March 3, 2011

Book Club Review: One Day by David Nicholls

A couple of friends and I have started a local book club. Our first meeting was this week and it was a great success. With food and wine, we all chatted about this lovely book. And I was pleased to discover that there will be a movie version of this book released in theaters this summer starring Anne Hatheway and Jim Sturgess, book club field trip!!

I will be posting my review each month of the book we discussed and if you have read it and have any thoughts feel free to comment and maybe we can have our own discussion too!

Next month we are reading Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Publisher: Vintage (June 15, 2010, originally published 2009)
Paperback: 437 Pages
Genre: Adult Romance
From Goodreads. It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives—lives very different from the people they once dreamed they'd become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

Review by Kate
ONE DAY, by David Nicholls, is a uniquely structured romance that focuses on July 15 of every year starting from 1988 through the early 2000s. July 15th 1988 was the beginning of the tumultuous Em and Dex (Dex and Em; those who read the book will get the phrase) relationship. This was the beginning and turning point of their lives that caused these two weave back and forth through each other's lives.

At times I forgot that this book was written by a male author. He completely understood Emma and created a hilarious and real character that I bonded to immediately. Her sarcasm and self-consciousness made her endearing and I wanted to jump into the book to give her a big hug. This is the type of girl I would be best friends with in real life.

And then there is Dexter...oh Dexter. Drop dead gorgeous model looks, womanizer, self-absorbed typical male. As with most women, Em was completely smitten with him. But as Dexter filtered through his girlfriends, Emma was always the constant in his life. She was never afraid to call him out and I yearned for the day that they would both be together.

As much as I liked this book, there were times that the long descriptions of the past years events got to me. I felt discouraged and if this wasn't for the book club I would have stopped reading halfway through. But for those who are discouraged, do not stop! There was a lot of day to day activities in some of the years July 15's but I think that was the point. The same day every year is not a monumentous occasion but it was nice to sometimes get filled in on the past year. At the end of most of the chapters I really wanted to know what would happen July 16.

Overall an awesome book. I was happy this was suggested to me because I can't imagine having not read it. This story lingered long after the last page was read and having Em and Dex in my thoughts makes me not take any of my relationships for granted.

David Nicholls Website

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