Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5)
By Gayle Forman
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Source: Barnes and Noble 
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.

I have no idea why it took me so long to read this darn novella. I finished Just One Day and could not believe the cliffhanger. I thought I'd get more information and closure from Just One Year, only to have it end on THE SAME DANG CLIFFHANGER. Seriously?? Where was our ending?? Oh, it was in a novella that was only available in an ebook online…

After spending an unforgettable day in Paris together, Willem and Allyson haven't been able to let go of that intense feeling they had while they were together. After spending the past year searching the world for each other, they are finally reunited. 

I have been DYING for some closure on Willem and Allyson's story. I spent TWO ENTIRE BOOKS waiting for them to be together only to be left with two of the same exact cliffhangers. I finally realized that this novella existed and decided to read it. I loved it and thought it was unnecessary all at the same time. First off, it's only 33 pages. Why couldn't you just have added that on to the end of Just One Year?!? Also, I felt like, at times, it was all too sunshine and rainbows. I don't want to ruin the whole thing, but it was just a bunch of yay they found each other. I don't know, I was just expecting a bit more. 

This novella was told in 3rd person, so it had a sort of whimsical feel and made me just smile as I read it. It seemed almost like a fairytale as Willem and Allyson were FINALLY reunited and had to learn everything they could about each other and meet everyone who had helped make that possible. I liked how many characters came together in this story and how nice it ended up being. 

Overall, I enjoyed this closing story from a phenomenal pair of books, but I felt like it could have been added on to the last book and not left as an additional e-novella. Either that, or I wish it would have been longer than a measly 33 pages. Give me more to make it worth the extra time and dollar spent on this story. In the end, Just One Night was still a cute way to give readers closure.

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