October 27, 2014

Thoughts On... Just One Year by Gayle Forman

I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed! To be honest, I think I went into the book expecting for Willem to meet Allyson/Lulu much earlier in the book and then being able to experience their romance again.

Much of this book is about Willem's journey to find this girl whose name he can no longer recall, but remembers that he had an extremely special day with. For me, that almost became a sub-plot because it no longer mattered in my mind. I became much more interested in his unconscious journey of his self discovery through trying to find Lulu.

I loved that this book took us as readers to so many different places in the world, and allowed us to experience the different cultures. Gayle Forman wrote in such a descriptive way such that sometimes I could picture the ruins around me, the smells, the street markets, the beautiful river and canals... There was something unique and distinct about each city we arrived at.

There's nothing else I have to say about this book! It was quite the adventure for sure with moments of reflection, humour, and obviously, sadness. However, it fell short of my expectations and did not really compare to the strong tug on my heart that I felt when reading Just One Day.


  1. I was disappointed in this one, too ... I thought it would start off where the last one ended and i wasn't particularly invested in Willem's journey since I knew the outcome. Oh well ...

  2. Same! It wasn't a bad book, but I just had the wrong expectations..

  3. Aww, it's always disappointing to hear that the sequel didn't live up to the original. I would still like to give Just One Day a go sometime though - that one sounded quite powerful.


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