“Read it in print, I swear! The first is better but it’s a solid read if you have the right format.”
Reading her comment made me rethink: yeesh, maybe the audiobook really just doesn’t work with Just One Year. I had been struggling with getting the European names of people that Willem surrounds himself with, so I thought maybe I would take Grace’s advice and read it in print, just to see if I’ll feel more connected to the story if I can get the names straight.
And connect I did. Immediately continuing the book in print made the story feel so much more tangible. If anything, I connected with Willem and understood his thoughts more clearly; it was like a blurry veil had been lifted upon reading Just One Year in print. I finished the book, and was left breathless. I enjoyed Just One Year more than its predecessor.
This is where I thank Grace for pushing me to give Just One Year another shot. If I had completely DNFed it, I would have missed out on Forman’s gorgeous prose, the closure between Willem and Allyson, and the lessons Willem learns as he trots the globe from Europe to Mexico to India and back. Willem’s story, upon finishing it, resonated with me more so than Allyson’s in Just One Day.
So I guess what I’m trying to say here is to give books a second chance. Some books you may want to give a second chance after a week, or a month, or in my case, in a different format. I love audiobooks to death, but in the case of Just One Year, it didn’t work. Sometimes all it takes is to see it in print and physically in front of you, to see the words run from line to line. But it can go either way: the print version isn’t working out? Try the audiobook. Sometimes all it takes is having a human voice read it to you out loud.
So, thank you Grace. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to view reading in a whole different perspective.