Title: Just One Year
Author: Gayle Forman
Narrator: Daniel May
Series: Just One Day #2
Length: 8 hrs 12 mins
Publisher: Listening Library
Publication Date: October 10th, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible
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.
Earlier this Summer I listened to Just One Day. It was good. I liked it, but I have to say, Just One Year was better. You see, Just one Year is told from Willems POV. It's basically his whole story from that year. I loved how points of the story matched up with what Alison was doing at those times.
Spoiler Alert for those who haven't read Just One Day.
Willem and Allyson get separated early on in Just One Day and she pines for him. Searches for him.. it's over the whole course of the year. When she finally shows up on his doorstep... the book ends. Hello!!!! What the fuck happens? lol.
Well, Just One Year takes you right up to that point too, and it's kind of amazing because you know it's coming. All of your questions regarding Allyson's misunderstandings are answered.
What I really loved about this one is that Willem was a mystery and by reading this book, it's been solved. You really get a deep down look at how he ticks, and what makes him that way. Through all of Just One Day I thought he was kinda a prick.. but it all makes sense now.
My only complaint is I would have liked a little more.. like say an epilogue or something...
No epilogue, but there is the follow up Novella.. Just One Night. Which is basically an epilogue. I'm not going to "officially" review it.. but I recommend picking it up to read following Just One Year. You'll be frustrated otherwise.
Overall, great book. I like this little series. As far as I know, that's it. No others about these two. Which is fine. I liked how it all ended. :)
About the author:
I suppose the short version of this bio could simply read: My name is Gayle Forman and I love to write young-adult novels. Because I do. So thank you for reading them. Because without you, it’d just be me. And the voices in my head.
Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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