Just One Day Duology #2
Published by Speak on September 30, 2014
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 …
My ReviewNo doubt, this is a beautiful novel and Gayle Forman lets her story sound very harmonic with that language smooth as silk and that hint of melancholy in it.
The change of perspective does something additional to it and so this second book is a wonderful reading pleasure for every fan of the author or Alysson and Willem.
Willem´s journey is very emotional, unravels secrets and things he never knew from his family, shows him why some things are the way they are and bit by bit he learns that whatever he had on that special day with her – she is his destiny.
Gayle Forman has a clear, sometimes very poetic writing style and uses words like a music composer notes. It is kind of the same story as in book one, but completely different and still the reader goes through every up and down that Willem is experiencing on his search for Lulu. And what an end this book provides!
And though Lulu aka Alysson doesn´t show up in all the scenes, she is still very present in the story. Willem is thinking a lot about her, hears things nobody else hears and has a fantastic feeling in which direction to turn – always hoping to find her.
The author shows a lot of different figures in this novel, shows that not everything is the way it seems at first sight and that when you follow your heart you will find things on the other end that can be quite surprising.
Yael, Willem´s mother, is a woman I wouldn´t call a caring one. She keeps her distance, treats her son as if he would be a stranger and shows no real sign of any affection she could possible care inside herself for him. It takes the reader some time to understand that Willem is his father too similar, looks way too much like him and that exactly that is the reason why she needs to keep him at arm length – it is simply too painful for her to look at him or have him around her.
*I´ve read the German edition new release by Fischer FJB on March 22, 2016.
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.