I've been reading YA (beyond The Hunger Games) for almost five years now. In the fall of 2013, I read what was clearly one of the favorites at the time - Just One Day. And now I'm going to tell you why it's managed to stick with me over the last four and a half years.
I have immense wanderlust, and it was apparently simmering under the surface in 2013 'cause Allyson's travels around England, France, and Amsterdam definitely stirred something inside of me.
I had just taken a year-long class on Shakespeare, so it was very much on my mind. I loved exploring two new-to-me plays and Allyson's Shakespeare class at her university fascinated me.
3. The university setting
YA books set during freshman year of college are becoming more common, but this was one of the first I read, and it's stuck with me.
4. Finding yourself
A fitting plot for college freshman characters is figuring out who you really are, and Allyson is definitely doing that throughout the book. She's figuring out what she wants for herself and what makes her happy, as opposed to what makes her mother happy.
5. The messiness
There is nothing perfect about Allyson, or her relationship with Willem, or her friendships. But she tries and she doesn't want to leave things messy if she can help it.
I'm sure most of y'all have read Just One Day by now, but if you haven't...