Hi guys! So, I found myself at the airport last week in need of a book. I'd been reading Snow Crash on the flight down, and I'm sorry to report the middle went flat on me, page after page of philosophical pondering and history lesson that, while kind of cool, were not serving to keep me awake at 11 pm through the sleep-inducing thrum of flying (I do plan to continue, as there is much much MUCH brilliance in that book). So I went into the bookstore and browsed, accrued some contenders, and then ... WHAM.
The new Gayle Forman book is out.
Easy decision. YAY! Have you read the previous Gayle Forman books, If I Stay and Where She Went? If not, get them. But get them both, because you will want them both.
But on to Just One Day.
I'm not going to do a review, because I need to go write my book, but I will say two things:
1) As a teenager, I would have read this book over and over. It has everything that my teenage self would have swooned for: Europe, Shakespeare, adventure, sleuthery, growth, ROMANCE.
2) As an adult, it kept me wide awake on the airplane and long into the night once I was home. I love Gayle Forman's books, and I. Cannot wait. For the next one. Oh Willem, who are you? I sense that I will want to hug you when the truth comes out.
Okay, so here's what the publisher has to say about it:
Interested? As it happens, last fall I was in Paris and Amsterdam, two of the book's main locations, and I thought it would be fun to post some pics that remind me of the book:
Allyson's Paris, for the most part, is not "tourist Paris." But there is a moment when she climbs some stairs -- lots of stairs -- while wandering lost (good lost, not bad lost) and sees the above, and asks someone what it is. It's funny, that one could stumble upon Sacre Coeur! Imagine what a marvelous surprise it would, to be caught unawares by such a sight. Here are some likely Montmartre stairs:
Wonderfully, Allyson has made a promise to eat a macaron a day while in Paris. I think that's a promise I could keep ...
Later, in Amsterdam, Allyson rides a pink bike, and I happened to have this pic of a pink bike!
(And the store behind it is my new favorite store in the Universe: Exota, selling the King Louie brand.)
There was a mention of bike parking, which is just ... a sight to behold in Amsterdam. As here:
And finally, she bikes along behind a tram, so here's an Amsterdam street scene, tram included:
Read the book if you'd like to be transported to Europe. It's a treat :-)
Okay, now, to work!