BOOK REVIEW: One Day – by David Nicholls

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Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
First published: September 1st 2001
Finished reading: October 23rd 2014
Pages: 437
Rating 3,5

“You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle.”

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I have to start with saying that with One Day being a contemporary/romance fiction novel, it’s not a book that I can enjoy easily. But since this novel by David Nicholls was originally a gift, I decided to read it anyway. I’m glad I decided to finally pick up my copy of One Day, as it definitely went far beyond my inicial expectations. The story is about Emma and Dexter who we follow during the span of twenty years. They meet for the first time on the night of their graduation, and develop a complicated relationship afterwards. Nicholls takes us to the July 15th of each year after that to see what happens to both of them on each anniversary. Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. Although the characters weren’t exactly to my liking, I did enjoy reading about the changes in perspective and friendship during the years, and Nicholls was able to put in some pretty big plot twists. Recommended to those who enjoy contemporary romance…

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When Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation, they form quite a remarkable pair: they are the living proof that opposites sometimes attract, especially when there is alcohol involved. Dexter seems to be the typical superficial pretty boy, but does the unthinkable and doesn’t flee Emma’s place in the morning. It’s not the romantic relationship Emma longs for, but it is the start of a friendship that will last for a long time.

We see Dexter rise to fame when he first starts travelling around the world and later becomes a TV presenter. The events that mark the first few years of Emma’s life are definitely not as glamorous. Instead of chasing her dreams of becoming a professional writer, she ends up working in a fast food restaurant. And while Emma is quite the feminist and forever alone, Dexter changes his girlfriends faster than his underwear. When his drug and alcohol abuse goes too far, even Emma cannot stand him anymore. He messed up with his job and girlfriend, and is forced to accept he is no longer ‘IT’. Emma is seeing a co-worker named Ian, and slowly takes over control of her life. She becomes a teacher, and keeps trying to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. When Emma realizes she is stuck in a dead relationship, she flees to Paris. And Dexter is freshly devorced with a daughter, desperate to see Emma and tell her how he really feels… But is he too late?

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I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, so I’ve left out quite a big chunk of the story in my summary. What I can say is that I enjoyed the various plot twists, and that the idea of following two people during all those years is without doubt interesting. Although I didn’t like the characters, I did enjoy reading about their development. It’s an interesting novel and recommended if you don’t mind a cliche situation or two. A nice contemporary romance read!

WWW Wednesdays #16 – October 29th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

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theshamI’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King a while ago, but I’ve put it aside for now because it just couldn’t grasp me. Plus, I had some other books I had to read first (including a few ARC’s)… Right now I’m reading The Sham by Ellen Allen, a novel that is not convincing me either so far… But since I’m only about 50 pages into the story, my opinion still can go either way.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

702018121964071I’ve finished One Day by David Nicholls last week, and it was definitely an interesting novel. A full review will be up tomorrow latest. I’ve also managed to finish Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec yesterday, an ARC and sci-fi novel with a very impressive world building… I should be having a review up before the weekend.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theelectI’m not sure, but it will be between the next ARC I have lined up or a book that I can fit both in the Bookish Bingo and Reading Through The Centuries challenge… The next ARC would be The Elect by Elle Todd, a very interesting story I’m looking forward to. As for the other option, my mind is going blank right now.

WWW Wednesdays #15 – October 22nd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

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7020181I’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King last weekend, but then realized I needed to finish reading some other books I promised to lend out first. I’m crossing my fingers I will be finishing One Day by David Nicholls later today or tomorrow, because I promised to give it this Friday… It’s an interesting read so far and I definitely want to finish it before I lend it out.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI finished Hope’s Rebellion, an ARC written by Jade Varden, last week, and I’m in the process of writing a full review. I’ve also finishing A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer the other day, which I will post a review of before the end of the week… It seems like I have been reading quite a mix of genres lately.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

21964071To be honest, I have no idea. Did you ever had that feeling you have too many books you want to read at the same time? I guess that’s the problem I’m having at the moment…  I will probably settle for some pending ARC’s first, and read Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec… To be followed by something creepy to celebrate Halloween.

Teaser Tuesdays #17 – October 21st: One Day

teasertuesdays TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I know it seems like I have fallen of the radar for the last week or so… Life has been busy lately and with that reading time is reduced to the minimum; blogging time being almost non existent. I have been able to finish two books though, and I’m currently reading the third: One Day by David Nicholls. It’s nothing like my typical reads and quite refreshing… It’s about what happens to the two main characters Emma and Dexter on each July 15th during twenty years. The way their lives and friendship evolve makes it an interesting read, although the fact that they have the friends-who-are-sexually-attracted-to-each-other thing going on makes the story a bit cliche. I’ve read about 150 pages so far, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

7020181“Dexter adjusted his face into an expression of larky self-deprecation and marched on past he pavement taverna, eyes fixed forward, ignoring the wolf-whistles. They headed into the town, and coming up a narrow alley they suddenly found themselves facing the couple from the beach, red-faced with booze and sun, clinging to each other drunkenly as they tottered down the steps towards the harbour. They stared, bemused, at Dexter’s blue sacking mini-skirt.”

What are you reading right now?