Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls
September 6, 2011 28 Comments
I read two other books by this author already so I was quite keen to read One Day. I heard good and bad things about it, but since I liked both Starter for Ten andThe Understudy, I had good hopes for this book.
And yes, I enjoyed it a lot. I found the beginning a bit slow going but after a while, this book turned out to be the exact sort of book for me.
I’ve been lucky recently, with some really good reads!
One Day: What it is about
In One Day, the events around two people, Emma and Dexter, are described over a period of 20 years, but only for one particular day in the year. That day is July, 15th and the story starts in 1988.
That first day, Emma and Dexter are at university and have just gotten to know each other. Both wouldn’t mind taking things a step further, but somehow they don’t and they become friends instead.
During the 20 years their lives and fortunes go up and down and some years they hardly speak to each other. But on July 15th, every year, they either meet or think about each other, without fail.
One Day: What I thought
It won’t be much use to you if I say that this was just the sort of book for me. But it was. It was a good read, that stayed interesting until the end. Emma and Dexter didn’t always make the right decisions, and weren’t even nice and likeable during some of the years.
The story was believable and somehow the lives of dull Emma and (sometimes) exciting Dexter were described in such a way that I wanted to keep reading and see where they were after 20 years.
It was rather unlikely that every year, on July 15th (which was not a particularly special date for them), they happened to meet up or that some big event happened exactly on that day. But that didn’t matter, that date was rather arbitrary anyway.
The story was written very fluently, and in the end comes together quite well (although the ending isn’t very nice) . The book is about relationships and friendship, and about the changing lives of students into middle-aged people.
Rating: 5/5 stars
I got this book: from a recent bookswap
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages:438
First published: 2009
Genre: contemporary fiction