Review - Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)
by Gayle Forman

Publishing date:
October 10th 2013
Publisher: Dutton Children's

Book Description:
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.

This review contains unavoidable spoilers for Just One Day and minor spoliers for Just One Year.

When I finished Just One Day, I was left speechless and schocked. I couldn't believe it ended where it did, and of course, I was eagerly anicipating Just One Year. For months I waited, and waited... It finaly came out, and I got my fingers on it, and it left me a little disappointed. It wasn't what I expected it to be. It was a good book nevertheless, but still disappointing for me.

Just One Year is more a companion novel to Just One Day than a sequel. It starts in Paris, after he left Lulu. He is confused and all he knows is that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. He is lost and heartbroken. In this book, he's not just trying to find Lulu, but he is also trying to find himself. The journy is long and sad at most times. He doesn't know what's happening to him. He has a feeling it's because he lost one girl who ment something to him and he doesn't know how to continue with his life from that point, but he's also trying to reestablish some broken relationships he left behind when he left for his trip around Europe.

His journey through this book leads him to Cancun, Mexico, to India and some other short trips. Those trips were funny and interesting at some times, but mostly I found myself borred with them, and just waiting for them to be over. I knew what I was expecting from this book, and what point I was waiting for.

The thing I enjoyed most in Just One Day, their day spent in Paris, was left out in Just One Year. I was looking forward to seeing how Willem saw that day, even tought we did see some moments from his memories, but I still missed it in this book. Also, the part that left me disappointed, is the end. I expected Gayle Forman would put some final clousure to it, and she did in some way, because we knew now how both, Willem and Lulu felt, and we could assume what would happen, but still I would preffer it written.

All in all, I believe you can't not like a book written by Gayle Forman. It has a beautiful writing, it has a great storyline, a great characters, but in this one, not everything was great and it kept me from truly enjoying this book.

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