Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review Discussion: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Book: Just One Night by Gayle Forman
Genre: YA Romance
Rating:★★★☆ ☆
For: Fun
From: Amazon ebook purchase

Short Synopsis (SPOILERS for Just One Day and Just One Year!): So... in Just One Day we meet this couple, and they fall in love in just one day in Paris. But then something happens and the guy (Willem) disappears. Then we get Allyson's story in how she tries to find him... and we get his story in Just One Year on how he tries to find her. And both books end (here's the spoiler... sort of) when they open the door... having finally found each other.

AND IT JUST ENDS THERE!!!! They open the door... that's it.

So, this little novella is what happens after that! Can you guess what happens that night? As my grandma says, you have three guesses and the first two don't count!

Whew... it's quite steamy. But...

My Response: .... at least we now have closure! I enjoyed the above mentioned two books but it bugged me that they just ended and we didn't get that feeling of ..... sigh... yes... they are together again. This book fixes that quite well and makes you all happy with the world.

Bottom line: Good. Very good.

Let's Talk About: INSTALOVE! Okay, everyone seems to hate this in books, but why are these books so popular then? It all happened in JUST ONE DAY, yes? And then they didn't' see each other for a year and then this night happens? I mean, they barely know each other, right? But everyone loves it. Why aren't we all screaming.. "instalove!" with this book? Uh?  Tell me! (And while we're at it, what do you think about the marketing behind this... selling what is basically the final chapter of a book as a 99 cent novella? Hmmm?)

Other Reviews:

I had lots of FEELINGS (happy ones) and I don’t want to give too much away but it was a really nice peek into what happened after the door opened ... From Perpetual Page-Turner

I’m SO GLAD it exists. I’m not going to say much, but let me tell you there are tender moments and steamy moments and answers and everything you could ever hope for. From That Artsy Reader Girl

It's a short work and a pleasure to read, but where the previous two books in this series gave me more than a love story--they gave me a remarkable journey of self-discovery to examine and admire--this novella remains a romantic tale, tying up the potential loose ends Forman may not have spelled out in Just One Year and pleasing fans around the globe. From Ivy Book Bindings

Just One Night was beautiful! Just the ending I needed forJust One Year! From The Romance Bookie


  1. I've known people who experienced the insta love thing. Or close to it. My dad did it twice (my mom died when I was 14). He was married almost 20 years the first time and 30 years the second time (he died).

  2. I wanted the closure , but at the expense of paying for it. I would have been happy to have at the end of Willem's book. I was someone who didn't like ending.

    I also figure that Gayle realized that the fans were upset , so this was a way to placate the fans, and get some money out of it. I don't that it insta love per say but it took a long time for them to hook up again lol

  3. I was a little disappointed with the second book in the series and didn't get around to the third, but I'm glad there's the option of closure out there if I want to read it!



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