Books, Romance

One Day by David Nicholls Review

Whatever happens tomorrow, we’ve had today”

Excerpts from: One Day
by David Nicholls

Synopsis from Wikipedia:

Dexter and Emma spend the night together following their graduation from the University of Edinburgh, in 1988. They talk about how they will be once they are 40. While they do not become romantically involved completely, this is the beginning of their friendship. The novel visits their lives and their relationship on 15 July in successive years in each chapter, for 20 years.

David Nicholls’ book One Day was released in 2009. Over the course of 20 years on July 15, St. Swithin’s Day, each chapter follows the lives of two characters.

It took me a while to complete the book since it was quite sluggish and I became really bored. The contrast between Dexter’s and Emma’s personalities is one that I particularly enjoy. He struck me as haughty and rude. I apologize for the term, but that’s how I felt and saw him. He’s not someone I particularly like for Emma. They squandered their time and opportunity to connect. They only recently recognized, after 20 years of separation, that they were destined to be together.

I anticipated that this book would be a charming account of love, friendship, and relationships. And this is exactly what it appears to be for the first quarter of the book. But in light of the fact that the author is giving us a look into their lives for one day a year with such a lengthy period of time. When I stopped to consider it, I felt that it is actually a terrible story of desire, loneliness, and potentially a life squandered not pursuing your true passions.

For me, the plot has a tiny resemblance to Love Rosie, but I like Love Rosie over this. It would be preferable if the author deleted the sections of the tale that are sluggish and dull. I didn’t enjoy reading it at all. The conclusion was horrible and sad. They had no idea they were intended to be together. I was devastated by what had happened to Emma.

To summarize, it’s depressing, leaves out far too much, and will most likely leave you upset. This book is certainly something you’ll truly enjoy if you love and don’t mind some twist and turns.  Some of what transpired irritated me and made me unhappy. I would not suggest it to anyone who like reading happy endings…

My Overall Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

With my insight, I highlighted one quote from the text. This became one of my favorite quotes…

“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”

This quote made me sad. Sometimes when we are searching for something, we are unaware that the thing we are seeking is already there in front of us. All we have to do to plainly perceive it is to open our eyes.

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