Series: Just One Day, #2
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
I was rather sad about this book. Not in the way I was saddened by Just One Day—where I had some serious case of sobbing my heart out about the smallest of things. No. I smothered in sadness as I had a lump of disappointment that grew and grew as I read further into Just One Year. Nonetheless, this is not to say that I hated Just One Year with all my heart and soul. Just…let down about the way Gayle Forman decided to write this novel—but not to say I didn’t like her writing.
“Love is not something you protect. It’s something you risk.”
Just One Year, does not pick up from where everyone was expected it to upon finishing Just One Day. No, Just One Year is a retelling of Just One Day in Willem’s point on view. His story of how the year rolled by without Lulu. He only knew Lulu for one day, and he can’t even remember Lulu’s real name—Allyson. We follow Willem and his accident, how it changed his path, how it took him away from his Lulu. Accidents are what create our paths, how they shape us. And how accidents brought Allyson and Willem together, and how accidents tore them apart.
I loved Adam from Where She Went; his voice was distinct, wrapped in pain. So I quite naturally expected Willem’s perspective to be just as touching and enthralling. Truth be told, it wasn’t as breath taking, yet still likeable. I always envisioned Willem to be a strong, loving man in Just One Year however I was rather disappointed (there’s that word again) to discover his wasn’t as hard as nails. But his flaws were not really pitiful. His actions sometimes were not really what I’d expected from him. Willem is a runner. Not the athletic way but he runs from difficulties. From problems. But I loved how he didn’t want to run from Lulu, he wanted to find her.
Despite my tiny vexation towards Willem’s character, the plot was my main issue. Nothing really happened. We learn about what really happened when Willem left Allyson’s side but I wasn’t truly convinced or buying the idea. It wasn’t until later where this theme of ‘accidents’ kept coming until I was sold. Yet that’s not the point. My point is that I was bored. I, like many others were anticipated Willem and Allyson’s after. What happened after Willem answered the door. But we didn’t get it until much much later. So as this monotonous plot drawled through, I became absolutely fed up. However I do appreciated how Gayle Forman leaves the end open ended–not too open ended so us readers can imagine how the story would continue. It wasn’t that I was utterly dissatisfied about how everything unravelled. I just wanted a little, teensy tiny bit more. Something to fill me up and make me fangirl about.
With the more than beautiful writing of Gayle Forman’s, we get to see Willem’s side of the story of this accidental day in Paris. Sure Willem was a little iffy for me and the plot I couldn’t care less about nevertheless I couldn’t help but love the writing and supporting characters. Also, fans of If I Stay will be over the moon to read about a certain character’s success that was mentioned in here.
~Thank you Random House Australia for sending me this copy!~
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