Series: Just One Day #3 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction Publication.Date: May 29, 2014 Pages: 40 (Kindle) Published By: Viking Children's Website: Gayle Forman Just One Night on Goodreads My review copy: Bought
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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.
It isn't a first kiss. It isn't even their first kiss. But if feels like one. Not because it is fumbling or awkward. Not because she doesn't know where to put her hand, or he doesn't know where to put his nose. None of those. They slot together like puzzle pieces. As Allyson and Willem kiss for the first time in a year, both are thinking the same thing: This feels new.
But they both know they will see each other sooner than hat. That they will find each other during the play, once more, in the words of Shakespeare.
All. The. Feels.
While I admit that I was a little bummed Just One Year ended at the same place Just One Day ended, this novella is the perfect ending to Allyson and Willem's story. Watching these two characters spend time together after searching for each other was simply grin worthy.
I loved the first few pages where they just sat wrapped up in each other while catching the other up on the last year. It was simply adorable when Willem went into the kitchen to make tea and told Allyson to "stay here. Don't move" as if she would vanish all over again. Some of my favorite moments are when Willem's friends realize that Allyson is Lulu. Especially Broodje who immediately adopts Allyson as a friend and Dee who is beyond thrilled for his best friend.
Gayle knows how to end a series and this ending is not only perfect, but beautiful. If you haven't read Just One Day or Just One Year yet, I suggest you get on it. Not only because those stories on their own are wonderful, but you need to experience the magic of this ending to fully appreciate the wonder that is Gayle Forman.