Friday, June 17, 2016
REVIEW: JUST ONE DAY BY GAYLE FORMAN
Six Word Summary: Reckless teen searches for lost love.
Kinda-like: The travel and heartache from Eat, Pray, Love meets the stupid decisions and complaining nature of Cheryl Strayed in Wild.
Favorite Line: "Stains are even worse when you're the only one who can see them."
My Thoughts:I really liked the idea of this story in general with the romance and European travel, but I just couldn't get over her ridiculous attitude and poor decision making and it ended up ruining this book for me. I just keep thinking, "don't do this" and "please don't do that." Her reckless behavior could have, if Allyson were a real teenage girl, gotten her seriously hurt, kidnapped or worse. Her depression/obsession with this boy after returning from France seems to be a horrible representation for teenage girls. Much like in the second Twilight book, it's like these authors are saying, "It's ok to put your whole life on hold and have a mental breakdown with a boy breaks up with you." And while after a YEAR of her depression/obsession she makes more dangerous decisions whilst trekking around Europe alone and several times she can't even make up her mind to stick with her decisions. When we finally maneuver her reckless behavior and flip-flopped decisions, the ending of the book is such a let down.