Title: Just One Year
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day, #2
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased (Hardcover – signed!)
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.
I love Gayle Forman. With all of the past books that I’ve read, I’ve been taken on a journey — usually an emotional rollercoaster — and I have LOVED her for it. I did really enjoy this book, the second in the Just One Day series, but it just didn’t resonate with me like the first book in the series.
Let me begin by saying that there were some things I expected from this book. I expected more of Allyson — I mean, the first book was a romance. OK, there was definitely that journey of self-discovery, but the one thing I loved was that one day aspect of it. What can happen in just one day? Can you fall in love? I felt like that’s what happened between Allyson and Willem, but in this book, it’s just not there.
After the HUGE cliffhanger of the first book, I wanted more in the second book. I guess you can say that I wanted the reverse of the first book in this one. We obviously know what’s going to happen in the end, with this book taking place during the time Allyson and Willem are apart, but part of me wanted them to have a little more screen time together. While I thought Willem definitely had a journey to go through, I felt like I was robbed in the romance part of the book. I mean, after book one, we already knew that’s what would happen. Why not give us a little more?
Willem does go through quite the journey of self-discovery in this book and I loved most of it. There were some parts that were a little slow for me, but I did feel it was necessary for him. He really wasn’t as hung up on his “Lulu” as she was on him during her story, but maybe it’s a guy thing? I love the male point of view, but I guess I never know what to expect with it.
While I didn’t love this one, I still enjoyed the journey. I can’t say that it brought a LOT of resolution after the first book, but I guess I can say that it was necessary to the series. I just expected to swoon a little more.