Thursday, October 14, 2010

One Day: a BLOW OFF book review

I like breezy reads on vacation, so when I went to Europe last week I opted to check out the book One Day by David Nicholls. I know I'm late to this party, after all the book has been out in paperback since June...but I'm writing about it anyway. I'm a sucker for a good love story and I loved this one.

Nicholl's book follows the lives of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew from 1988 to 2008...but there's a catch. For every year, we only get a glimpse of one day of their lives (hence the title; always July 15th). The first chapter begins with Emma and Dexter's first hook up and what follows is a series of unrequited love blow offs and a sexually tense friendship that takes them through their twenties and thirties. It weirdly reminded me a bit of the movie Irreconcilable Differences (with Shelley Long and Ryan O'Neal!)---just like the characters in that movie, Emma and Dexter's highs and lows don't always match up.

This book definitely isn't going to change your life or make you sound smart at a party, but maybe it'll encourage you to confess your love to that person you've yearned for far too long. Plus, it spans the 90s and oughts, so there are plenty of political and pop cultural references that are relatable for our generation. I will warn you that Nicholls makes a choice in the book that I wholeheartedly disagreed with, but still consider it a worthy read. And if you hate books, never fear, the movie version (directed by Lone Scherfig who made An Education) comes out next year with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Fingers crossed it lives up to the book.

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