Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year

From Goodreads:

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.



My Thoughts

The perfect companion to Just One Day, this book is simply magnificent.

This story isn’t just about finding Lulu (Allyson), the girl he spent one day with in Paris. This is Willem’s story about how that one day with that one girl set so many different things in motion in his life, about how that one day changed everything.

It’s about self-discovery and unrequited love.

As he continues to travel and to analyze that day in Paris, Willem learns more about himself; how he found something that he wanted more of, that in turn made him want to get away from it. His grandfather would always say, The truth and its opposite are flip sides of the same coin, and he finally understands what that means.

And the suspense! Knowing Allyson’s story of the year she spent looking for Willem, it was aching to watch Willem search for Allyson and feel both their hope and dejection in turns. And discovering they were in the same vicinity multiple times, but fate and their choices kept them apart!

By the end the suspense was KILLING ME. I knew where Just One Day left off and all the anticipation of both their journeys from the past year culminating in that one moment!

That moment was perfect.

I am absolutely in LOVE with these books, they are amazing. I wanted more once I finished it, but the way it ended was so fitting for the story that I’m not at all bothered by it. I just love Willem and Allyson together so much that I want more of them! BUT I’ll just have to be content with my own musings about their story’s continuation:)

5/5 stars;)


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