Thursday, 9 August 2012

Review: One Day by David Nicholls

The story begins on St Swithin's day 15th July 1988. Dexter and Emma having graduated, spend the night together. However Dexter starts off thinking purely how he can leave Emma without ever having to see her again, but as the night progresses and nothing sexual actually happens between them, they begin to talk about themselves, about their futures and so the friendship begins. Each chapter focuses on that same day each year for twenty years. Their friendship becomes closer and closer during this time, and they each go through major upheaval in their own lives, with jobs, partners and life in general. 

The annoying part of this book is that there were times when I didn't like either character. Dexter took Emma for granted. Emma whines a lot. However you can't help but root for them, and want them to get their act together and admit the way they feel for each other. It becomes painfully clear early on in the novel that Emma has feelings for Dexter, and he seems to have feelings for her also, but not as willing to admit them to himself as she is. Life always seems to keep them apart, which is frustrating for the reader, however would we really do anything differently?

It's a book which is un-put-downable until you reach the end, and when I did, I wished I hadn't. I wanted to keep reading about these 2 people, who I had seen grow up and mature and been a part of their lives for so long, even if it was only to catch up with them one day a year.
Still haven't seen the film but will definitely be doing so, just hope it does the book justice.

Score: 3/5

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