Wednesday, November 7, 2012

While You Wait (1): Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a great Wednesday. As you can see, I've decided to do something a little different today. I'm starting a new feature called While You Wait.  One day, I was thinking about all the books I'd like to do Waiting on Wednesdays for, and I realized that while talking about books we're desperate to get is fun, it can also be nice to know what similar titles are available in the mean time.  I decided to feature a book that's coming out and list some books that you might also enjoy.  The upcoming and recommended books may or not be titles I've read--it'll be specified in the post.

For example, I'm desperate to read Just One Day by Gayle Forman.  Although I haven't gotten my hands on ARC yet, I can think of titles that sound very similar and are out now (with the exception of one, but it'll be out in one week instead of January), so I'm suggesting them to you here.  I anticipate doing While You Wait roughly once a month at the beginning of the month in place of Waiting on Wednesday.

Now that you've got the basic idea, let's get this month's post underway!

A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Release date: January 8, 2013 

I love the idea of this duology.  It's about a boy and a girl who meet and fall in love--we hear one perspective that's set over the course of a day, and the other that's set over the course of the year.  I hope to pick this one up the minute it comes out. If you're eagerly anticipating this book like I am, check out these titles in the meantime.

If I Stay is the story of Mia, a girl in critical condition at the hospital after her entire immediate family has been involved in a devastating car accident.  As she lies in the hospital, Mia learns what has happened to her family, and is faced with a difficult decision.  If I Stay is a great pick because you get a taste of how Forman's ability to write a deeply emotional novel. I don't want to spoil the sequel, Where She Went, but I will say it's well worth the read.

 In The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, Oliver and Hadley meet in an airport and sit in the same row on an international flight to London.  But do they ever meet again?  Since this and Just One Day are both stories of love interests that meet by happenstance, I imagine that the two will be quite frequently compared once Just One Day is out.  Plus, Jennifer E. Smith's novel is just plain adorable.

 On a spring break trip to London, straight-laced Julia is paired with class-clown Jason, and the two have adventures all over the city. Now, this one isn't available until next Tuesday, the 13th, but that's certainly much sooner than January 8th.  Meant to Be also has the element of a girl who goes abroad and acts out of character, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

 Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna who finds herself at a boarding school in Paris where she meets the short, funny Etienne St. Clair.  The two form a fast friendship, but will Anna ever get her French kiss?  If you want another love story that's set abroad, you must pick up Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Although it's set in the U.S., its companion, Lola and the Boy Next Door, is a fantastic read as well.

 Want to talk about love? The Lover's Dictionary takes 26 words, one from each letter of the alphabet, and defines them in relation to a fictional relationship.  This book is written for adults, but like Just One Day, there's obviously a romantic element to it.  Plus, it's a ridiculously fast-paced read.

And there you have it--books that I think would be perfect to check out while you wait on Just One Day.  Let me know what you think of these titles if you recommend them and if there are any you might add to the list. Happy waiting!


  1. Great idea to pair a not-yet-released book with books you've already read! I have this on my TBR list though I still haven't read If I Stay. I did like Anna and the French Kiss and I've got Meant to Be on my TBR list.

  2. I've heard so many good things about Gayle Forman but, I have yet to actually pick up anything by her. Maybe I should change that? Also, all the other books you listed are also on my TBR list!

    ~Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine



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