One Day by David Nicholls

I have stalled so very much whilst getting around to writing this review, I honestly don’t know why. It’s either because I don’t know exactly how I feel about it or the world is exercising every possibly distraction towards me, as to stop this review. Fear not! As is said: the show must go on. And well this review must be composed and published… so here my dear reader it is.

This was an interesting book to read, it’s about two people over a span of twenty years. They meet just as they are about to leave University and I guess being only a year from that moment myself this book and all that it explores seems vaguely familiar even if it hasn’t happened, yet. The two main characters are Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew complete opposites but they just click. If you want me to sum up the entire plot shortly: it’s a love story between two people who don’t really realise they are in love with each other for a very long time.

Both Emma and Dexter are proud individuals and whilst both adamant with the up-keep of their friendship they still pursue very different lifestyles. Dexter is the guy who is loved by the girls, loves to drink and be free, whilst Emma wants to create a life for herself and conquer her independence. After a failed career and a short-lived married, the two finally end up together, but the story doesn’t finish there. The way the novel is set out reminds me of The Time Traveller’s Wife – it sort of jumps back and forth.

But you know when you have that AH-A! moment and everything makes sense, well it comes together very smoothly in the book, but even after that there is a major bump in the road. I don’t want to reveal the ending, yes it’s a love story, it might me considered cliché, but overall it’s not a conformed ending. Reading this novel won’t leave you thinking ‘oh what a waste of time,’ in fact you might be in shock for a great while after you do finish the novel.

Why I didn’t like about this book:

Despite the interesting plot twist, I will admit that at the beginning of the novel I really wasn’t sure I was going to make it through to the end. It’s. Such. A. Drag. I literally was counting pages because the beginning was such a drag but its understandable as it builds up on the future plot.

Other comments:

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the entire novel, some parts I adored others I don’t think there was much development. The rate the two characters who are pretty much complete opposites become friend and maintain that is unconvincing. Emma pines for Dexter for just under twenty years (gurl go find yourself another man who gives you the time of day and isn’t drunk 25/8). 

Except, I liked the ending. YES it can be interpreted as depressing but I believe the entire novel holds an element of realism which does get drowned out in some parts but overall I liked it.

Rating:  3/5