Published by Penguin on October 10th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The compelling companion title to the much-lauded Just One Day follows Willem's transformative journey toward self-discovery and true love, by the author of If I Stay.
Picking up where Just One Day ended, Just One Year tells Willem's side of the story. After spending an amazing day and night with Allyson in Paris that ends in separation, Willem and Allyson are both searching for one another. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.
SO. THIS BOOK. *breaks down crying* This book gave me a whole lot of feels. If you’ve read Just One Day, and felt mad at the guy, Willem, then you definitely have to read Just One Year, because this book explains the whole story from Willem’s point of view. It opens your eyes to the fact that there is more to the story than Willem moving on, as stated in the previous book.
What I absolutely loved about this book was that it focuses on what happened on that fateful night (or rather, the next day) when Willem didn’t return to the place where Allyson was at. The whole story was basically what Willem did once he realized that he lost this girl who he doesn’t even know her real name.
Willem has this thing where he always leave things up to fate, and after months and months of looking for this girl named Lulu, he was starting to think that maybe it was fated for them to never really see each other again. But throughout the whole journey, and meeting new people, he realized that maybe, just maybe it wasn’t always up to fate. Maybe he had a choice in this whole matter too.
This book didn’t make me cry as bad as I did for Just One Day, but it was heartbreaking too. Willem was not entirely at fault, but at the same time, a part of him was to be blamed. His character went through a lot of changes and realizations slowly, and he managed to help fix his own relationships with other people, other than just focusing on finding the girl.
If you think that Just One Day explained what happened, no, it doesn’t. You need to read this book to know that both parties wanted to same thing, and sometimes you have to really chase and work for what you want.
Go ahead, read it. You’ll fall in love with Willem, if you hadn’t already. 😉