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.
I seem unable to do a video review for this book, so I’ll try and verbalize my reaction here instead (this usually comes out more eloquent anyway).
First of all, Forman is a masterful writer. I get sucked into her words with little push. I love how both JOD & JOY both take the reader to all these places. It’s truly like getting to backpack with the characters. I mean, this one took me to India which was awesome. I read this all in one sitting (it was a very late night) because to put it down was not an option. So much, much kudos to the author for that talent.
Willem’s story is just as full and developing as Allyson’s was. Tons of his history is revealed and it colors his character brilliantly. And again, I’m glad that (to me at least) the personal growth is more or at least as important as the romance aspect of it. That’s what means more to me as a reader (romance can be cheap in a lot of books lately).
I do however (this is very personal i know) have issue with how much Willem sleeps around. And yes, I’m still convinced that he feels something deep for Allyson despite the sleeping around. I also understand that this isn’t unusual for a guy of early twenties, also European (where the values are less puritanical than in the US). I get all that. I just didn’t like it. It feels like a double standard as Allyson is not like that.
I would be grateful for a story where it isn’t expected or condoned for the guy to be this way. And I realize this is completely against today’s society where everything is about sex, but there is a lot more to a story, even a coming of age one (which these very much are) than sex.
Overall, love the book, the world, the characters (The side characters are so wonderfully full even when minor), and the places I got to visit.
Rating **** (out of 5)
After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.
It was incredibly nice to get the final ‘chapter’ so to speak for Allyson & Willem. Especially with the way both Just One Day and Just One Year end. I will agree with other reviewers that the use of third person pov was a little strange (whether that be because Forman is so adept with 1st or because it just wasn’t quite right) and I’m not sure I needed the ‘culmination’ of the relationship to be like it was (but I suppose I should have expected it). It tied up a lot of loose ends (Broodje’s tackle hug of Allyson was my favorite part) which I was grateful for, but it wasn’t as ‘ahhhhhh’ as the actual novels.
Rating: *** (out of 5)
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