Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Just One Year is the story of how a caddish and seemingly uncaring young man with a never-ending string of suitors finally grows up and begins to take responsibility for himself. Contrasting with Allyson's journey in Just One Day where she learns to enjoy life and to live for the moment, Willem learns to acknowledge his feelings and to take a little responsibility for his future, instead of just expecting to drift through life. Of course, there's a lot of fun and some adventures along the way--I laughed out loud at the part where Willem unexpectedly gains an important role in a Bollywood film, and I got a little teary when I discovered Willem and Allyson's near miss in Mexico. I also appreciated author Gayle Forman's attention to detail--it's rare for an American author to acknowledge details like just how passionate the people of India are about cricket, and the excruciating boredom that comes from listening to a game of cricket being broadcast on the radio.
The perfect companion novel to Just One Day.