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Book Review: One Day

One DayTitle: One Day
Author: David Nicholls

Rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars

Description: Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

Review: First point that needs to be made is that I’m writing this review right after wiping tears from my eyes. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I am absolutely in love with Em and Dex. Dex and Em. For those who are not familiar, this is a love story. But what’s different about this one begins with the way that it is divided into sections. We have our leading woman and man and this book shows us a peek of one day every year over the course of 20 years. Sometimes they are together, sometimes they’re apart.

Loving the unconventional concept, I picked up the book but was a bit unsure if I would actually like it. But the more I read, the more I fell in love. This was a story about friendship and love — but it was so refreshing, it was a realistic relationship between two people and the ups and downs that are encountered along the way. Missed opportunities, things that were left unsaid, what-ifs, should have-would have-could have. The kind of events that would occur in every day life without the fluff and cheesiness. It had the right amount of sentiments in it that naturally meant a lot. It’s the little things that count and I think David Nicholls embodied exactly that in his novel as he tells a story about these two characters.

I really cannot say more about this but I urge you to go to your bookstore and pick up a copy. You won’t regret it. I trust that you will be able to find at least part of this book that you will absolutely love. It’s not just a story about love, but a story about going down a path, growing up, and the moments in between. The ending was perfect. Absolutely the perfect way to end the journey of these two characters for the reader.

Favorite Quotes:

  • Sometimes she thinks how nice it would be to be woken by a call in the night: ‘get in a taxi now’ or ’ I need to see you, we need to talk’. But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel – independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic.
  • What are you going to do with your life?” In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer… “Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.

– Jane

P.S. Goodreads is hosting a One Day Summer Reads Sweepstake. Check it out and complete the list to get yourself pumped up for the movie and a possible chance to win a Kindle! Note that I’m extremely excited for the movie and I can’t wait to see how it plays out on screen. Expect to see a movie review once the movie comes out.


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