Today is a pretty special day and I’m super excited to be a host on the Just One Year blog tour! Just One Day was my first time experiencing the magic that is Gayle Forman and I’m so hooked. I had no idea her writing would bring out so many FEELS. I must confess, my body was not ready. But now that I’m reading Just One Year, I have come prepared with my Gayle Forman Feels Routine.
While I attempt to keep my feels under control, check out Gayle’s guest post and then enter for a chance to win my ARC of Just One Year (tissues not included)!
Welcome to the Just One Year blog tour! After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Allyson’s journey in Just One Day ended. In honor of the world-spanning romance, we asked author Gayle Forman to share her memories for 12 different cities, each of which is featured in either Just One Day or Just One Year (or both!). Follow along on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout September as Gayle tells her story in anticipation of the October release of Just One Year!
Gayle’s Guest Post
London does not get a lot of time in Just One Day and Just One Year, you will notice. Into the train station and back out again. Here’s a secret. I don’t love London. *Pause now for screams and thrown tomatoes, which of course, you are pronouncing, tomahhtoes.* But it’s true. I don’t. I lived in England for a year and before I got there, I obsessed about London—birthplace of punk rock and cool fashion and all my favorite bands. But once I actually spent time there, it was like, meh. Big. Sprawling. Expensive. The Tube sucks, and it stops running at midnight. And there’s good weather for about two weeks a year. I’ve spent months in London, and my opinion has never improved. In fact, after spending time and living in other cities—Amsterdam, New York, Mumbai—it’s only affirmed the fact that to me, London is Just Okay. Seriously, you can stop throwing tomatoes now. I have enough to make sauce.
But while I don’t love London, I do love Londoners—Brits, in general, but especially Londoners. Maybe it’s the bad weather or the bad food (and I know, I know, it’s not as bad as it was when I lived there, gray meat and boiled veg) but no one has a sense of humor as sharp and sarcastic as the English. I am pretty certain that the years I lived in the UK were the years I developed my own sense of humor, learned teasing and jibing as a form of love (a lesson I’m imparting to my children. Every time my 9-year-old has to explain to my 5-year-old that Mommy is being “sarcastic,” I think back to my time in England.)
So London may not figure prominently in the books, the Brits, they bloody well represent.
Follow the rest of the Just One Year blog tour:
9/6: Alice Marvels
9/11: The Flyleaf Review
9/13: The Young Folks
9/16: The Story Siren
9/20: Books With Bite
9/23: Forever Young Adult
9/25: Once Upon a Twilight
9/27: Me, My Shelf, and I
Don’t forget to check out Just One Year, available October 10th!
After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.
I am giving away my ARC of Just One Year to one lucky reader! And since Just One Year takes place in a setting internationally from me, it’s only fitting that this giveaway also be international. 😉
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