I was excited to dive into Just One Day, but also a little hesitant. Some of my favourite, and trusted, bloggers (Jaime @ The Perpetual Page Turner and Magan @ Rather Be Reading) had RAVED about this book. Since their favourite reads are usually guaranteed wins for me, I checked the library to see if they had this book in the collection. No luck. So then I contemplated purchasing a copy, but I was hesitant to do so because I didn't LOVE Forman's other book, If I Stay (I know, I know -- SO many of my favourite bloggers have this book in their lists of all-time faves, but it was just okay in my opinion). So, for that reason, I opted not to purchase a copy and just wait and see if the library would acquire it at some point. And they did, finally!
From the first few pages, I was hooked. The story line almost reminded me a little of the adventure of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes, but with a Stephanie Perkins-esque love story. Pure magic. Allyson's character was memorable, and I loved how she grew throughout the book. The love story unfolded perfectly, and Allyson's heartbreak was so real and heartfelt. I felt each emotion with the characters, which is testament to Forman's writing skills.
And that ENDING -- yowza! I cannot WAIT for Just One Year to come out so that I can find out the rest of the story. I was so impressed with this story that I may just give If I Stay a second shot. Maybe I'll like it better the second time through?