Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: One Day

This month I finally got around to reading the March (eek, I'm late!) pick for my book club: One Day by David Nicholls.

The story goes a bit like this: In 1988, the day after commencement, two college graduates briefly, romantically collide. The girl has pined for the boy for years; the boy is more aware of the girl than he lets on. She’s an earnest, outspoken lefty, he a handsome, apolitical toff who “liked the word ‘bourgeois’ and all that it implied” and “wanted to live life in such a way that if a photograph were taken at random, it would be a cool photograph.” Their chemistry is as inarguable as their differences, but because of the pride, carelessness and misplaced optimism of youth, they let time and distraction separate them. Yet they never lose track of each other. “One Day” checks in on their intersecting lives once a year, every July 15, from 1988 through 2007.

Dex and Em, Em and Dex. I admit that I kind of enjoyed the story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, and their cute little love story, but I definitely wasn't a fan of the ending. The writing wasn't fantastic, but I was entertained by the London setting and the characters' British way of speaking. After reading the book I also watched the movie, which I'd give about three stars. Entertaining, but nothing real epic about it. To sum up, I'd call it a fun, quick little read.

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