Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman
Published October 10th 2013 by Dutton Children’s
Source: eGalley via Penguin First to Read
The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day
After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.
Just One Day allowed me to fall in love with Gayle Forman’s writing. Her settings, her characters, her stories. I was going to wait till closer till the release date to read Just One Year but I started it the second I got it. I needed to know Willem’s story, I needed to know what or who went wrong, and most of all I needed to know what happens in the end. I will just say I was not let down.
I absolutely loved being inside Willem’s head. He is a much different narrator than Allyson. Willem’s story is a bit wilder in my opinion just because that was his life before that fateful day. His life is based around adventure so naturally this story contains plenty of that. Willem’s journey is not just about him finding more about “Lulu” but also finding more about himself.
One of the best parts of Willem’s story is the amount of traveling he does. Forman is superb at writing setting and she does not disappoint in this one. She introduces us to so many beautiful locations that I honestly felt like I was there at some points. Something that stood out to me is the different perspective that Willem has pertaining to locations that were in the first book. In Just One Day we get Allyson’s perspective on location and the descriptions matched her personality and the same thing can be said about Willem’s perspective. It amazes me that the same writing can portray both of these amazing points of views.
My small complaint about this one is that at times I felt disconnected from Allyson’s story. Of course this is Willem’s story but they are so interconnected that I wish I remembered what was going on in Allyson’s life. There were times where I was wondering what Allyson was up to at this point in Willem’s story. Of course I could have picked up my copy of Just One Day and figured it out! I would definitely like to read these two back to back just so I have points of Allyson’s story fresh in my mind. Also the book starts after the day when Willem and Allyson met. I was a bit bummed that we did not get to see their day together though Willem’s eyes but then again that might have killed my heart.
Forman knocked it out of the park again with an emotional love story that will play with your heart. If you have yet to check out Just One Day, there is time before Just One Year and I would totally recommend getting on that sooner rather than later!