This is the companion novel to Just One Day, which is from the perspective from of Willem. The novel begins when Willem wakes up from the hospital, and it shares the adventures of his yearlong search for his Lulu.
If you haven’t read the first one, I would definitely suggest doing that first. (By the way, I loved the first novel, and I did a review here.) If none of this makes sense, basically wanted happened is that two teenagers bumped into each other in Europe and ended up spending one day together in Paris. They make a real connection, but circumstances cause them to end up on two different continents. This novel picks up from that point but from the male perspective.
As I mentioned, I loved the first book, and I couldn’t put it down. So, I was eager to read this one, especially after not having such a great experience with the last book I read. But, I was disappointed. I was not very interested in hearing Willem’s story. It seemed that a lot of the year was a waste of time to share, and it did not capture my interest. The ending was good, but I ended up skimming after awhile because I didn’t have much motivation to finish the book.
Maybe I’ll have better luck next month? Third time’s the charm?
P.S. If you didn’t know, I’ve made a goal for myself to read one book a month. This is the second book I’ve read so far. My January book was John Green’s novel Paper Towns, and you can read my review here.