Mon, September 23, 2013

Just One Year by Gayle Forman Review

Just One Year book cover

Just One Year book cover

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.

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Gayle Forman stunned me with If I Stay, then upped the game a million degrees and wrecked me with the emotional Where She Went. And I fell even deeper in love with her writing in Just One Day.

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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…

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  1. Fantasy Realm ~ a fantasy blog said:

    Sounds interesting 🙂

    Sheck out my blog and respond to my montly blog question 🙂


    Posted on: Mon, September 23, 2013

  2. Sarah/appifanie said:

    It’s even BETTER than her other books? I’m glad I finally wised up and decided to pre-order this one!

    Also, I went on a Europe trip in high school and met a boy, but he was from a few towns over from me. I can’t wait to read this book!!! Willem <3


    Posted on: Mon, September 23, 2013

  3. We Heart YA said:

    Glad to hear that Willem gets fleshed out, because he didn’t really impress us / feel real to us in the first book. And we SO wanted to like him…!


    Posted on: Mon, September 23, 2013

  4. Erica said:

    I actually liked this a lot more than Just One Day–partly because Willem turned out to be such an enjoyable character to spend time with, while Allyson was kind of a pain in the butt. She was very real and I probably had issues with her because she reminded me of a younger me, but I still liked Willem more.


    Posted on: Mon, September 23, 2013

  5. brianna said:

    Beautiful view. I love to travel and would love to spend more time abroad, especially in cities like Paris, London, and countries like Holland, Spain, Ireland, etc.


    Posted on: Mon, September 23, 2013

  6. Lucy MB said:

    Hi ! I’m glad this second book is so good…I loved “Just one day” so much… I can’t wait to read this one ! Thanks for your review ! (sorry for my bad english, I’m french…)


    Posted on: Mon, September 23, 2013

  7. Ellice Y said:

    I need to hurry up and read Just One Day. I feel like I’m missing out on a potential favorite. It definitely sounds like my kind of book 🙂


    Posted on: Mon, September 23, 2013

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