book review

One Day by David Nicholls

one-dayTitle: One Day

Author: David Nicholls

Published by: Hodder & Stoughton

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.

Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Twenty years, two people, one day.

My thoughts:

This is the first time that I will share my thoughts on a book I read, so bear with me. I came across this book, One Day, from the French library I signed up to. (Sadly, there’s not a lot of English books to choose from). It is the first book of David Nicholls that I read and I can’t wait to read the next.

One Day is about the lives of Emma and Dexter, following their meeting at that eventful day of July 15, 1988, their graduation day. Each chapter revealed glimpses of each other’s lives year after year of the same date, July 15, in the course of 20 years. From their career choices to their romantic relationships. It shows how opposite characters forms an unlikely friendship and manage to stick to it despite their differences and issues, though I can’t tell how the friendship was so special. Maybe because of their obvious attraction that they can’t seem to convey to each other. 

It started okay and after few chapters, get a bit frustrating. Dexter frustrates me. I don’t know if I will like him or hate him. But it is what I like about this novel, that Dex is so flawed you want to know if he will ever change, and hoping that he will. Even Em can be a bit annoying with her whining but it’s tolerable. The characters and story are realistic enough that I root for both Dex and Em. I feel their pain and disappointments and feel the happiness for their successes. That being said, it makes me laugh and cry, as it is well written despite the slow start. I like how Nicholls focused on just one day describing where they are in life on that same day, every year. It is such a unique concept that you can see how the characters grow in the span of 20 years.

It took me a while to finish the book but in the end, I still like it. Maybe because of the surprising ending and I’m a sucker for such endings as The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is by far one of my favorite books. Overall it is a pretty good book – funny, endearing, annoying, frustrating and sad.

RATING: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


(*Synopsis and photos courtesy of Goodreads)

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