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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just One Night by Gayle Forman, Book Review

Series: Just One Day 2.5
Publisher: Viking Childrens
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 out of 5 starry stars -- I loved it!

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Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5)

Synopsis:  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.

(SPOILER WARINING: This is the 2.5-ish installment of the series, my assumption is that you've read the first two books. If you haven't, proceed with caution because there are massive spoilers ahead)

My kindle informs me that this e-novella was only 43 pages. Well, it was 43 pages of pure, unfiltered fangirlish delight.. Let me back up a sec, you see I was maybe one of the few who actually liked the ending of Just One Year. I completely got the cinematic feeling of the abrupt moment as the curtain was drawn and we all thought, "NOOOOOOO! Don't stop there, Gayle!!!!".  I got it. I did. It was fitting to the story of Allyson and Willem. They were these two strangers that were never really supposed to hit it off. Never really supposed to fall in love. And certainly, all those missed opportunities were never, ever supposed to lead to crossed paths once again. But (SPOILER), they did. And then what happened?

Gayle gives us the "what happened" bits, and she paces it along quite nicely so you're left with that feeling of okay, I get it. What happened was…what was supposed to happen. Sometimes, I think we readers are a little too curious with our What Ifs, but in this case, I am so glad that Gayle listened and gave us her What If.

If you haven't bought it, yes, it's well worth the price (currently $0.99 in most formats).  Gayle also taped 5 episodes of her reading Just One Night on Penguin Teen's You Tube channel. Here's the first part (phew, what a "goodnight story"):


  1. This series is on my radar as my next read. I loved her If I Stay series so much. It was gripping and wrenching. I can't imagine this one isn't good! Glad you liked it!