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- Print Length: 48 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (May 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 29, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JJXV3OQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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THE SHORT OF IT: I didn’t necessarily NEED this novella because I was very satisfied with the way Just One Year ended but I’m glad I read it because I was curious how their reunion went and I wouldn’t pass that up ever! It was a quick novella that gave the perfect, realistic glimpse into their reunion night and brought them full circle as two people who changed a lot over the course of the year after their life changing encounter. Happy feelings for sure! Was worth the money even though I HATE buying novellas!
Here was my thought process when I first found out that Gayle Forman wrote the Just One Night novella:
1. OMG NEW WORDS FROM GAYLE FORMAN. I NEED.
2. I really don’t like buying novellas but FINE OKAY IT’S GAYLE.
3. But…I LOVED THE ENDING. It doesn’t need a novella to me. I have how it all goes down in my mind.
4. However, I won’t pass up more time with Allyson and Willem and company.
Here’s the thing: you either found the ending of Just One Year to be satisfying (like I did) or you were furious about how it ended with them opening the door and us not knowing what happens beyond that. I know so many people just wanted to know what happened (I totally did) and hated the fact that we watch them look for each other and we don’t get to see the “end results” so to speak. I totally get it but I felt differently (and I think in the minority?).
For me, the ending to Just One Year was perfect because, even though it was about THEM finding and losing and finding each other again, it was also mostly for me about them finding themselves in the first place. So, as much as I would have LOVED to see the happily ever after and all the nitty gritty details of their reunion, I was at a state of complete contentedness with the ending. It felt full circle and I saw two people who were changed by an encounter they had a year ago reunite as very different people. They lost each other but they had found themselves. And them being reunited, to me, was just this confirmation that taking risks and letting yourself become who you want to be by saying YES is life changing. But this is just my opinion and it’s probably TOTALLY biased because Just One Day changed my life. Literally. Like action was taken because of this book so that stuck with ME as I read Just One Year as well.
So now that we’ve talked about where I was with my feelings going INTO Just One Night(because that’s important)…let’s talk about Just One Night:
I really enjoyed it! I didn’t NEED it but it made me smile and honestly was kind of perfect. I can’t say a lot HAPPENED in it so if you are looking for some HUGE, dramatic fireworks-and-they-lived-happily-ever-afters kind of thing I didn’t see it as that (I mean, it’s a night) but it still gave me those happily ever after feels anyways because of everything they gained in the first place and the possibilities that there WERE for the future (especially as we learn in Just One Year about a potential job offer that would take Willem to the US). It complemented Just One Year nicely in the way it ends to be honest. It was quiet (okay, the sexual tension and FEELS was anything but quiet) but exciting and FULL of feelings and answers.
I was really pleased that it started from the exact second the door opened. Everything that happened seemed so realistic after that. The emotions and FEELINGS after all the longing and searching. The wanting to talk about everything they both had been through. The exuberance shared with friends who knew their journey to find each other. I LOVED watching them put the pieces together about how they found each other and how hard they searched. Everything that happened was exactly what I think would happen in that scenario. The whole night was the perfect kind of reunion and I loved that we were reunited with so many important characters that aided them to get where they were. I had lots of FEELINGS (happy ones) and I don’t want to give too much away but it was a really nice peek into what happened after the door opened and I was really pleased with it as someone who had already had a whole made-up reunion and thoughts of Allyson and Willem years down the road in my head immediately after I finished Just One Year.
All be warned: there will be spoilers.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this series in general but was so thrown by the ending (or lack of ending) in book two that I knew I had to pick this up regardless. Allyson and Willem never generated any warm fuzzies for me but I still wanted to see what happened to the two of them in the end. After finishing Just One Night I have to say, they (author? publisher? whoever made the call to publish this.) should have left well enough alone. The two get their happily ever after, but Just One Night only manages to showcase Allyson’s creepy stalker obsession with Willem (I’m sorry, but who travels the globe searching for a guy she spent a single day with?) and Willem’s creepy foot fetish. I’m not joking. Did he obsess about her feet in the other books? Because if he did I must have blocked that s*** out because, ew? For only 43 pages there were an obscene amount of foot comments. Here are several examples:
‘Allyson is sitting on the sofa, her sandals off, neatly placed under the coffee table. (The sight of her bare feet. What this is doing to Willem’s blood pressure. She might as well have taken off all her clothes.)’
‘It all feels like a dream and yet as natural as breathing. This is what you do. Put Allyson’s feet into your lap.’
‘They are on the stairs and she is under him and he’s got that wrist of hers in his mouth (finally!) but it’s not enough, he wants all of her (the feet!) [...]‘
“…Allyson is sitting next to him, and with everyone jammed at the table, she is right up close. And then she slips off her sandals under the table and sort of nuzzles her foot against his.
He loses his appetite, for food anyway.”
In addition to the creepy foot comments there was one ‘memorable’ scene in particular where Allyson was behind Willem on the bike he was riding and she decides to make out with his back, I guess since his mouth wasn’t available.
‘She can nuzzle against his back and lick his vertebra if she wants to. (She does, so she does.)’
‘Willem is just desperate for it to end. He is so full of wanting that it is painful and Allyson keeps lifting his shirt and licking his back, which she shouldn’t do while he’s riding a bike because he might pass out. (But she shouldn’t stop, either.)’
This is the fourth Gayle Forman book I’ve read yet was the poorest showcasing of her writing skills. The point of view was often unclear and would switch up at random without any section breaks resulting in a strange disjointed feel to this short tale. Plus, I’m not sure what was up with the strange sentences she decided belonged in parenthesis for no apparent reason.
Just One Night was intended to give fans the happily ever after that was lacking in Just One Year but it just didn’t do it for me. It failed to create emotional resonance I would have expected for two people that spent the past year searching for one another. Maybe it’s because I can’t look past the creepy feet comments or the fact that it seemed to be about nothing more than the two sleeping with each other. Maybe it’s because I never cared for their story or either one of their characters but I didn’t feel there was anything truly romantic about this love story.
Allison (aka Lulu) has finally tracked down Willem. How will their reunion go? What will the future hold for the two of them?
This novella was well done, it is actually kind of between short story and novella length. It basically lays out what happens when Allison and Willem reunite. It also lays out the groundwork for whether or not their relationship will actually work in the future.
There were really no surprises here. The book alternates (kind of randomly) between Allison and Willem’s point of view. I have mixed feelings about this novella. I liked how Forman handled both their reunion and the discussion of their future. However, I also kind of enjoyed having all that be up to my own imagination. That being said Forman wrote a “close” to this series that was exactly what I expected and what I imagined it would be.
Overall this was a decent close to the Just One Day series and does a good job wrapping up the major cliffhanger that Just One Year left us with. That being said I kind of enjoyed how Just One Year left things to the readers imagination and actually thought that was a decent way for that series to wrap up. This novella pretty much goes exactly how you would hope and imagine it would. The jumping between Allison and Willem was a bit sloppy but it was nice to hear from both points of view. I would recommend reading if you are a huge fan of this series and really felt let down by the cliffhanger at the end of Just One Year.