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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.
Oh, how wonderful this book was! I did enjoy If I Stay, but I gotta say I enjoyed this one even more! There is so much I loved about this book and almost nothing that I didn’t. I’ll start with the scenery. There are a few places we visit in this story, like England, Holland, and mainly Paris! Everything is so beautiful and real and alive in my head. The descriptions are just lovely.
I mostly liked Allyson. I liked that she got to be someone different, Lulu, for that single day, and it seemed to be truer to herself than she thought, but I didn’t like how she was at first while she was dealing with her tough times. I kind of wanted to yell at her to get over it a couple of times, but at the same time I can understand why she would be that way. Oh, Willem, I would love to meet you in real life. He has now been added to my book boyfriend list for sure. And Dee, he is so cool, too, quite a character, and in a very, very good way. I love Allyson and Dee’s friendship and the way he is there for her. Even the characters you meet in passing are great.
This story was very touching and beautiful and really gets in you heart. I am glad I don’t have to wait an entire year before reading the second part to this story! I think I would die because of the way it ended, but luckily, I already have the next one in hand, yay! I am itching to continue it! Aside from a great story, it also has great life lessons and I love to see how Allyson starts to see them, too and changing. If you like contemporaries, or if you have been looking for one to try, this is definitely a wonderful one to pick up!
Great characters, beautiful descriptions, realistic, sometimes Allyson was…annoying.