{Novella} Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

September 19, 2014 Book 10 ★★★★

{Novella} Review: Just One Night by Gayle FormanJust One Night by Gayle Forman
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Penguin on 2014-05-29
Source: Own, 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 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 didn’t give us the book we wanted, she gave us the book we needed. (If you understand this reference we shall be friends forever).

This book is the story about what actually happened after Willem & Allyson finally meet again. We get to see them again and we get to get a glimpse into their lives again. They’re definitely very memorable characters and this book just basically made me love them even more.

It was so incredibly cute! I was smiling and fangirling throughout the whole novella. I think everyone who had read this series was always left wondering what actually happened, so to finally see it play out was a dream come true.

This was written in 3rd person, and even if I don’t agree much with that writing style, Gayle Forman hits the hammer in the head. She always has her trademark lyricism with her writing and it is definitely not lost here.

When Allyson smiles, Willem is reminded of a sunrise. A bit of light, then more of it, then a burst of brightness. A sunrise is something you can see all the time and still marvel at.

Love love love. A must read in the series.

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  • Lily

    I actually DNF’ed JOY because I was so angry that the ending of that book was literally Allison at his doorstep. I was BEYOND annoyed and felt pretty cheated by it. That being said, you have such good things to say about this novella that part of me wants to read it and hear what happens next! Great review 🙂

    • Hey, now that you know there’s a continuation, you don’t have to feel so angry 😉 You SHOULD read it. It’s really cute and sweet and to the point!

  • I love it when a novella actually adds something to the overall series, and from your review it sounds like Just One Night did exactly that. A little fan-girling never hurts either! Hehe I’m relieved to learn that the author managed to pull off the 3rd person POV because that is a tricky one. Fab review!

    • Thanks so much, Carmel. I was worried about the 3rd person thing as well, but thankfully it didn’t ruin the story!

  • I had a hard time with this duology, hence I had no interest in reading this novella when it came out. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love novellas that give the readers just enough to soothe the ache. 🙂

    • Sometimes it’s hard to let go of a series you love, so I’m glad that this book helped me cut the cord. Lol. Thanks for stopping by Joy!

  • YEAH! I am so glad to hear the sequel is good in your eyes! It’s always scary when an author publishes a novella to a series you adore, and it sounds like Forman nailed it here. 🙂 It’s so awesome she gave something for her fans to enjoy that also matched up with the story she wanted to tell. Thanks for sharing, and BRILLIANT review! <3

  • Mannnn that first quote sounds totally familiar. WAIT WAIT ITS BATMAN ISN’T IT?!?!

    So glad to hear that a novella made you very excited about the series, sometimes they are hit and miss. It sounds so cute and glad it made you smile hun!