Just One Night by Gayle Forman | Novella Review

Just One Night by Gayle Forman | Novella ReviewJust One Night by Gayle Forman
Also by this author: If I Stay, If I Stay, I Was Here, I Was Here
Published by Penguin on 2014-05-29
Genres: Europe, Love & Romance, People & Places, Performing Arts, Theater, Young Adult
Pages: 40
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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 Allysons quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pairs year apart from Willems perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couples final chapter.

Why Did I Read This?

When you hear the announcement that Gayle Forman is writing something, you immediately put the preorder in because GAYLE FORMAN IS EVERYTHING. But seriously, I found myself head over heels forJust One Day andJust One Yearand I will admit that I was happy with how the duology ended. I was actually totally okay with the ending and in my head, I figured yeah, this is totally a happily ever after. However, I think we need to take a minute to be real and to note that even though I like the ending ofJust One Year, there’s not a chance in the world that I wasn’t pumped up forJust One Night. So in sum, I readJust One Night for just more Willem and Allyson.

What’s The Story Here?

Really,Just One Night picks up exactly the moment whereJust One Year ends. Okay, so basically we get to see what happens to Allyson after she reunites with Willem. We get to see what happens to Willem. We get to see more of Dee and pretty much the entire cast of characters. There’s lots of kissing. If you’re someone who is into swooning and happy endings without a ton of drama, you’ll love this. ALSO ADULT MOMENTS HOLLAAAAAAA. Pretty much that’s the story and it’s totally okay with me.

Is This Novella Worth Reading?

Yes, yes it is if you are of the legion of Gayle Forman fans, if not please go home now. Seriously. Also? The novella is 40 pages and currently $1. Like, there’s zero reason not to read it. PLUS KISSING AND SEXYTIMES AND EUROPE AND CHARACTERS WE KNOW AND LOVE and all the caps in the world on my end, ALL OF THE CAPS.

Sum It Up With A GIF:

Swoons all the way through, yo.

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  1. I read If I Stay (just saw the movie trailer last night at The Fault in Our Stars, yeah!) and Where She Went (which I loved even more) but haven’t read this series. Great review!
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  2. I was happy with the ending of Just One Day and Just One Year like you were, but who is going to say no to more Willem and Allyson? Not me!! I loved how she gave us the follow-up that we all could have imagined and kept it to one night. LOVED IT! And your recap/review!
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  3. Like you, I was completely satisfied with this duology as Forman intended it, but I love her writing and the style in which she wrote this with the alternating perspectives really worked out so well. Lovely review, April, and I can’t wait to see what Forman decides to tackle next! 🙂

  4. I reallllly want to read this series. I saw Gayle at the Teen Author Carnival, but she doesn’t know me at all, so I was afraid to approach her. And that GIF. I need to experience those feels. Great review, April!
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  5. Just read it. I loved it. Appropriate gif for sure.

  6. Awesome gift usage!!
    And it does sound like a sweet story, it’s just that I’ve been putting off the Just One Year/Just One Day story for awhile now 🙁 I need to catch up
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  7. I honestly just need to get my butt in gear to reread Just One Day, and then read Just One Year and Just One Night! I fell promptly in love with JOD last year, seriously head over heels. But haven’t quite gotten around to continuing on with the series, since I’m determined to do a reread before starting JOY! Your novella review has seriously encouraged me to make it happen sooner rather than later 🙂
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