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review 2016-02-09 20:01
Review: Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman
Just One Year - Gayle Forman

I don't want to show you the summary of this book, because it spoils everything for the first book. I did a review of that one (with a summary) as well, so klick here for the summary and review.

 

My opinion:

I finished it last week and didn't know if I should even do a review about it, but I decided today that I should just do it haha.

This book was really good as well. I loved the Dutch references because they were so relevant and actually true facts. It was a nice addition to the first novel. I also really liked the travel aspects and how he goes everywhere he wants (that reminds me of a friend of mine haha). However, I felt like this book didn't have those dark aspects as the first book.

I also agree that this book would have been much better if the #2.5 novella would have been in this book, because that made the story just way much better (this is a duology, so it would have been way much better if the conclusion was in this novel and not in the novella).

 

It's still worth the read and I was wrong with my debate if I should read it or not. If you liked Just One Day, then read Just One Year As well.

 

Are you going to read this series?

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text 2016-02-02 15:20
My reading plans for this week (tbr)

I've decided to read three books this week. All of them are relatively short and I have no home-/studywork and not so long school, so I really think I can manage that. My plan is to read them from yesterday 'till sunday. These are the books I want to read this week:

Just One Year - Gayle FormanFairest - Marissa MeyerEverything Leads to You - Nina LaCour

- Just One Yar (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman

Fairest (Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer

- Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

 

I have Just One Year and Fairest only on my Ipad, so that's why I don't have a physical picture here haha. I already started Just One Year yesterday and I'm alreadt almost halfway through. I love the Dutch stuff Gayle put in here and it's quite relative as well. It's not the best book that's out there, but still very enjoyable.

 

What are your reading plans for this week?

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review 2016-01-04 15:51
Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Just One Year - Gayle Forman

As soon as I finished Just one Day I moved straight onto this, the second in the series. In the past I’ve never been one for book series but I liked how this one worked in that it wasn’t a continuation of the story from the previous protagonist, Allyson’s, perspective. This book was instead told by Willem, the other half of the couple in Just One Day. I wasn’t uber-enthusiastic when I discovered it was basically a repackaged version of the same story, only told from a slightly different perspective. I thought this would make for a boring read, seeing as how I knew how everything turned out. I’ve never read something done in this way before and even though I knew how everything turned out and there wasn’t the same level of anticipation I’d had in the first book, I still enjoyed it, possibly even a bit more than the first because I liked Willem more than Allyson. If you’re planning to read the first book I wouldn’t read on because there night be a few spoilers. You’ve been warned!

 

At the end of Just One Day Allyson had finally found Willem after quite an extensive search, so I knew that Willem didn’t end up finding her, but I was still interested to know how he’d spent the intervening year. As it turned out, he spent the year they were apart in the same way as she did: thinking and looking for their counterpart.

 

Again the narrative spanned a large geographical area as Willem searched for Allyson, saw his mother and tried to get on with his life. There was Paris, Holland, Mexico, India and finally Holland again.

 

Willem was a pretty standard protagonist, but took on more dexterity when he visited his mother in India, who he has a strained relationship with. Most of Willem’s character was confined to his perspective on Allyson, so it definitely provided more depth when he was faced with other challenges, such as his mother.

 

In a lot of ways this book mirrored the last and felt very similar, in that both Allyson and Willem had difficulties in current time relationships while also looking for each other, the perfect relationship. The underlying theme was that their focus on each other, even at a distance, helped to rectify their present time problems. As I’m usually a little pessimistic, this idea seemed a bit naive to me, like love conquers all, but heh, I’m trying to be more open to these things.

 

The reason I liked this book more than the last is that this book felt a little more expansive. It covered more area geographically and generally felt more colourful or something than its predecessor. Willem was an actor and him starring in Bollywood and then a Shakespearian play in Holland gave the narrative a bit more life than Just One Day.

 

If there’s another book coming out I’ll definitely read it because I really want to know how things turn out for Allyson and Willem. Apart from that though, nothing earth shattering but a fun read regardless.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-01-02 22:43
Just One Year de Gayle Forman
Just One Year - Gayle Forman

Al igual que Just One Day, luego del encuentro entre Willem y Allyson en Inglaterra, seguido por Paris, toca ver qué ocurrió con nuestro protagonista masculino hasta el reencuentro. El año de Willem varía mucho del de Allyson, viajando a lugares exóticos, conociendo todo tipo de gente y viviendo ciertas aventuras, desde India hasta México, descubriendo sueños y realizándolos con increíble sencillez.

 

¿Puede un libro arruinar la opinión de otro? Es un problema con el que me he encontrado luego de leer Just One Year, no por el horror de lo leído (no es un mal libro) sino porque destapa varias de las carencias de la autora, que pueden verse en menor medida en sus otros libros.

 

El viaje de Willem no se define por Lulú, por olvidarla o buscarla, aunque la historia quiera dar esa idea. Se fuerza el argumento para llevar a lugares exóticos  y crear momentos interesantes, se agregan momentos innecesarios solo para agregar una falsa tensión (el no-encuentro de los personajes en México), pero sobre todo el personaje principal carece de carisma o crecimiento, y los mayores problemas recaen en él y el tratamiento que se le da a través de la historia.

 

Primeramente, tenemos que la gran suerte y privilegio de Willem se encuentra en todo el texto, logra viajar a donde quiere cuando quiere, conocer gente nueva e interesante y vivir aventuras. Logra incluso entrar en una industria extranjera por suerte y habilidades apenas llegado al país, gracias a su talento. Más que inverosímil, resulta insultante escribir este evento como una muestra del carácter de Willem, de sus capacidades, cuando solo es una muestra de la historia buscando excusas para que el personaje viva aventuras y esconda la falta de un desarrollo personal.

 

Hay una idea interesante que busca darse con el temor al compromiso de Willem, medianamente relacionado con la tensa relación con su madre y el pasado de sus padres, así como el paralelo con Lulú. No aporta mucho en la historia más que momentos de reflexión, de respiro, con ciertas filosofías superficiales que no impactan la historia y no profundizan el personaje o la lectura.

 

Y luego está la parte más subjetiva de la reseña. Willem viaja a Amsterdam y vuelve con su exnovia, aun cuando no puede olvidar a Allyson. Willem viaja a India y se acuesta con una conocida aunque no puede olvidar a Allyson. Los sentimientos de nuestro protagonista no impiden que conozca y se relacione con otras personas, y ninguna de las otras mujeres es tratada con respeto por él como narrador. Ana Lucía es tratada de manera horrible por buscar una relación con él, de manera apresurada sí, pero sin una respuesta que no sea pasiva. Solo sigue la corriente mientras es conveniente, y debemos sentir que ella es irracional. Con Celine pasa algo parecido, donde Willem no ve problema en presentar a Lulú y actuar como si el pasado entre ellos no fuera relevante; es una gran falta de tacto y de respeto. La chica de India, cuyo nombre ni puedo recordar, no es más que un paréntesis en la historia, donde luego agrega con cierta amargura que ella no parecía interesada en él más que para pasar el rato. Hay un patrón en el comportamiento de Willem con todas las mujeres que se encuentra y que son pasados o presentes románticos, sobre todo por una ausencia de compasión ya que él es muy consciente que no olvida a Lulú.

 

Esto se agrava cuando vemos la diferencia con el año de Allyson, quien sufre de una manera más profunda y externa, y no se permite conectar con nadie más mientras busca ser autosuficiente. No es malo este desarrollo, pero cae en el clásico cliché de la diferencia entre géneros, el pase libre que se le da a Willem de navegar entre diferentes escenarios románticos mientras Allyson espera. Y el que la progresión de ella termine siendo regresiva en el final del primer libro no ayuda al caso.

 

La prosa fluye como se espera de Forman, pero poco a poco los argumentos, los giros narrativos, los personajes y las situaciones van volviéndose más tópicas y predecibles, lo que decepciona y no me permite personalmente darle una nota satisfactoria.

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review 2016-01-01 03:06
Just One Year
Just One Year - Gayle Forman

I feel the same about this book as a do as the first. I liked parts of it while other parts seemed to drag. I would like to read the third book since I have read the first two. Mixed feelings once again.

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