let me say that I love Gayle Forman, she’s an amazing author. And I loved the previous two books in this series but this novella wasn’t what I was hoping for.
The ending of Just One Year was fine for me but I understand why a lot of people wanted more. So I appreciate it that Forman wrote a novella for these fans. But to me it felt like Forman wrote it very hastily, her writing style in her other books is so much better. And the story didn’t tell that much more about what happened to Willem and Alyson after they met after a year. I felt that the pace was too quick. I wanted to revel in their reunion but the novel was just too short for that.
Also this novella is told in third person narrative and it just didn’t feel right. Just One Day was written in Allyson’s voice and Just One Year in Willem’s. So I would have preferred it if their voices had alternated in this novella instead of this third person narrative. It took away some of the connection I had with the characters.
Of course there were also things that I enjoyed about this book. I loved seeing them again together. It’s clear that they were meant for one another and that they came back together at the right time in their lives. I also loved that Forman included Allyson’s and Willem’s friends in this novel. It was great to see the whole group happy together.
Just One Night is a novella that might answer the question one might have after finishing Just One Year. While it wasn’t my favorite book by her I still enjoyed it well enough.