Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: "One Day" by David Nicholls

If you've already read my Game of Thrones review, then you know I love book/movie combos. In the instance of One Day by David Nicholls, I was lucky enough to find this book hot off the presses (thanks Entertainment Weekly !) months before the movie even thought about going into production.

Loving books and the movies created from them can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you feel a little clever to have discovered a book before Hollywood took over. On the other hand, it can be a little anxiety producing to see the fate of your beloved fave in the hands of people who might ruin it.

Movie talk aside, here's my review of One Day and let me just tell you now, that I loved it.

The Scoop (thanks, Goodreads!):
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". From the author of the massive bestseller "Starter for Ten".

You guys better not ruin this for me!

Great for Fans of: The deeply grounded love child of Nick Hornby and Helen Fielding

My Take:
This book was an amazing and realistic portrait of modern relationships. I have read criticism that the characters were hard to love initially due to their self-absorption, but who among us wasn't self-absorbed in our early twenties? The characters grow over time (as they should, like real humans do) and they grow in your heart as well.
The conceit of the novel is that we only see Emma and Dexter for one day a year (get it?) for twenty years. Brilliant!

The arc of their relationship is in somewhat constant flux and you want to know where the next year will find them in terms of their own lives and relationship to each other.
There are twists that I refuse to get into here, which is difficult, because the twists are a crucial part to my profound enjoyment of One Day. Suffice it to say, that about halfway through, you'll find yourself staying up all night just to finish it.

Final Verdict



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