Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Summary: 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.

Char's Review: Seeing Willem’s PoV was enlightening and wonderful. It made up for yet another open ending. Don't make the mistake of thinking that this book takes place after Just One Day ends (like I did.) At first I was hesitant, because I, more often than not, loathe open endings. But Just One Year was written beautifully.

Just One Year didn't make me doubt the characters. It had the opposite effect, I now have much more confident in Willem. I understand him, and that makes me understand the connection he has with 'Lulu'. I feel like I can imagine my own ending, and for the reader to have that feeling is a blessing. 

So, as I said before, this book is basically a parallel to the one told from Allyson's PoV. Don't let that turn you off or bore you. There weren't any slow parts to this book. Even when it seemed like it was getting a bit droopy, it still had the can't-put-it-down effect.

If all love stories were written by Gayle Forman, the world would be a better place.

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