Just One Year
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: Just One Day, #2
Length: 8 hours
Narrator: Daniel Thomas May
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Original Publication Date: 2013
Genre(s): Young adult, Contemporary, Romance
After spending an unforgettable single day in Paris together, Willem and Allyson lose each other for one year. In Just One Day, we spend that year with Allyson; now, we get to see what happens to Willem over the course of that same year. From waking up in the hospital that morning in Paris, back to Holland, all the way to India and back again, Willem tries to both find and forget about Lulu, and in the process winds up finding himself.
I actually started reading this book without taking a look at the synopsis, so I had no idea this book was from Willem’s perspective and isn’t about what happens when he and Allyson reconnect after that year. So, of course, I was pretty let down. I was looking for an actual sequel, not…this. Just One Year begins the morning after Willem and Allyson’s whirlwind day in Paris. Willem, of course, wakes up in the hospital and not next to Allyson. We find out what happened to him, not only on that morning but also during the entire year that follows.
But WHY did we need this book? From the clues Allyson picks up during her search for him, we can gather exactly what happened to Willem that morning. Sure, we have no idea what Willem goes through to eventually wind up starring in Twelfth Night, where Allyson finally finds him, but…do we care? Apparently, lots of people did care. But I didn’t. If we needed to hear Willem’s story, Just One Day should have been alternating POVs. But truthfully I did not care about Willem’s story. I wanted Willem WITH Allyson and their combined story.
So, for me, Just One Year was super boring. I wanted to DNF it multiple times. It wasn’t what I was looking for at all. I don’t think it was a bad book, but it wasn’t for me. I guess I should have read the synopsis before getting into it, but I really did want to finish out this series. I just…I think it was an unnecessary addition, just like sooooo many other romance sequels.
I will read the novella Just One Night to finally have a resolution to this story, but I know it’s just going to be something I have to do. I’m a bit over it at this point, which makes me sad. So, if you like Willem and want to get in his head, you’ll love this installment in the series. Though I did come to appreciate him as a character a lot more, I was so bored out of my mind that I couldn’t enjoy it.