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March 15, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

One Day…

…I hope to read a book like this One Day
again. A book that can make me laugh, cry and fall deeply in book-love with the characters. Both of them!

The story of Dex and Emma is told on 15th July over 20 years. On the night of their Graduation, quirky, sarcastic Emma sort of hooks up with arrogant, confident Dex and so begins a friendship of ups and downs, separations and reunions and unconditional love. Nicholls leaves you wanting more at the end of each chapter year but doesn’t ever disappoint with the one that follows. Far from feeling disjointed, as it jumps from one year to the next, Dex and Emma’s story is woven together perfectly to create a feeling for the reader of growing up with the couple. I thought David Nicholls wrote both the male and female characters incredibly well and showed perhaps unusual insight in to the mind of a woman (his partner is one lucky lady!). I read an interview with Nicholls where he says that when he was writing Emma’s character he included parts of his own personality, his friends’ and other fictional characters and it certainly comes across how much he identified with her, in his success at creating such a complete character with many hidden layers and all her awkward beauty.

On another note, although I can understand the outrage expressed by some for the casting of Anne Hathaway, as Emma, in the film version, being an American and all, I was quite alright with it as I happen to have a not-so-secret girl crush on her and thought she played the part beautifully.

There were no downsides to this book apart from the fact that it ended. This novel has it all – humour, sadness, love, heartbreak and skinny dipping. What more could you want?

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