I loved Just One Day so much and now I am enjoying the read along for Just One Year with Brittany over at The Book Addict’s Guide! This book is so good so far and I like seeing Willem’s POV on everything that happened. I didn’t get to do week 1 questions on week 1, so here are both week 1 and 2 questions!
1. We know from JUST ONE DAY how Allyson and Willem initially got permanently separated, but in JUST ONE YEAR, we get to see Willem’s story of this situation. Did this change how you initially felt in JUST ONE DAY? Did your opinions of Willem from JUST ONE DAY start changing by seeing his side of the story?
I knew that something was going to be up, that he didn’t just abandon her. Initially, when he first disappeared, I was really mad at him, then we find out, it wasn’t his fault. So going into Just One Year, I had already forgiven him and just wanted to know his feelings and how he dealt with the coming year. I definitely liked seeing how panicked he was and wanted to get back to Allyson so much when he was stuck at the hospital, it showed he really cared.
2. A common theme in both JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR is double happiness. Besides the Chinese symbols, what sort of significance do you think it holds for our two main characters? Do you think there’s a deeper meaning?
There’s so much to double happiness! In a bunch of different ways. Two people finding happiness, finding happiness in romance and in life, happiness in another and themselves, just so many ways that double happiness comes into play and so many meanings!
3. Along with Willem’s POV, we also get to get to see a bit more into Celine’s character. Did you feel any different about her reactions towards Willem? Towards Allyson?
No, I felt no different. I don’t like her a whole lot because she really isn’t a nice person. She is jealous and spiteful and I still feel that way. Just because she doesn’t get Willem, that doesn’t give her an excuse to be rude to Allyson and send her over to crazy Ana Lucia’s to basically be nearly mauled. I can understand her wanting to be mean or rude to Willem because of how he is with girls, but not Allyson. I was really glad when he left Celine’s.
4. Willem’s life has been surrounded by and filled with “accidents”, even going back to the story of how his parents met. Do you think this affected his view on life? How he feels about meeting Allyson?
Oh of course! He seems to be such a go where the wind blow you kind of person, and when accidents happen, they must mean something. And when he ran into Allyson by accident, more than once, it was something that really stuck out to him.
5. All of the chances and accidents we see in this series brings up the idea of chance versus action & intention. Do you think Fate exists?
I do, to an extent. I think everything happens for a reason, but also, we make also choices in our lives that lead up to those things that happen. Life isn’t a sit in the backseat and let fate drive kind of thing, you are the one driving and when fate brings you to a crazy fork, you are the one that decides which way to go!
1. First off, how much did Willem’s time in Mexico KILL YOU? Have you ever had close run-in situations or actual run-in situations with someone you knew far away from home?
I wanted to hit him upside his head soooo many times! I was nearly screaming at the book “SHE’S RIGHT THERE!!” He came so close so many times and it tore my nerves up. I can’t say with certainty that I have had any close run-in situations that I can think of. I did see somebody I work with when I went to Charleston, but that is in the same state, though on the other side of it, but never farther from home than that.
2. Kate told Willem, “Nothing happens without intention” and she also said, “This theory of yours — life is ruled by accident — isn’t that just one huge excuse for passivity?” Do you think she’s on to something there?
Yeah, I do. Instead of taking control and making choices, he lets the accidents take blame for things. He doesn’t like break ups, either, so it is a good excuse when it comes to that kind of thing. She opens his eyes to that, so hopefully now he will start to control his life and go for what he wants.
3. Marjolein said that Willem is like his mother after packing up his bags. He says that he’s not. Which do you think is more accurate knowing what we now know about his mom?
I’d say he is like his mom, they way he likes to leave, especially when things get hard. I don’t think he really wants to see it and is denying it. I know he is very angry at his mother and doesn’t want to feel like he is like her.
4. What do you think of Willem’s relationship with his mother? He feels like they’re not speaking the same language. Do you think that either one of them specifically are at fault?
I think it’s a little of both. Both of them could make a better effort to be there for each other. They are handling a very rough time, in similar ways I might add, and I feel bad that he is so angry with his mom and they don’t really talk right now. I come from a very close family and couldn’t imagine being so mad at my mom.
5. We learned a lot about Willem’s history in this section of chapters and we see how rapidly Willem’s life has changed in just the past few years. Even though he’s pretty much an adult at this point, why do you think the absence of his parents hit him so hard?
His parents were always there for him, and they had a great impact on his life, especially because of the happy accidents. But, then, now his dad is gone forever and his mother is in India, definitely no happy accident. The death of a parent can devastate anybody, no matter how old you are. And not only does he have to handle that, but then his mother sold their home and left for India, so I’m sure he feels abandoned on top of it all.