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!
I know you all think Allyson goes to Harvard. I suppose it’s the default for Good, Hard School Near Boston. But no, it never occurred to me that she’d be at Harvard. Allyson is smart, smarter than she knows, but the Allyson who applied to college—the AP automaton—I don’t think she’d get into Harvard, legacy or not.
I actually chose another Boston-adjacent school to base Allyson’s college on. It’s big enough, and academically challenging, one of the best in the country, if not tippy-top-tier Ivy League. And while I didn’t name it, for the same reasons I didn't name her specific hometown, I struck fairly strictly to the school’s geography—close enough to the Charles to run there—its schedule—with breaks and reading weeks before finals—and class offerings—most of the classes Allyson—were grabbed from the course listings. I’m not entirely sure why I do this, obsess about accuracies when I’m fictionalizing a college, in a novel. But this is me.
The only thing that is pure fantasy is Allyson’s Shakespeare Out Loud class, and its teacher: Professor Glenny. If any of you happen to find him, teaching at any school, anywhere, do let me know. I will be up front, auditing his class, “I love you” scrawled over my eyelids like that swoony coed in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Just One Year Synopsis
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.
About Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman (www.gayleforman.com) is an award-winning, international bestselling author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of the companion title Just One Day, as well as New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went, and Sisters in Sanity (HarperTeen). Follow Gayle on Twitter @gayleforman.
Follow the Just One Year blog tour to see all of Gayle’s posts!
9/2: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
9/4: The Compulsive Reader
9/6: Alice Marvels
9/11: The Flyleaf Review
9/13: The Young Folks
9/16: The Story Siren
9/20: Books With Bite
9/25: Once Upon a Twilight
9/27: Me, My Shelf, and I