Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Review of Just One Year
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Just One Year by Gayle Forman
October 10, 2013
Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began….
When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect. – Goodreads
Okay, so I read Just One Day and I loved it, I really did. I loved the travel aspects and the character growth, even though Allyson’s moping drove me crazy every once in a while, but overall, I ugly cried my way through Just One Day. So good!
And that ENDING, remember?
Fast forward to the release of Just One Year. After that ending of Just One Day, I was like HOLY EFF I NEED THIS JUST ONE YEAR RIGHT NOW, but when it finally came out, I was unsure I wanted to read it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to know Willem’s side of the story, honestly. But I was assured that Just One Year was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t not read it.
Well, I’m so glad I listened, because Just One Year was amazing. I still like Allyson has a character/person more, but I enjoyed Willem’s story a billion times more, I think. Mainly because all of the travel and he had so much shit to work through and gah. And Willem seriously isn’t the perfect YA love interest and there’s a lot of that shown in Just One Year, which felt more realistic to me.
More ugly crying happened during Just One Year. There’s a lot of family issues that Willem has to work through and those get me every single time.
So, the ending of Just One Year. I’m going to admit – as soon as I had it in my hands, I flipped ahead to the ending just to confirm what I already suspected. So I wasn’t disappointed by it in the slightest, like I think some people have been. But regardless of my cheating, I think the ending of Just One Year really worked for me. It left a lot open but still answered my burning question – would they or wouldn’t they?
Anyway, Gayle Forman is basically a genius writer. I am obsessed with her writing style, even though I still haven’t read If I Stay. I know, that’s ridiculous – I’ve met her, I have signed copies, etc. What is wrong with me? But yeah, so I need to get on that.
Basically, if you loved Just One Day – or even if you didn’t love it and are hoping for a bit of redemption on Willem’s end – pick up Just One Year. You won’t regret it.
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