Sunday, 13 June 2010
One Day by David Nicholls
The premise of this book is a very simple one, its takes Dexter and Emma (Dex and Em, Em and Dex) just after their graduation and looks at a particular day for them every year for the next 20 years. A lot can happen in twenty years and indeed it does happen to Dexter and Emma as we see marriages, divorces, heartbreak, career changes etc etc.
I loved this book and as a result I'm sure I read it far far too quickly but I was desperate to know what was going to happen the following year to these people. The two main characters are not perfect in fact sometimes I just wanted slap them but ultimately I really wanted them to find happiness with each other.
The advantage with knowing you're going to be following these characters for a long time is that you know they can change. If one of the characters is arrogant in their early twenties for example you know that by the time they are in their mid thirties a great deal would have changed and that character would have learnt some harsh lessons by then. You become more forgiving of them.
The author was intelligent enough to choose a day in July in which to follow the characters, intelligent because anything can happen in July and well the weathers nice. I'm glad the author didn't choose some of the alternatives, for example can you imagine having to read 20 new year eves in a row?
This book would be classed as a love story but it is also very funny in parts and quite life affirming. But don't be fooled into thinking this will be a completely light hearted read, there are also some wonderful touching and tragic moments and you may be affected.
Posted by Jess