Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

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.

For a long time Just One Day had been on my to-read list. But I'll be honest, when it came to priorities, it wasn't super high. But I had some friends who kept nagging me, and I got tired of having them walk away to talk about spoilers, since they were so adamant about the books. So I finally picked up Just One Day.

Serves me right for waiting so long. Just One Day is a book that was made for me, and I knew I had to have Just One Year. Immediately. I bought it the next day and pretty much read it in one sitting. It's just as good as Just One Day, and if you enjoyed Allyson's story and thought it was heartbreaking, you'll love this.

Just One Year picks up where we lost Willem in Just One Day. We find out why he didn't show up that morning, and watch him begin to search for her. All the while we know exactly what Allyson is doing at home in the United States. We follow Willem all over the world--to India, Amsterdam, Mexico, Paris, and finally to where his path crosses with Allyson's one more time.

As you can probably tell, I loved this book. I adore traveling, and was fascinated by the cultures in this book. Everyone has a bucket list of places they want to go in the world, right? But Just One Year also gives you a sense of how important a sense of home can be, and the loneliness that accompanies extended periods of travel. If anything, this book will make you want to buy all the plane tickets and also want to snuggle up next to your family for a movie night and never let them go.

The gorgeously romantic and epic companion to Just One Day is perfect to curl up with this winter and imagine you're somewhere with warmer temperatures!

I also recommend Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Paper Towns by John Green.

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