Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Publisher:   Viking Children’s Books (May 29th 2014)
Series: Just One Day #2.5
Ebook: 40 pages
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Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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.


Gayle Forman has been an automatic to read list since I read If I Stay and Where She Went. So, when the announcement about Just One Night would be up I was excited to see more of Allyson and Williem because you know that DARN CLIFFHANGER at the end of Just One Year didn’t sit with me well. Just One Night is a novella and if you remember my Musing About Things post on novellas way back when you’d know that novellas aren’t really my thing. So why did I read it? I was curious and disliked that cliffhanger in Just One Year. I get that Just One Year was meant to be a companion novel to Just One Day, but there are times where you just want more. Unlike other novellas this one takes place right at the end of Just One Year.

CHARACTERS: I loved Allyson and Willem’s story a lot. They met only one day and yet they made a lasting impression on each other. They made each other see things (the world) differently and I loved the fact that it wasn’t an instant-love story, even though it felt like one sometimes. However, I didn’t enjoy Just One Night a lot like I thought I would. We get both of Allyson’s and Willem’s thoughts, which is a plus, but it wasn’t in first person like Just One Day or Just One Year. They’re meshed together and the whole novella felt rushed. They literally have one night to learn about each other and make up for lost time for the year they’ve been trying to find each other. I did like seeing some old faces again and loved seeing how Allyson interacted with Willem’s friends.

ROMANCE: YESSS! More Allyson and Williem’s romance now that they found each other. There are feet fetishes and stain fetishes. There are lots of fetishes in this novella and the built up of the romance was just as intense as it was in Where She Went. It was like come on can we skip the the errands and get to the romance.

WRITING: The writing reminded me of something like a Jennifer E. Smith novel. It was somewhat choppy at first, but then by mid-novella it flowed. I would’ve been happier if it was first person alternative, but third person ended up being okay for me. I was sad we were left with another “cliffhanger” but happy that we have closure for Allyson’s and Willem’s story.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman”

  1. I’m glad it wasn’t an instant love story even though it was a short novella, but it sounds like there were a few issues that prevented you from enjoying it fully. Lovely review!

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