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Sólo un día January, 2016 My first read of the year is always a reread and this year I ve chosen to reread this book which I loved my first time round I want to go back into the love of travel and growth of the main character Hope I love it as much this time I tried to read this but had to stop I wasn t enjoying it and it was tearing up a loved memory for me Here s a video about the idea of reading books at the perfect time 2013 Just One Day blew my mind It took me January, 2016 My first read of the year is always a reread and this year I ve chosen to reread this book which I loved my first time round I want to go back into the love of travel and growth of the main character Hope I love it as much this time I tried to read this but had to stop I wasn t enjoying it and it was tearing up a loved memory for me Here s a video about the idea of reading books at the perfect time 2013 Just One Day blew my mind It took me all over the world and blew my mind.I have recently been craving this book, CRAVING IT LIKE TURKEY DINNER TWO DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING, and I received it for my birthday I dove right in and then kept swimming, and didn t stop for a breath until I finished this beautiful beautiful book.I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT, SO LET S GO Format I loved the format of this book so very much Almost the first half of his book takes place over just one day the whirlwind adventure and romance of Allyson and Willem The second part of the book then covered an entire year It was really impactful having such a huge part being such a short amount of time, because after Part One as a reader I felt what Allyson felt SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED AND IT S ONLY BEEN A DAY It felt like an entire novel all on its own Then we fly through an entire year it really illustrated how important a day can be.Characters There were actually a lot of characters in this book, and they all felt so genuine and critical I loved that we interacted with so many different people and that even if their impact on Allyson s life was small, it was felt I really liked Allyson as a main character if other authors had written her she might have actually gotten annoying, but Gayle Forman wrote her in a way that I always felt like Allyson was on the edge of understanding and that she really wanted to figure it out even if she didn t know how I felt hope for her And as for Willem, it s fascinating that we really don t know that much about him It reminds me of Looking for Alaska, where when Alaska disappears you long for her but you then realize that you really know nothing about her I felt the same here I wanted Allyson to find Willem, and I felt attached to him, but really I didn t know him at all Settings Like eating all of the desserts All of them I love reading about different cultures and different settings, and this book did NOT disappoint MOST of the book took place in Paris, which was gorgeous and lush and grimy and glorious, but we also visited London, Avon Upon Stratford, Amsterdam, and near Boston So many places where I actually felt like I was IN the places, not just looking at them I was so absorbed in the surroundings that I was constantly immersed in other countries.Writing It was nice To be truthful, I didn t notice it very much WHICH IS TOTALLY OKAY In my opinion there are basically three types of writing writing you notice because it s particularly beautiful, writing you notice because it s particularly terrible, and writing you don t really notice because it s simply delivering a story to you I felt the latter in this book I really enjoyed the story that Gayle Forman created, I loved the characters, the emotion, the drama, the settings, the messages and themes and morals, but I wasn t swooning over beautifully crafted sentences I just didn t notice them because I was so busy being alive in the story The message The messages in this book are brilliant brilliant brilliant So many things that I related to, that I felt I learned, that I agreed with That travel is important, that we can be different versions of ourselves, that life is just a chain of accidents, that we need to control where we go in life, that we should never give up, and so manythings Just BRILLIANT.I loved this book It is absolutely one of my favourite novels of all time I know that I will be constantly rereading this novel for the rest of my life My only complaint is that it made me realize that I need to visit Europe SOON I am so excited for the sequel that comes out in a matter of days thank goodness because I can t wait too much longer and I will definitely be doing an entire video about these two books cue anna and the french kiss flashbacks not that the two books are super similar, just that they invoked the same feeling which is that, by the end, i becameinterested invested in the setting of the story than the story itself gayle forman does a truly wonderful job at transporting the reader to NYC, paris, london, and amsterdam her writing is so full of life and culture, really doing the cities justice this is honestly the perfect book to read during the summer when you get that wacue anna and the french kiss flashbacks not that the two books are super similar, just that they invoked the same feeling which is that, by the end, i becameinterested invested in the setting of the story than the story itself gayle forman does a truly wonderful job at transporting the reader to NYC, paris, london, and amsterdam her writing is so full of life and culture, really doing the cities justice this is honestly the perfect book to read during the summer when you get that wanderlust feeling but everything else just fell a little flat for me which is a shame because i really wanted to love everything about this and its honestly just a lot of little things here and there which caused me to feel pretty meh about this i didnt quite feel a spark between allyson and willem, i was pretty indifferent about allysons first year at college, and im not really into the whole view spoiler cheater player hide spoiler vibe willem gained by the end of the book i mean, we only get allysons version of events with this book so i might read the sequel at some point, with the hope that it will help fill in the blanks and i can be able to appreciate this bookbut until i get both sides of the story, im left feeling a little underwhelmed with just allysons half 3 stars Rating 4.5 StarsNearly a decade ago, someone once told me that books are like memories within their pages, they store your emotions and thoughts, a document of sorts of your experience I still don t know how true that statement is, but I dearly hope it is at least when it comes to Just One Day Nothing better than this book itself can summon up the whirlwind of emotion I felt when I read it Although I cracked open its spine with trepidation there are, after all, a plethora of mixed revie Rating 4.5 StarsNearly a decade ago, someone once told me that books are like memories within their pages, they store your emotions and thoughts, a document of sorts of your experience I still don t know how true that statement is, but I dearly hope it is at least when it comes to Just One Day Nothing better than this book itself can summon up the whirlwind of emotion I felt when I read it Although I cracked open its spine with trepidation there are, after all, a plethora of mixed reviews out there my feelings quickly changed from that of anxiety to excitement as I was swept up alongside Allyson on her breathtaking journey At one point, I wasn t sure if I was laughing or crying for I was so full of giddy happiness and bittersweet longing those are the types of feelings a Gayle Forman novel inspires in you I finished Just One Day with a smile on my face, my heart swelling with pride for Allyson, who felt as close to me as my own best friend, and although the pang I feel when I think of this novel is only an echo of what I feel for Forman s If I Stay and Where She Went duo, I still love it, albeit in an entirely different way Just One Day is a novel that will very easily either captivate or disappoint readers It s a New Adult novel that almost demands that you be a teenager to truly understand it, for Allyson s journey is such a personal and nostalgic experience, one that everyone can definitely relate to One of the best ways I can find to summarize it is a realistic rendition of Kristen Hubbard s Wanderlove Although Wanderlove is one of my favorite books of all time, I can t deny that the chances of traveling to a new country and finding a hitchhiker to explore with are rather low Thus, Allyson s summer experience in Europe, a disappointing one full of touristy stops and not enough life is easier to relate to When Willem, an enigmatic Dutch actor who Allyson sees performing Shakespeare in London, offers to take her around Paris for just one day she agrees, despite her goody two shoes attitude What follows is a day of whirlwind journey it isn t perfect, but it s real and it s farrewarding than any other trip on Allyson s summer vacation Perhaps best of all, to Allyson at least, is that she is no longer Allyson, the girl who listens to her parents, studies hard, and never lives life the way so many other teens do now, she s Lulu , a nickname Willem gives her, and as Lulu, Allyson is finally free to let loose the person she truly is inside Nevertheless, her exhilarating journey is abruptly halted when, the next morning, Willem is gone Now, Allyson is distraught, both at thinking that Willem may have just used her and at contemplating her life in college as a pre med student a path that her mother, not her, wants to follow As Allyson will learn, however, her day in Paris wasn t about Willem at all it was about her and finding out that she wasthan she or anyone else ever quite imagined Just One Day, as I m sure countless reviews have stated, is a journey of self discovery Although I will admit that it isn t wholly original, it is certainly memorable Allyson has a certain vulnerability about her that makes her impossible not to love In Paris, she may have been pretending to be Lulu , but that was who she really was and she struggles to find a way to be that person again, all while continuing to please her parents and hold onto her childhood best friend, Melanie, who constantly reinvents herself One of my favorite aspects of this tale was the subtle heartbreak that came not only with seeing Allyson and Melanie grow apart, but also Allyson and her parents In their place, however, Allyson makes new friends, never replacing those from her past, but simply realizing that growing up also means leaving room for new people to join her life, such as Dee, the African American boy she meets in her Shakespeare Out Loud class the person who shows her that although she has many personas Lulu , pre med student Allyson, reliable Allyson who she really is is a mixture of all the roles she plays, and still so muchIn my eyes, what makes Just One Day such a hit or miss novel is the mere fact that Allyson is a character trying to find her place in the world After her trip to Paris, she comes to the stark realization that no one really sees her not her parents, not her best friends, no one except for Willem Willem, who took a bargain in spending a day with her, unknowingly changed her entire life, not just because of who he was, but in what he brought out inside her What I loved about this story was that Allyson found herself again finds herself again and this time, without Willem It is this journey, this third journey almost the first being her wake up call, the second being her slow emergence from the typical life she leads that isn t really hers, to this now final journey of finding who she is all through her own experience, her own friends, her own interests, and her own initiatives It s beautiful Nevertheless, I will admit that Just One Day is not a perfect story For one, some secondary characters, such as Allyson s father, are astonishingly underdeveloped, lacking personality when surrounded by such well fleshed out characters Further, this novel failed to impact me on an emotional level equal to that of If I Stay or Where She Went I can t really pinpoint what it is that made this novel fall for me, but a certain aura or fully nuanced aspect of Allyson, perhaps, was missing Unlike other readers, however, I was never bothered by the mysterious figure that Willem remained throughout the novel If anything, I loved the way he was portrayed in this book a traveler, a lonely young man, a player or someone who we ve all just judged too quickly, because, perhaps, there sto him and his story than what we see before our eyes Yet, what I liked best was that he didn t reappear in this story once he left, he was gone and then it was all Allyson and the manner in which she came to terms with who he was and what he did for her, changing her life, was remarkable Just One Day is a novel that just must be read It is beautifully written and to see Forman take on something different the idea of living truly and happily instead of the idea of choosing between life and death was refreshing Of course, there are many authors who have written self discovery novels in the past, and I have liked some of themthan this one, but Forman s tales just never leave my head I was thinking about this the whole day, ever since I finished it last night at 11 54, which means I actually read Just One Day in exactly a day , and I am still convinced that I have not extracted the full depth and meaning that this story has to offer It s a universal tale, one that will transport you to other countries, make you feel emotions you thought you could never feel, and ultimately, just as it changed Allyson, it will change a small particle of you too You can read this review andon my blog, Ivy Book Bindings Ain t such a line between faking and beingMy heart is saying yes but my head is saying absolutely not So I guess it s only fair that I appease the two of them and rate exactly down the middle To be honest, I have come to expectfrom Ms Forman s characters I found it extremely difficult to care about either Allyson or Willem, especially the latter While I came to appreciate Allyson s storyin the second half and had my heart singing along to the sad tunes of heartbreak, I nevAin t such a line between faking and beingMy heart is saying yes but my head is saying absolutely not So I guess it s only fair that I appease the two of them and rate exactly down the middle To be honest, I have come to expectfrom Ms Forman s characters I found it extremely difficult to care about either Allyson or Willem, especially the latter While I came to appreciate Allyson s storyin the second half and had my heart singing along to the sad tunes of heartbreak, I never came to care much about Willem Something which became evenobvious when I recently decided to try the sequel Just One Year.I ve been putting this book off because of the mixed reviews I ve seen online but I finally gave into my need to check out everything by my favourite authors This story is about an American girl called Allyson who goes on a tour around various European cities in the summer before she is due to start college Allyson has always been the straight laced, err on the side of caution kinda girl, but a meeting with a boy in London seems set to change all of that if only for just one day In a completely spur of the moment decision, Allyson decides to do something crazy for once and runs away to Paris with Willem where they spend one day and night together When she wakes in the morning, Allyson discovers that Willem has disappeared Disappointed, she returns to her life in the US and tries to carry on with College and forget about Willem But she sinks deeper and deeper into depression With the help of new friends, Allyson decides that all might not be lost after all, and that what she is really seeking might go deeper than a boy she only knew for one day.Surprisingly, the second half of this book worked for methan the first The first half or third is certainlyaction packed with spontaneous trips to Paris and a whirlwind romance But I was so irritated by Allyson and her upper middle class white girl problems she gets to travel around all these amazing cities in Europe and she feels sorry for herself because the cities weren t like the movies Boo freaking hoo Am I supposed to pity her because she got to go on a trip of a lifetime and just sulked at every stop Well, I didn t.She is also a complete Mary Sue Whine, whine, whine about all these other girls that arebeautiful than she is but everyone still seems to think she s hot anyway Is there any female character in this book that Allyson doesn t view with disdain She s jealous of the overtly sexual Celine, she constantly compares herself to her also overtly sexual friend Melanie, even her own mother is portrayed negatively I might expect this from some authors, but not Gayle Forman I also didn t expect Forman to be all tell and no show with Willem s characterization Apparently he s charming, but I never saw any evidence of it.The second half appealed to mebecause I could understand and appreciate a story about a young woman suffering from depressionthan I could understand and appreciate a story about a poor little rich girl who discovered the big wide world wasn t as sparkly as it looked from her mansion window I thought this second part of the book was realistic and sad really touching in parts I especially loved the Shakespeare parallels and the whole theme of pretending to be someone you re not and how maybe that pretense is as much a part of you as the person you are the rest of the time.By the time the ending rolled around, I was stood there right in the middle of the story with Allyson My heart was pounding with dread and anticipation at what she would find I finished it knowing that no matter how much Willem didn t float my boat, I would still have to read the sequel just to find out what happens Because I cared And I suppose that made the earlier disappointment worth it.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr But I m also starting to wonder something else If maybe the point of this crazy quest I m on wasn t to help me find Willem Maybe it was to help me find someone else entirelyBlurb When sheltered American good girl Allyson LuLu Healey first meets laid back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there s an undeniable spark After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morningBut I m also starting to wonder something else If maybe the point of this crazy quest I m on wasn t to help me find Willem Maybe it was to help me find someone else entirelyBlurb When sheltered American good girl Allyson LuLu Healey first meets laid back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there s an undeniable spark After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost true love, to break free of those confines.And I finally did it It took methan a year since I bought the book to actually read it I didn t want to So much has changed in my life since I got this book and I hadn t been able to read it Didn t feel like I could but part of moving on is facing small things, difficult things, that make every day a bit harder and that s what I m doing I m proud of me and that s a wonderful feeling.Now, boy, I did have such a hard time reading this book I mean, I really enjoyed Forman s storytelling, it s beautiful, straight to the point, clear and full of meaning But, there was this factor I couldn t like and it took me 75% of the book to sayyou know, you re not that bad after alland that was Allyson Not liking one of the MCs or the main MC and the one who s telling the story, well, that s a real deal breaker for me but I kept reading I wasn t going to give up and I m glad I didn t because, even though it took me a lot of time to like Allyson, I could relate to some things, feelings and situations and, in the end, I knew that reading this book was going to help me see things differently And just like it happened to Allyson, I realized a great deal about myself.Let s this party started First we have this girl named Allyson and her best friend Melanie and we re told all about their trip to Europe They re starting college and this trip was a gift from Allyson s parents A lifetime experience But, as the paragraphs go, we see how Allyson isn t one to take risks She lives her life as her parents dictate and she s pretty much a pushover Her friend Melanie is the wild one The one who is adventurous and always tries to make Allyson to try new things Their friendship was doomed from the beginning and it s not because they re different, no, it s because what really kept them united was all the years they spent together Sometimes, when you know someone from a very long time, you just end up not knowing them at all All these detail and precious information we gather when we re getting to know someone, are somehow lost under the years I think that s what happened between the two of them And going to different colleges just make that even clearer That doesn t mean I liked Melanie, because I didn t I can t like a person who s always trying to do what they think is best for you whether you re or not okay with it.Friends are supposed to help you get through the bridge, not push you to the end and then say you re welcomeWe re swimming separately now I get that Maybe it s just what you have to do to keep above water But who knows Maybe one day, we ll climb out, grab hands, and jump again So, when Allyson meets Willem and she s all enchanted and curious but cautious, yeah, I could see where that was coming from but I didn t like so much how she went and decided to go to Paris with the guy she just met.Sue me but I believe there are a lot of fucked up people in the world who can be whoever they want to be to get just what they want from people But, let s play along because I can somehow, maybe, yes forgive Allyson for that.The whole day she spent with Willem was a really great day They re both quite different but they met halfway and they made it all work She s easy to jump to conclusions and he s just so good at making people to stop and breathe I had trouble with Allyson being so childish but her parents were so damn strict with her and all that control, well, I knew why she was the way she was But as the day ends and shit happens, I didn t know what to think Why did Willem leaveEven if he didn t feel the same way as Allyson, we got to know him as much as to consider him kind enough to not leave the girl alone in a strange city after they slept together.So, who the fuck is Willem, then He s this Dutch actor who believes that falling in love is not the same as being in love and that accidents, big or smalls, are what drive us to wherever we need to be.He has a peculiar vision of the world and I can t say I disagree with him It all makes sense but still, he was, is, a great mystery Why was he the way he was Why was he so far from his home Why didn t he go back to Holland before Is he running away Those same questions andare the only thing Allyson can think Oh, and the pain and misery she feels The heartbreak The feeling that she washerself when she was with Willem for that one day than all these years.I got she was mourning, not only for the way she d been played but also for the Allyson she was when she was in Paris The Allyson who was happy, carefree and real But now she s in college, being Pre Med, no real friends and living a lieSometimes, you can only feel something by its absence By the empty space it leaves behind She s utterly unhappy and it s so painful to see I got annoyed rather quickly She was such a bitch Not to people but to herself She didn t know how to handle things with her parents and she didn t handle well what happened with Willem and now she s alone in Boston and getting bad grades.I know exactly how that feels like, so maybe that s why I couldn t stand the way she was coping with things and I had to remind myself that we all deal with our shit differently but she was just so stupid.Why wasn t she nicer to herself She was really smart, she knew things were going to end at some point or she was going to end up living the life her parents wanted her to live We know what we do, what we don t and what we deserve and what we don t so I think she just liked being like that so she didn t have to make any decision I can t be okay with that.So, after a few breakdowns and family fights and arguments with Melanie, she started to see the fucking light and started to do shit by herself Thank gods.You know why I kept reading even though I didn t like Allyson Because the book was really good The changes, the people around Allyson, the situations, the feeling All those things were exactly what she needed, what we needed to read because I think we can all relate to them It s a really general yet an important topic finding yourself and be okay with it He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.Maybe accident isn t the right word after all Maybe miracle is.Or maybe it s not a miracle Maybe this is just life When you open yourself up to it When you put yourself in the path of it When you say yes It s never late to start over and do things just for you It s never late to wake up and be different, if you want Or be a different version of yourself, a better version, a version that makes you happy And because the book delivered that it s why I liked it Allyson was getting better, making old new friends, facing their parents, learning what she likes, what she doesn t like and then, making decisions.Going back to Paris was a good call and I got happy what she worked her ass off and managed to do it I liked how she worked things with her mom without giving ground away and I loved when she went to places because she wanted to That s what I wanted for her since the very start Searching for Willem and for answers, took Allyson to meet new people, things and parts of her she didn t know and what a wonderful thing it was.The end of the book were both predictable and shocking Like, what happens before the end were unexpected but the main thing wasn t So I m both happy and mad for the way the book ends Thanks fuck I have the sequel.And there s this song I couldn t get out of my mind while reading this book I hope y all like it I love itMaybe I m broken, maybe I m wrongI could ve spoken sooner than I should veOnly the good die oldThat s what they told me, but I don t knowMaybe I m breaking up with myselfMaybe I m thinking I should just keep toThe things that I ve been toldWait for the colors to turn to goldDo you know Do you know You re not alone, you re not aloneThat everything is crashing downYou re not alone, you re not aloneI m ready for the fallI m ready for everythingThat I believed in to drift awayReady for the leavesReady for the colors to burn to gold and crumble awayMaybe I m dusting to be destroyedAlways a reason breaking meAfter my meets in the dead of nightI keep on praying to see the lightMaybe I m breaking up with myselfMaybe I m thinking I should just keep toThe things that I ve been toldWait for the colors to turn to goldDo you know Do you know You re not alone, you re not aloneThat everything is crashing downYou re not alone, you re not aloneI m ready for the fallI m ready for everythingThat I believed in to drift awayReady for the leavesReady for the colors to burn to gold and crumble awayI m ready for the fallReady for the leavesReady for the colors to burn to gold and crumble away The Fall Imagine Dragons As seen on The ReadventurerJust One Day is a story of self discovery sandwiched between the romance heavy beginning and end, two stories in one if you will High school graduate Allyson meets an amateur Dutch actor Willem during her post HS culture tour of Europe and with a spontaneity unnatural to her throws away all her caution and embarks on a day trip to Paris with him They spend a day and night together, and then it s over, abruptly Allyson goes back home then, starts college and succum As seen on The ReadventurerJust One Day is a story of self discovery sandwiched between the romance heavy beginning and end, two stories in one if you will High school graduate Allyson meets an amateur Dutch actor Willem during her post HS culture tour of Europe and with a spontaneity unnatural to her throws away all her caution and embarks on a day trip to Paris with him They spend a day and night together, and then it s over, abruptly Allyson goes back home then, starts college and succumbs to ennui Her already depressed state is made evensevere by hardships in college, intense helicopter parenting and lack of friends But her experiences during that one day in Paris eventually encourage her to change her life in a major way and go back to Paris Melancholy Sad Depressing These are the words that were constantly on my mind while reading Just One Day I am not sure a tone like this can work for me for an entire romance story I obviously like some drama, if I enjoyed Forman s very tragic previous novels If I Stay and Where She Went , but even those books were based on a love story that started out as charming, happy, romantic, swoony In Just One Day, on the other hand, it s all doom and gloom and sadness, from the beginning till the very end I am sure I would have liked Just One Dayif the romance wereuplifting, interesting I found it hard to care for Allyson and Willem Allyson is a dull, passive narrator Willem lacks charisma, charm, sexiness, humor even Their one day in Paris is not romantic or fun in any way I attribute my negative impression of this day trip to the flashbacks of Taken running through my mind and my concern for Allyson s safety, and to the general grimness of the whole European adventure While I do not doubt the accuracy of Forman s depiction of Europe, this depiction is just depressing, to exactly match the novel s overall dark mood How can one be so miserable in a midst of so much diversity, culture, excitement and freedom I don t get it If I had the experiences in Paris Allyson had in this novel, I would have considered such extended date a complete failure and a waste of time, and nobody would have gotten laid by the end of it But this one day has a great effect on Allyson, and this part of the novel I never quite accepted or understood.Because I mostly felt indifferent towards the romance frame of this self discovery story, the middle portion of the book feltcompelling to me It is especially compelling if you are looking for books with those notorious new adult experiences exploration of life after high school, learning how to be independent from your parents, choosing an educational path that suits you and not people around you, finding new friends, getting your first job I liked most of this middle, except maybe the part where Allyson handles her schooling I don t believe that taking pottery classes instead of pre med classes while your parents are paying 40K a year for your school is a responsible and mature thing to do, even if it makes you happy My philosophy is don t trifle with other people s money, you can get your pottery classes for 80 at your local community college But Allyson s struggles with her parents and her diving into new friendships were the highlights for me.It is hard to give this book a fair assessment, because so much of my dissatisfaction with this novel rests on my personal taste in YA romance, college experiences and overall attitude to life On a technical level, Just One Day is well written For me as an opinionated reader, however, this story felt lackluster, with its unjustified main character s ennui, realistic, but grim portrayal of various European countries and unconvincing romance I would pick Anna and the French Kiss over this novel any day It s just much, muchfun There HAS to be some fun in any romance, am I right I THINK THIS IS THE BEST CONTEMPORARY OF ALL TIME AND IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME EVEN SLIGHTLY I MIGHT CRY A LITTLE BIT AND IT WILL BE SO, SO UNCOMFORTABLE FOR US BOTH SO YOU SHOULD PROBABLY JUST AGREE.https emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.coI genuinely love this book I have for four years now, but like A lot has changed in that time Perhaps most significantly, I had braces four years ago That doesn t have anything to do with why my feelings on this book would have changed, but I believe it had I THINK THIS IS THE BEST CONTEMPORARY OF ALL TIME AND IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME EVEN SLIGHTLY I MIGHT CRY A LITTLE BIT AND IT WILL BE SO, SO UNCOMFORTABLE FOR US BOTH SO YOU SHOULD PROBABLY JUST AGREE.https emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.coI genuinely love this book I have for four years now, but like A lot has changed in that time Perhaps most significantly, I had braces four years ago That doesn t have anything to do with why my feelings on this book would have changed, but I believe it had the most significant impact on my evolving personality.But also four years ago, I was a lil thing I mean, I was still very tall then, but lil emotionally Much nicer I liked every book I read I know It s insane to imagine So the fact that I reread this 2 3 times during a period when I did not reread Any Books is not enough for me to be confident that I would still like this book Because I have very little in common with fifteen year old me I ve straight up one starred at least 3 books I gave 5 stars in 2015 THAT S TWO YEARS AGO.But four years passed, I full on changed as a person, but GUESS WHAT STAYED THE SAME.If you guessed my love for this book, YOU RE TODAY S WINNER.We follow Allyson, who at the beginning of this book is hashtag enveloped in an extremely overcontrolled tour of Europe called Teen Tours Totally rockin name She is with her friend Mel who is hotter than her, which is pretty classic But then a Very Attractive boy man, I guess comes up and isinto Allyson Also very classic.But what is unfortunately not very classic and what makes me love this book so freakin much is Allyson s character arc I can only describe it in one way, and that way is EXTRAORDINARILY LIT.Allyson is very play by the rules She does not like to take risks Her life is therefore very boring However, when Hottie McDottie Many Language Speaking Backpacking Boy Man Willem, somewhat of a babe invites them to a Shakespearean street show he s in, she s like, ya ok Even though that means lying and stuff Stuff she doesn t do Wild.So she goes and sees it, it s all dandy, he throws a coin at herromantic than it sounds, supposedly , and that s that.EXCEPT IT S NOT This full on worldly total babe is on her train to London And GUESS THE F CK WHAT They go to spend a day in Paris together.I m going to say that again.A dayin PARIStogether.Whaaaat That would already be a pretty good book I love me some v simplistic cheesy romances set in Paris See Anna and the French Kiss And this part of the book, where they re bein all romancey in Paris, is definitely fab But it makes up, like, a third of the whole thing.IT S THE REMAINING TWO THIRDS THAT MAKE THE BOOK FOR ME.When Allyson wakes up in Paris, Willem s gone Which sucks And then she spends the rest of the book wondering what happened to the Paris version of her, who s like, open to adventure and says yes and is up for anything And then she goes the f ck for it baby She tries to find herself IT S NOT JUST A PARIS ROMANCE IT S 33% PARIS ROMANCE, 67% AMAZING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT I.E., IDEAL.I m honestly sorry about all the caps lock I M VERY ENTHUSIASTIC.So Maybe this book isn t perfect but I m not open to the idea that it isn t Because this book is pretty goddamn inspiring to me I don t want to be cheesy or heartfelt or emotionally honest because that s profoundly off brand for me and also generally unpleasant, but I can be kiiiiind of non risk taking and rule following sometimesbut most of the best times of my life have been when I wasn t being that way i.e., have happened when I was drunk JUST KIDDING Kind of Anyway, I M JUST TRYING TO SAY THIS BOOK IS MOTIVATIONAL AND REAL.I m highkey cringing myself so it must be well past end this review o clock.I will finish by saying Willem is pretty hot in this book and all, and that s a nice bonus, but what is really cool about this book is Allyson Bottom line if you don t like this book you re wrong Allyson is my daughter let s all go get drunk in Paris and land some Willems AMAZING NEWS I loved this book just as much rereading it as I did in twenty goddamn thirteen.Like, 2017 me Bitter vessel of hatred one stars books she used to love in the midst of a Reread Extravaganza that is going, on average, quite badly.2013 me Fifteen, enjoys the simple things in life, still has braces I think, mentally rates every book highly doesn t have a Goodreads yet.But those two selves form a lopsided Venn diagram And in the needlepoint small cross section of that diagram a love for this book And also for sweets.I legitimately, earnestly, worry and sarcasm free can t wait to read the sequel.Review to come ORIGINAL REVIEWthis is the series that really got me into contemporaries i remember waiting for the second one for like, a year i read this three times in that time i still adore the characters Leaving everything behind to follow a complete, but oh so handsome and charming, stranger As Claire Dunphy, from Modern Family, would say, That s how girls end up dead.No, no, no, no, no This is not okay.The possible truth is that I should not have given this book a chance, but how was I supposed to know that Willem would not stir my heart I m against anything resembling what Allyson is doing, because I don t believe it s alright for someone to trust a complete stranger so completely At th Leaving everything behind to follow a complete, but oh so handsome and charming, stranger As Claire Dunphy, from Modern Family, would say, That s how girls end up dead.No, no, no, no, no This is not okay.The possible truth is that I should not have given this book a chance, but how was I supposed to know that Willem would not stir my heart I m against anything resembling what Allyson is doing, because I don t believe it s alright for someone to trust a complete stranger so completely At the same time, I agree that novels are fantasies on paper, so I wasn t going to pass on this book, which was written by an author I am familiar with, only because of one detail, however important it may be.I think I would have enjoyed this bookif I had felt something otherworldly beautiful between Allyson and Willem Willem is indeed charming and interesting, but so are a million other guys Anyone can become interesting to you if you give them a chance to open up about themselves, find common interests with them or are in admiration with them Because the writing was good, I could have finished this story if I had wanted to, but you know one of my resolutions this year is not to bother with books I know I won t enjoy in any way Sure, I believe in finishing what you start, but not when there are so many other books out there that deserve a chance DNF Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin Cuando la seria y superresponsable Allyson encuentra por primera vez a Willem, un actor holand s de lo m s informal, en el montaje de Noche de epifan a, entre los dos surge una chispa De modo que, cuando el destino los re ne de nuevo, Allyson toma una decisi n impulsiva y se arriesga a seguir a Willem a Par s Tras solo un d a juntos, la chispa se ha convertido en llama hasta que Allyson despierta para descubrir que el hombre a quien tanto ama se ha marchado sin dejar rastro El cambio radical que sufre su vida en un solo d a se convierte en un a o de autodescubrimiento Allyson se embarca en un viaje para liberarse de una existencia llena de l mites y descubrir sus verdaderas pasiones, e incluso el verdadero amor 4.5 stars I don t know how this author consistently writes such beautifully crafted stories of personal growth, but the level of emotional maturity in this one just astounds me But sheesh, what a place to stop the story Can t wait for the next book this fall.

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