Title: Just One Year
Author: Gayle Forman
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Page Number: 323
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.
2 out of 5 stars
Willem wakes up in a hospital not knowing his name, location, or reason of being there. His head and body hurt, but the doctors won’t let him go. All he knows is that he needs to get out of the hospital. His memory gradually comes back, and he remembers that there is a girl. Lulu. Lulu isn’t even her real name, so he has no way to get in contact with her. He goes on adventures to try and find her and ends up remembering little things about their trip to Paris from the first book.
This is literally all that this book is about. Throw in some Bollywood and Shakespeare and you have Just One Year. I did not like this book, because there was literally no point whatsoever. Willem just traveled around being depressed looking for “the love of his life.” He tried to find this girl, but got discouraged and very distracted along the way. I did enjoy the Shakespeare, though. Yes, there were parts that made me smile, but overall this book didn’t do it for me. I really enjoyed the first one, so I kind of had high hopes for this one, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Willem is the main character of this book, and he makes a lot of friends on his travels. I literally didn’t enjoy any characters from this book. Willem’s uncle Daniel was fine, but he was in less than 30 pages. Literally 300 pages and I had no bonds with any of the characters. I did enjoy the way Willem’s relationship with his mother developed even though I didn’t like her.
Who Would I Be?:
I would choose to be Willem because he got to travel the world. I have extreme wanderlust, so the idea of just traveling out of a backpack intrigues me. I like the way he and his mother bonded at the end. He got around with the ladies. You would think he would kind of hold out on everything if he was really in love with Allyson, but whatever. Do you, Willem.