Monday, November 4, 2013

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year
By: Gayle Forman
Released: October 10, 2013
Source: Purchased
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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. . . ." (Summary from

I loved Just One Year! Just One Day is one of my favorite books, so I have been anxiously counting down until the release of Just One Year and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

Just One Year is in Willem's point of view and follows his year after losing Lulu. In Just One Day, the reader really doesn't know much about Willem, so I loved getting the chance to learn all about him in this book. It was also great to read his side to the story about losing Lulu. Forman does an excellent job with developing him throughout the book. He has his own personal journey to go on through the course of the year. It was also great to meet some new characters.

The plot was captivating and held my attention from the beginning. I loved that I can now put together both Willem's and Allyson's stories. I especially loved getting to travel the world with Willem. I love a book that can bring me to new places and that is exactly what Forman did with this story. Forman's writing was gorgeous once again as well. I just love her writing style and the way that she tells a story. Just One Year broke my heart at some moments, but also made me smile at other moments. The only complaint that I have is that I want more of Willem and Allyson's story. 

Overall, I loved Just One Year! I definitely recommend Just One Day and Just One Year to fans of contemporary stories.

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  1. These books never really caught my attention but I know alot of people absolutely loved them. Great review

  2. YES! I loved this book, but I wanted more of Willem and Allyson's story! I understand what Gayle Forman was trying to do - the book was more about self discovery and coming of age, but that doesn't mean I didn't want more of them together!!

    Also! Did you see the little mention of Adam from If I Stay?!!? SO good!
    Great review!

    Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog


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