Saturday 31 December 2011

Review: One Day by David Nicholls

Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Date Published: Aug 2009

Summary: 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:  When I saw the film to this book advertised me and my sister immediately wanted to see it.
As we were on holiday it was put on the back burner.
In a way that's best as I wanted to read the book first which I now have.

One Day is a beautiful yet at times very frustrating novel about love, friendship and life.

Emma and Dexter are a funny pair who should obviously be together.
The end of university has seen them part ways.
I loved reading their letters to each other yet Dexter's first letter has me on the edge of my seat and then it abruptly changes to a different time.

I love how you get both Emma and Dexter's story throughout the years although I'm frustrated with them on more than one occasion.
Emma makes me smile yet I also worry for her naivety. She's a happy go lucky girl, yet inside she wants to be loved by one person in particular. Does he share the same love for her?

On more than one occasion I thought Dexter was a total creep but the more you get to know his character you just can't help but fall for his charm.
He's the boy at school who you got on with and fancied the pants off him, yet you know he'd never look twice at you.

This novel will have you laughing, crying and screaming. It will also have you yearning for a love this strong.
The friendship between Emma and Dexter will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions.
They'll be many shocks and twists along the way and at times you will be seriously annoyed with them both yet at other times you'll be screaming and whooping in delight.
But the pair always reunite in the end.

I don't want to say anymore as I don't want to ruin the story for you.
I'm now eager to see the film and I'd also love to read more from Mr Nicholls.
I'm thinking 'The Understudy' will be my next Nicholls read, I wonder if I'll be as captivated by that.


Matthew Selwyn said...

I didn't particularly like the characters, but I do agree; one of my favourite features of the novel was their letters to one another. I felt a lot more warmly towards them at that point, if not a little disbelieving of the fact that they were actually bothering to write the letters (well Dex anyway)

My review: I'm sure I either loved or hated this, so I might be the rare beast who falls outside your marmite theory :) I just found it a little dull altogether. I didn't root for the characters as one should in the best rom-com type fiction, and overall found the book mildly entertaining, mildly boring.

One Day by David Nicholls

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