Just One Year
By Gayle Forman
Publication date: Oct. 10, 2013
Dutton Children’s, 336 pages
Source: Borrowed from my lovely friend Mitali
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Then – bam! — Just One Year. Yet again, she’s surpassed my expectations. The storytelling here, you guys. I can’t even. It blew my mind.
We all fell a little bit in love with Willem through Allyson’s eyes in the first book. Sure, he was shrouded in mystery, but we thought we knew him – at least a little bit. Turns out we’d barely brushed the surface.
In Just One Year, Gayle chips away at Willem’s armor and reveals him to us bit by flawed bit. He felt much more REAL and raw and fleshed out in this story in a way that really opened my eyes to “the other side of the story.”
The thoughtfulness that went into it all — their backstories, the reveal of information, the interconnectivity of their worlds and the beautiful settings – it’s astounding. The first story – which I loved – has taken on so much more meaning after book two. Just One Year combines with Just One Day to create a real masterpiece.
Beautiful. Read it.
PS: Also: Does this series not make you want to travel? It certainly didn’t help that I read this installment right after a trip to the Netherlands – gahhh I want to go back already! Here was the view from outside our apartment in Amsterdam…