Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: 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.
It’s been a million and one years since my last review but I’m back and my god this book was a whirlwind.
I had some issues with this book, but overall I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and beautiful, but also heartbreaking.
That’s really I can say without spoiling you because believe me, you don’t want to be spoiled.
I’m going to try and work my way chronologically but I’m probably going to veer off at some point.
I listened to this as an audiobook and I was really confused because if I zoned out I’d miss something important and not understand the timeline.
The way this book was written (one day a year) took me a while to wrap my head around. It was confusing and jumpy, but once I got over it, I began to enjoy it more and I really have to give the author credit because he only ever gave us one day a year but somehow managed to give us all the information to form a full rounded idea of the growth of Emma and Dexter. I loved how we could really feel them growing up throughout this book.
Of the two, my favorite would definitely be Emma. I related to her more, even though I wished she’d pushed herself a bit more. In the first half of the book, Dexter was an absolute piece of trash. He was cocky and arrogant, insufferable, and mean. I’m glad he matured throughout the novel, but I couldn’t get over how he rude he was in the beginning.
A scene that really got to me was when Emma got called by one of her old friends that a publisher was interested in her book. Emma’s excitement and hope is so palpable and I can understand why. So, full of hope and anticipation, she goes to meet this acclaimed publisher, only to find out that the publisher thought she was applying for a job as a nanny. Wow. I felt the disappointment just roll of Emma in waves. That really hit me. And to think, just across the Thames, Dexter was getting fired from his producing job.
I have to be honest and say I didn’t like how Emma and Dex got together. There was so much build up and years of anticipation. Then, they get together so quickly and I felt it came out of nowhere. it felt really anticlimactic, in my opinion. Maybe I was just zoning out and not paying attention to what was being said, but it felt as if they realized they loved each other in a matter of two sentences. After waiting so long, I think their relationship lacked chemistry.
Ok, here we are: she died?? What. I didn’t see that coming at all. I don’t understand the point of that, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get to me. I freaked out, went into denial and what killed me was that immediately after, it went back to 1989. I didn’t want to hear about university Emma, I wanted to know what had happened after.
The couple chapters after that wrecked me. I hated how Dexter got with his co-manager (I don’t remember if that’s what she was, the one who helped him with everything in his cafe?). I didn’t see the point and it just made me angry, and while I knew that she was sweet and understanding, it didn’t make that any easier.
All things considered, this book was incredibly entertaining and I loved most of it. You should definitely check it out if you’re into rom-com type things with not so happy endings.