4 March 2012

Book Ramble/Review - 'One Day'

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So I finally got around to finishing One Day by David Nicholls last night (a good couple of months later but at long last!). I must say I was genuinely surprised on how much I enjoyed this book. One Day focuses on the lives of two very different people, Emma and Dexter, who meet in their early 20s on the night of their graduation. The story effectively is of their lives and their friendship with one another. As the blurb says it's "Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY". Some people have described this as a chick lit book and I suppose in some ways it is, but it's definitely not predictable. I think it's heart warming, honest and quite touching. The characters of Emma and Dexter are easy to relate to. 

One Day begins on the 15th July 1988, and each chapter takes place on this date but a year ahead each time. The thing I like the most about this book, aside from the story overall, is how the story of these two people can make you feel so many different emotions. This isn't surprising as it does follow Emma and Dexter's life over a 20 year span, so it's only natural I'm just glad that the characters and their lives and experiences are easy to relate to. There's nothing worse when you're reading a story about characters that aren't believable and where everything is perfect, it's just unrealistic. I know some people like this, but it's not for me.

Overall, I feel that this book is well written and tells an honest but endearing story about two people and their lives. It's an unconventional love story and I'm glad I picked this up. I don't want to delve in to that much detail, I'm not one for spoiling story lines but I do recommend this book. If you've read it, what did you think? They have also made a movie adaption of this book, quite recently actually. If you'd like to know more about the book or movie then click here.

A few quotes taken from One Day;

"This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today"   

"A moment passed, perhaps half a second when their faces said what they felt, and then Emma was smiling, laughing, her arms around his neck"   

"Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it"

"You can't throw away years of your life because it makes a funny anecdote"    


  1. I loved this book and cried my eyes out at the end. The film just didn't compare though xx

    1. I loved it too, I really wasn't expecting the way it ended. Such a good book. Ah really... may have to give it a miss then xx


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