Title: Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)
Author: Gayle Forman
Published: October 18th 2013
Date Read: January 19th 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.
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.
If I don’t already have this book on-hand after I finished Just One Year, I would’ve been frustrated on how that book ended but fortunately, I have it and Hooray for that because as much as the ending of Just One Day left me hanging, I’m excited to hear Willem.
Just One Day is about Allyson looking for the answers, Just One Year is Willem’s turn to look for those.
“You don’t ever find things when you’re looking for them.You find them when you’re not.”
Just One Year shows Willem’s point of view in meeting Allyson and how lost he is when he goes to to Holland without Allyson. As I have mention on the review of Just One Day, Willem is one of those “onion” type of characters that consist of layers and each one of those layers has its surprise because there is more to him. Getting to know him, his family and friends was indeed a great treat for me. His back story, fate, accidents and double happiness.I like how his reason for wanting to travel and feel lost was explained. His complicated relationship with his mother was pretty tough but it was still touching.
Compared to Adam’s book (Where She Went), Just One Year, lets us take a glimpse of Willem’s own journey after he lost Allyson. The story doesn’t rely on flashbacks instead it was all new.
It seems silly and unrealistic how these two seems to be so connected after just meeting and seeing together for Just One Day but what I do know is that their connection and understanding with each other is there and they simply fit. They’re both pieces of puzzles that needs to be put together. It changes both of them.
My only qualm about this is that, I wanted more of Allyson and Willem moment. Their moment together is not enough for me and didn’t even satisfy an inch of craving I have for their reunion. I understand this is not a big love story, but it could’ve been an awesome treat for the readers because we all wanted to see more of them.
In all, Just One Year is a great companion novel to Just One Day. Yes, the ending was not typical but it was perfect for the characters. I’m craving for more Gayle Forman books and hopefully we all get that soon.