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 highly anticipated Just One Year by Gayle Forman
after reading its pre companion, Just One Day. It drove me insane to find out
what happened to Willem and if he shared the craving that Allyson had for their
happenstance to be something more permanent- like a "stain." Don't
let me down Willem. Don't let me down.
J O Y was written in Willem’s POV. We were able to distinguish
the mystery that made up his being and his perspective of that fateful one day
and the events throughout the year until Allyson finally had found him.
'Accident - how I found her. Accident
- how I lost her.’
Willem was a character I begged to be acquainted with. He made me ask so many
personal questions about him while I’d read. What made up his thought process?
What was he running away from? Did he even try to find Allyson? Was he confused
or in denial, maybe both? Is he a player? Did he hide behind some facade? Is he
scared to love someone? Thankfully, my questions were answered throughout the
read. Plus answers to questions I’d never thought to have asked, that needed to
What I’ve mostly gathered about Will and his behavior
was he had freedom, but elements of endearment and a nurturing that all children
should have, was missing along with loss. Which, resulted to one single,
challenging word. COMMITMENT
While I thoroughly enjoyed the read, I did find
myself disappointed in some of Willem's actions. After all, Gayle Forman is
going to give us a realistic character with suaveness and faults, right? I felt
like Will continued to settle while his mind continued to race about "LuLu."
It was kind of a turn off to see Willem turn to other girls when he was so hung up over another one. But I mean, in sucky reality, that's just what boys do. So many times fate seemed like it tried to steer him in the right path, only it
would collide, ugh!! You’d know this and recognize these directions from the
settings in book 1, how fate is certainty. He travelled to that fork in the
road. He took the wrong turn, but with the help of friends, he detoured and he
found the way- well actually the direction found him, 'because you find things when you aren't looking for them'. There
had been so many bumps in the road along the way in this read. I almost even
ripped a page!! But fate, freed Will.
I was glad that Willem had Broodje, Prateek, Kate (I liked her- girl kept it
real with her reality checks—something Willem definitely needed) and friends. They
were great confidants and helped him to try and locate the target - the ‘Principle
of Connectivity’ can have some profound leads.
There was a flaw in my eyes in Just One Year. The
end. I mean, it definitely had the closure I was hoping for, just not enough. I
wish it had been elaborated more. More interaction between Willem and Allyson.
I waited the whole book, actually two books, to have this dynamic rekindling
moment. However, it did not by any means ruin this book for me.
It wasn’t surprising and is EXPECTED that Gayle Forman's writing bears so much
sentiment and so many inspirational words. ‘
There’s a difference between losing something you knew you had
and losing something you discovered you had. One is disappointment. The other
is truly a loss.'
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Monday, March 10, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Samantha Hall needs a fresh start
Broken hearted and alone in a new city, Samantha begins to build a new life for herself while working as a bartender. Focusing on her new friends and rebuilding her broken life, Samantha is content.
Until she meets him – attorney by day and a cocky, foul mouth playboy by night.
All girls want Slade Long, but not one has ever been able to keep his attention for long. Having a different woman in his bed every night is how he prefers it-no emotion, no connection.
Until he meets her - an angel with the sweetest voice he has ever heard and the most enticing green eyes. Samantha makes him second guess his actions and has him wanting something he didn’t know existed. How can a man who has never been in love, be so sure? Can real love happen this fast?
Burned by her past, Samantha struggles to keep up with the overwhelming passion she feels for Slade. She knows that he will be nothing but trouble to her already fragile heart, but how long can she continue to deny the love that she feels for him?
Will Samantha let Slade prove his love is real, or will she push him away?
She thought she knew love……
He thought he never wanted love…..
Together they will show each other what they can’t live without.
Grief. How do you survive the loss of a mother you thought didn't love you...until it was too late?
Forgiveness. How do you forgive the person who hurt you the most?
Fear. How do you survive the person who won’t let you go?
Jealousy. How can your heart continue to trust the person you thought you knew?
Betrayal. How many secrets are too many?
Lust. How can you say no, when your body screams yes?
Passion. How can you deny a love that has no boundaries?
Slade and Samantha's story continues...
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …
He sure could kiss.
As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.
So that can only mean one thing: road trip!
No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.
She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?
After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.
Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.
Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.
I fell in love with the Onslow boys immediately in The Boys of Summer, and I can't seem to keep my hands off every time C.J. Duggan releases another book in this series. My favorite character? CHRIS HENDERSON! He's always been so elusive and mysterious with his serious manner and mother-hen-like approach to all the others in the group. So when I realized that the next book in the series was going to center around Chris, I about flipped my lid.
As usual, That One Summer is told through the eyes of the female character; in this case Tammy Maskala. Just like Chris, she's been somewhat of a mystery character within the series. So I was pretty excited to delve into her character as well. She's pretty mousy, and insecure and when you put Tammy and Chris in a van alone on a road trip... well, I wasn't sure what to expect.
These two characters were so perfect together! Duggan did a wonderful job bringing both of them to life and making them and their interactions realistic. In fact, she excels at this in all her books. Through a multitude of misunderstandings, insecurities, and mishaps the relationship between these two overly serious, yet still fun-loving characters grows beautifully.
If you've read the other books in this serious, you will fall in love with this Onslow boy just as much as the rest. Even more so! If you haven't read The Boys of Summer and An Endless Summer (Books 1 & 2), I highly recommend them. These books are amazing coming-of-age stories filled with humor, love and growth. You'll watch both the characters and their relationships develop before your eyes and you fall more and more in love with the Onslow boys and the girls who love them with every turn of the page.
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About the Author
C.J Duggan is a Number One Best Selling Australian Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful Mature Young Adult Romance Series.
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