• 14th September
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  • 14th September
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Book review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

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Synopsis: 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… [Goodreads]

Verdict: Just like with If I Stay and Where She went Gayle Forman wrote dual books. In Just One Day we followed Alyson and in Just One Year we’re following Willem. He’s been lost for a while, but only realizes that when he loses Lulu.

Willem goes back to the Netherlands and like Allyson it takes a while before he starts looking. He goes to Paris, Cancun and India. I enjoyed the chapters in India the most. With the exception of the Netherlands I’m the most familiar with that. Gradually William discovers more and more about his family and the reader discovers more about that one day in Paris.

I had a little trouble getting into the story because of the following reasons. The first: I read a spoiler that said Just One Year ends exactly where Just One Day had ended and this worked demotivating. It turned out to be a false spoiler too.
The second is that I didn’t like Willem so much. It starts with his name. I understand that Gayle wanted a typical Dutch name, but Willem is too old fashioned for my taste. Also, I found him quite the player. The story is written in a way that did made me change my opinion about him, so that’s a good thing. And eventually I did read the final 200 pages the same afternoon.

There’s a short story called Just One Night. I’d love to know more about Alyson and Willem’s future plans but it’s only available as an e-book and I don’t own an e-reader so that’s a shame.


Quote: “Bravery was doing something dangerous without thinking. Courage was walking into danger, knowing full well the risks.”

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  • 13th September
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YA MEME → 5/10 series or books: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

(via bookeuphoria)

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    2014
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