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Bookworm: Gale Foreman's 'Just One Day' full of adventure, shows unpredictable nature of life

March 20, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
Updated March 19, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.


Books are one of my favorite ways to escape from the world. Sometimes when I need to pull the covers over my head for a day, curl up with a pillow and ignore the doorbell, I look for a book that is extra light.

So when I woke up one Saturday in a mood that rivaled that of Grumpy Cat, I decided I'd spend the morning with "Just One Day" by Gale Forman.

If you've read any of her previous books, you'll know Forman never disappoints. Every book she writes is full of young adventure with just a touch of romance.

They are the perfect treat when a treat is what is needed.

Allyson Healey is a typical teenaged good girl. She graduates with great grades from high school in preparation for studying pre-med in college. That summer, she goes on an educational tour of Europe with her best friend Melanie and gets into no trouble at all.

She doesn't hit the pubs or stay out late partying. She watches movies in her hotel room, goes to bed early and follows the rules. She always has.

On Allyson's last night in England, she decides she wants to try something a little different. The friends go to see an underground performance of "Twelfth Night," and she meets a young Dutch boy, Willem De Ruiter.

The next day on the train, she runs into him again and agrees to an impromptu trip to Paris. She takes a chance and leaves her comfort zone. She does what she has never done before - an adventure, with Willem.

The day after a whirlwind experience unlike anything she has ever taken part in before, Allyson wakes up to discover Willem is gone. Disappeared.

It was just one day, but it changes everything. It changes her.

Over the next year, Allyson slowly figures out that she needs real answers. She gets a job to earn money for the ticket, takes a French class and finally goes back to Paris to find the truth.

Along the way, she learns that though it's good to know the whys of life's unknowns, it doesn't always matter as much as you think it will in the end.

Sometimes, it isn't what you think you are looking for as much as what you find.

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