Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gayle Forman's "Just One Year"

Oh Gayle. You sure do know how to tug at a person's hearstrings! This follow-up and conclusion to "Just One Day" is as awesome as you expect, but it did stress me out a little. I did enjoy JOD more than JOY, mostly because I liked Allyson's journey so much and identified with it a lot, and JOY is stressful will they/won't they stuff.

From Goodreads:

Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....

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.

This book is William's journey to find his Lulu, to find himself. We learn why he wasn't there when she woke up, and we learn all about his life. We learn that, while he is a bit flawed (a womanizer), he is, at heart, a really good guy. He is lost and lonely, and he uses traveling and girls to forget himself, to escape from his life, to avoid confronting his problems. This book chronicles his journey - across the world, to find himself - and it's a really good read. I tried to read it really slowly to make it last. 

Just a tiny selection of my favorite quotes - you should see how many post it notes I have in this book, marking favorite places. 

I wait more. I am adrenaline slammed into inertia: a fast car stuck in traffic.

Sometimes the wind blows you places you weren't expecting; sometimes it blows you away from those places, too.

"...I remember feeling a jolt. As if the universe was saying: pay attention."

"To dream is the ultimate dare"

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