Title: Just One Day
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Random House UK
The blurb (from Amazon): Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase - packed, planned and ordered. Then on the last day of her three - week - post - graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free - spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she's not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. The uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson's life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the "accidents" of faith, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost... and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. I flew through it in a few hours, which is always a good sign. I really identified with the main character, Allyson. I found that I had a lot in common with her, and her character development in this book is excellent. I loved watching her grow. Willem, the alluring boy she meets while visiting England captivated me with his personality and his sweet disposition, and also his love for chocolate and bread.
The writing in this book is beautiful. I love reading about foreign cities, and I now find myself wanting to go to Paris as I was so enchanted by Gayle Forman's writing about it.
You never expect much of a plotline in contemporary novels as they're mostly about the characters, but I loved the plotline of this book. The idea of fearlessly going to Paris for a day with someone you just met seems fun and exhillerating.
This book really is truly brilliant. I love it.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Author: Robin Wasserman
Publisher: Random House UK
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Fiction
The blurb: It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and a boyfriend she adored. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands. Chris was dead. Adriane couldn't speak. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also - according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone - a murderer. Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora's determined to follow the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. But Chris's murder is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.
What I thought: I went into this book with high expectations because of all the hype that surrounded it when it came out. It had been on my to - be - read list for quite some time. I really liked the premise of the book as it wasn't something I'd ever read about before. I enjoyed the writing style and I think that it made the protagonist, Nora, seem real. I like how Robin Wasserman described Prague, as I'd read about it in other books like Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.
However, I felt that the book was quite slow paced and that it took a very long time for any important events to happen. I feel that the translations dragged the book down, and I found it annoying to have to read line after line of Ancient Greek, as I don't like reading in languages that I don't understand.
Overall, this book is okay. I think it's a good read if you like reading about history and foreign cities.