One Day – David Nicholls – 2009 – Romance
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?
The story goes between Emma and Dexter’s point of view. My favourite is Emma, whether that’s because I identify more with Emma than Dexter, or for some other reason I’m not sure. I think one of the best things about this book is how relateable the characters are, particularly Emma. I really love when she is working in the fast food restaurant in her mid twenties, while all her other friends are doing well in their careers, because that’s exactly where I am in my life at the moment. I liked reading the character development of Dexter, from someone I couldn’t really empathise with in the first part of the book into someone I really liked and felt sympathy with towards the end.
Apart from the characters mostly being relateable, I really like how easy to read this book is. It’s not so much that the book is difficult to put down (although at times it definitely is) but you don’t really need to think about what you’re reading to fully understand the story, if that makes sense! It’s also interesting to read about this period of history because although there are obviously lots of books about the 80’s and 90’s, I don’t remember reading many novels that actually talk about the eras specifically.
I’m not really sure I can think of anything I didn’t actually like about this book. Some people I’ve read have criticised the structure of the book but I really like it.
Although the book has a very sad ending, I love that the book still feels real.
I rated this book 5/5 on Goodreads. I think it’s a great book to read, particularly in your twenties, and I definitely agree with those people who call it a modern classic.