One Day by David Nicholls
As you may have been able to tell from my reviews of Water For Elephants, The Help, and Something Borrowed, I have this problem where I really don’t read fiction until they turn it into a movie. I am just not usually into fiction, but if it looks like a good movie, then I consider it. One Day looked like a good movie, so of course, I read the book! I really enjoyed it!
One Day is the story of two friends who are terribly in love and cannot admit it to each other. It is one of those slow-moving tragedies of quiet normalcy. If you had any sort of affection for Revolutionary Road in the way that their lives are devastating in a quiet-storm sort of way, you will like this book! The two characters, Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley are stretched across time as just friends, but both longing for each other at different times in their life. However, I feel like in a lot of love stories when the characters cannot seem to say it to each other, I find myself screaming at them, “Be honest! Why can’t you just say how you feel??? In real life people are far more honest!!” But in this story, I understood all of their motives, making it that much more harrowing. It’s SO GOOD.
The books begins in Scotland, on the night of graduation for Emma and Dexter, Em and Dex, in 1988. After that night where they declare ever-lasting platonic friendship despite their feelings, the story is told through one date- July 15th, every single year. That day is a portrait of their lives, and you only have that one day in their lives to discern what is going on each year. The way the book is structured is brilliant, and the plot stretches over almost 20 years. It is a beautiful story.
There are a myriad of unexpected twists and turns in the end, which you really don’t see coming, or at least I didn’t.The end wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, but the book is still worth reading. This book is very hard to discuss without giving anything away!
The characters are so real, I think we have all been in that situation, or felt like Dexter or Emma at one time or another! For a nontraditional, at times tragic love story, definitely give One Day a go! It’s a very modern love story.