Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: Just One Year

Title: Just One Year
Author: Gayle Forman
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Publisher: Dutton's Children
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

For me, JUST ONE DAY was one of those books I immediately connected to. Allyson was someone that I related to and I felt I learned a lot about myself simply from reading it. For this reason (and the simple fact I love Gayle Forman’s books in general), I was dying to read JUST ONE YEAR. And after finishing it, I can say that it was another great Gayle Forman book.
I didn’t connect to Willem’s story quite like I did with Allyson’s, which is the main reason it got 4 birds instead of 5. Still, seeing the year in Willem’s perspective was interesting. Through JUST ONE DAY, you keep wondering what happened to Willem, why he left, if he really cared about her and if he was looking for her. JUST ONE YEAR answers all of those questions.
What I found really interesting was the contrast between Allyson and Willem. Allyson has spent her whole life playing it safe while Willem has been a constant drifter. On the surface they seemcompletely wrong for each other but it’s because of their differences that they are in fact so right for each other. Allyson needs a little more adventure and Willem needs more stability. They each can offer the other what they really need.
I enjoyed Willem’s quest to find Allyson or as he simply knows her, Lulu. Willem’s quest seems impossible because he knew so little about her. Still, he continues searching for her using the few clues he has about her. You also get to learn more about Willem’s family and why he drifts from place to place. JUST ONE YEAR deals a lot with family and the large part they play in our lives whether we want them to or not.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a continuation of the story but instead the same timeline told through Willem’s perspective. I was hoping to find out more about what happens after Allyson finds him but sadly that doesn’t happen. JUST ONE YEAR leaves off at precisely the same point as JUST ONE DAY.
Still, Forman creates yet another book that readers are sure to learn from. Willem’s journey to find Allyson forces him to deal with issues with his family and shows just how important family truly is.

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  1. I'm reading this right now and I'm loving every moment of it!

  2. I'm waiting for my copy so I can finally read Just One Day. I purposely avoided reading it because I was told it ends in an epic cliffy. I'm glad you enjoyed Willem's story!


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