Magan: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

sequel to Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman
Other Books Reviewed in This Series: Just One Day
Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 336
Target Audience: Young Adult
Keywords: Falling in Love, Traveling the World, Lost Love, Theater and Acting
Format Read: ARC borrowed from Lena at Addicted 2 Novels

Summary: After a day spent with Allyson (also known as Lulu), Willem is on the search for her. Their chance encounter has changed his life, and he desperately wants to find her.

After finishing Just One Day, I couldn’t help but feel this sense of wonderment. The places Willem and Allyson visited. Their adventures… and even their misadventures. It left me yearning to travel more. And then there was that ending. Let’s just be honest and say that it shocked us all. Was Willem the boy we had fallen in love with? Who was this boy? And why, oh, why must Gayle Forman torture us and make us wait to find out what happened?

Just One Year is told from Willem’s perspective this go-around. With all of my hesitations about his character, I was left feeling pretty unsure about wanting to know him better. I needed Allyson to give him a good one-two-punch and knock some major sense into him. Willem’s story begins the day he and Allyson are separated — oh, you know, the day that our hearts all swooned and we wanted to break into buildings with boys we met the day before. He recalls moments with Lulu (the only name he ever knew her by) and we get to see what he was thinking and feeling as they spent their day together. (Le sigh.)

Most important to me were the details of WHY he left her alone, stranded, what happened, and how he spent his year. Was Willem searching for Lulu like she was searching for him? We’re led to believe he’s a bit of a playboy, but is it true? Does he pine for her (maybe a little less melodramatically), or does he just move on with his life? 

Just One Day was about Allyson’s growth and transformation, just as much as Just One Year is about Willem’s maturity and coming to terms with the loss of his father and peace-making with his mother. He and his mom aren’t on good terms after the death of his father. He’s become lost, a wanderer. Above all else, I love that Forman doesn’t just focus on the reunion of Willem and Allyson (though heck yes that’s the top reason I was breezing through the pages). Willem’s story is a journey, quite literally the majority of the time as he traipses around the globe … one that will have you glued to the pages.

Without fail, Forman’s writing continues to be top-notch. She beautifully enters the mind of a young male who can sometimes be easily distracted and quickly discouraged. She impeccably describes each of the locations Willem ventures to and will, without doubt, make you wish you could hop on the next flight out from your local airport.

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Magan’s January 13, 2012 Shelve It

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Hello, friends! I have thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday — no plans to speak of and we successfully took down our Christmas tree. (Yes, I know what date it is, but ugh — things have just been so busy. Happy it’s down now, but so sad Christmas is over.) Anyway, back to books…


It was a pretty easy going week for me on the book front. I attended a signing for John and Sherry Petersik’s book Young House Love (Goodreads | Amazon) with my sister-in-law, Leslie, at Book People on Tuesday. SUCH a fun event — the place was packed, everyone was in great spirits, John and Sherry were so awesome to listen to, and we laughed so so hard. This book has 243 DIY ideas for your home with all the instructions and lots of pictures to guide you through how to do it. (And if you’re a DIY junkie like I am, this is music to your ears.) Also: If you’re not familiar with the Young House Love blog, please allow me to introduce you to the awesome.

Edit: I forgot to include the photographs we took from the Young House Love signing/tour. Don’t worry – that’s been resolved. Photos below. 🙂

Young House Love at Book People in Austin

Me (Left) and Leslie (Right) Waiting for the YHL Talk to Begin!

young house love in austin texas

Young House Love Book, Ready to be Signed!

young house love at book people in austin texas

John and Sherry of Young House Love

While I was at Book People, I decided to purchase my copy of Just One Day (Goodreads | Amazon) since it was Gayle Forman’s release date. She’s going to be in Austin on January 18th at Book People so I’m happy to own a finished copy of the book to take along for the signing! (I AM GOING TO FANGIRL SO HARD. Austin people — who is going to this event?) If you’ve now read JOD, what are your thoughts? Are you in LOVE with it like I am?


What you may have missed on the blog this week:

+ A short Saturday review of Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe
+ Big Kid’s Table: January 2013 Adult Fiction Picks
+ A review of Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
+ A review of Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky
+ A review of Just One Day by Gayle Forman

(Sidenote: Just looking back through our posts this week, I noticed how many comments you guys left us throughout the week. I’m blown away by your response. Thank you, thank you for taking the time to read our posts and leave your comments! It really warms my heart and I love reading what you guys think! I’m making my way back through my posts & commenting. xoxo)