One Day by David Nicholls

April 23rd, 2011 Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fiction, Kelly

One Day focuses on the lives of Emma and Dex, checking in on them every year on July 15th. We see the characters first in 1988 as they finish University, and then watch them begin their adult lives. Emma is brilliant and political, but also without a career path in mind. Dex isn’t as smart, but handsome and charismatic. They develop lives apart from each other, but their friendship is a fundamental element of their existence.

This book didn’t really click for me until the storyline hit 2001. Up until that point I liked it and would have given it a decent review, but something flipped at that point and I became emotionally invested. It’s also the first point in which I liked several characters. This might have been the point, as the characters grow over time, as one would expect people to mature.

The writing is humorous throughout, and Emma especially comes across as witty and original. I can see why this is an international bestseller. The book shows the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, which I appreciated. I also liked the concept of seeing one day per year in the life of two people, and Nicholls pulled this off well.

Read by: Kelly

Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Read: April 2011
Source: Public Library




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