I knew I wanted to share a Quote Book post today but didn’t really know which bookish quotes to feature. But then I came across Jamie of the Perpetual Page Turner‘s post on books that changed our lives and coincidentally, Gayle Forman’s Just One Day made such an impact on both of us. After reading her post about it, I reopened one of my two copies (the book means so much to me that I can’t have just one copy okay), the one I originally read and annotated, and thought I’d shared some lines that made me really contemplate my life at the time.

just one day by gayle forman quote - the real question is not whether to be

“What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?”

― Gayle Forman, Just One Day

just one day by gayle forman quote - put yourself in the path

“I think everything is happening all the time, but if you don’t put yourself in the path of it, you miss it.” 

― Gayle Forman, Just One Day

The first line refers to the Shakespeare quote To be or not to be: that is the question,” and appears on the very first page of the book. I struggled with the how of life so often and that one sentence/question hits the tone and the theme of the story perfectly that even after reading, it still came back to me. The second quote also motivated me to get myself unstuck and start putting myself in the path. It sparked me to make a huge decision about college that I shared about briefly in my Open Letter to My YA Self. It’s amazing how someone else’s words can be powerful enough to change the course of someone’s life. Gayle Forman did that for me through Just One Day and I’m so grateful.

Have you read Just One Day? What’s your favourite quote from it? Which books changed your life?

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8 thoughts on “Quote Book: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

  1. Nice quotes!

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm
  2. These quotes are so lovely girl. ;) I’ve always loved to decipher the deeper meaning behind quotes because it’s usually so much more than we originally thought.:)

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  3. I love these quotes! I feel like they are so fitting for my life right now omg, because I am going through such a life crisis. D:

    I have actually read this series and loved them but I don’t have my bookmarks here with me :(

    Great job, Hazel :)

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm
  4. Just One Day has so many quotable lines! So it pleases me to see you took two of my favourites and made such beautiful graphics out of them! :)

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm
  5. These quotes make me want to read the book!And since I know that we share similar tastes (The DUFF and Damsel Distressed?:)),I think I might love Just One Day too!

    Posted on May 14, 2015 at 4:20 am
  6. Beautiful post, Hazel! :D I have never read Just One Day, but I’ve heard good things about it. I love the quotes you put; they were really thought-provoking. I’d love to check this book out soon and read it. Great post ^_^

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 3:30 am
  7. This has got to be one of my favorites from this feature!

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:33 am