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One Day by David Nicholls

Sorry I’ve been away so long!  Technically, I haven’t really gone anywhere; I just haven’t really been motivated to blog lately.   I have a “backlog” of books I’ve read over the past few months that I need to write about and it’s going to take me forever to get to them all!  Anyway, this book had been on my radar for awhile but I wasn’t in a rush to buy it.  I believe it may have been included on some bestseller or best book lists (I know it was in the top 100 paid Kindle books for awhile and maybe still is).

“One Day” is broken down into one day per year over a twenty year period starting in 1988.  Strangely, I totally missed that fact when I was reading the book but realized it afterward when I was reading a summary of the story.  Oops.  The story starts out with two college students in England, Emma and Dexter (Dex for short), who hook up on graduation night.  Emma has had a crush on Dex for awhile and is so excited to finally have a chance with him.  Dex, on the other hand, isn’t as enthused as Emma at first.  Jump to the following year – Emma and Dex have gone their separate ways but are conversing through letters.  As years go on, Emma’s career as an actress in plays has been unsuccessful and she gets stuck in a bunch of dead-end jobs, not really knowing where she wants her life to go, but she knows that she loves to write.  Dex gets into the entertainment industry and becomes a popular TV personality and leads the life of a playboy.  Dex and Emma couldn’t be in two more different places in their lives.

Over the years, Emma and Dex’s friendship ebbs and flows, usually depending on Dex’s situation and “fame”.  You know the whole time that Emma is in love with Dex but how does he feel about her?  While Emma and Dex find themselves in the arms of others, they always keep coming back to each other.  The story involves more situations and people intertwined with Emma and Dex but you can really see how strong their relationship is after that one night together which was much more than just a one night stand.  You will just have to read it to hear about their ups and downs and what happens to them in the end (do they ever get together?!?  Read it and find out!).

I had a little bit of a hard time getting going at the beginning but the story picked up for me after a little while.  It did seem like a long book though (it’s sometimes hard to tell since the Kindle doesn’t have real page numbers – although that feature is being added soon if it hasn’t been activated already) and it makes sense now since the book covered one day per year for twenty years.  The characters seemed very real, and I found myself really liking Emma and hating Dex sometimes for how he acted.

David Nicholls has a few other books out that I’d like to check out someday.  I also found out that there is a movie based up this book already in the works.   Anne Hathaway is starring as Emma; Jim Sturgess (never heard of him) will be Dex.  This disappoints me because I wasn’t impressed with Anne Hathaway in “Love and Other Drugs” and I wouldn’t have pictured her playing Emma in this story.  Oh well… another movie that won’t live up to the book.  We’ll just have to wait and see!

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