“Part of me knows one more day won’t do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”
Traveling. This book is all about finding love while traveling. Being in love while you're in the journey of your life. It felt like I was traveling with "Lulu" and Willem as I read the book. I was in love with Forman's writing! I did not just fall in love with it, I loved it. And with every new adult book out there, I say this is the best. During and after reading this book, I may consider doing a spontaneous travel once I can afford it and meet strangers along the way just like what Allyson and Willem did. And I just felt the need to point out that if you are an awesome writer, you need not write in intricate details the part of how they made love, making it look like a porno and making the readers hot and horny in order to show them how they express their love for each other. Sometimes, less is enough and more heartfelt, and that is what exactly Forman did that made me respect this book on another level. Just. Perfect. :") and you know what amazes me more? I usually love my romances sweet yet slow. I hate that love at first sight shenanigans everyone is so googly-eyed about. But with this book it didn't matter if it was just for one day because I felt how genuine the love was. And this I think is the perfect depiction of love at first sight. But then on to the end of part one and the second part of the book, I didn't think my heart could get this broken. Like really broken, pieces of it scatted everywhere. I feel as lost as Allyson. I mean, yeah it was a one night stand but doesn't anyone get it? It's Paris!! And no matter how impossible it may seem, with love there is nothing impossible. Cheesy right? But as I said, I feel the genuineness of their love. It is indeed the one stain that won't come off. Something that I know even Willem is crazy thinking about for a year. And the anticipation of when and where they will bump into each other next is killing me because I think when they meet again, the sight of Willem will break Allyson's heart. This part was the most heartbreaking. She had no one. Because no one simply understands as her heart shrivels into nothingness. But the moment she found Dee I can't help but feel relived for Allyson because finally, FINALLY someone who can understand came. And then slowly she finds friendship in Kali and Jenn too and I can't stop beaming like a proud momma because finally Allyson is learning to branch out and make friends!
On to her journey back Paris my heart swelled with so much hope everytime she comes up with a lead and then get disappointed when she would meet a dead end. That moment when she FINALLY found him, the moment when they were finally face to face I was crying and bawling my eyes out anticipating but then I met my own dead end. The book ended. And that is cruel Ms. Forman. Just really cruel :(
Maybe for some realists this book is full of crap. For them who don't believe in happily ever afters, princesses, love at first sight and spontaneity, this book may come off as absurd. But for people like us, who believe and hope, this book is a treasure. This book is MAGNIFIQUE :) and as quoted in the book "..the world was full of nothing but possibility." telling us that once upon a time we must let ourselves go and believe how powerful love can be. Haters can hate, but for lovesick fools and hopeful romantics like me, Forman was able to make me swoon, fall in love, be in love, get heartbroken, be frustrated, feel lost and then found and just felt about every emotion I mustered from reading this book.
And I am DYING... really DYING to get my hands on Just One Year. And now after doing this review, I'm on the mission of finding out whether the ARCs for this book is available for request and right now at this moment, I am DESPERATE to find out what's going to happen. WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO ME. WHYYY.