Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls


Genres: Adult fiction, contemporary.

Emma and Dexter meet for the first time 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? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN.

Spoiler note: Possible slight spoilers.
One Day has a simple concept: “Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.”  The first chapter is set Friday 15th July 1988 in Edinburgh and each chapter takes place on the same day but a year ahead. At first, I struggled to think what to write for this review and so I browsed others for inspiration only to find a lot of people who also loved the book also did not have much to say. I think this is because there isn’t anything in particular that stands out in the book. It’s not like a thriller with twists and turns that keep you guessing. There were hilarious parts, endearing parts, frustrating parts, and parts that were incredibly sad – just like everyone else’s lives. You can only look at it as a whole.

When I finished this book I had to take a deep breath. It was like I had just watched two people’s interconnected life stories flash before my eyes. It was also extremely sad when I realised that the first and last chapters both ended in Edinburgh even though the characters have been a variety of places throughout their time together. It makes you realise how much has changed since that first day.

I saw someone else describe it as “depressing chick-lit” and that’s true in some ways. It wasn’t always completely realistic and sometimes it reminded me of a more serious Sophie Kinsella novel, but I don’t mean that as a criticism. I loved this book and I love Em and Dex!

Random note: It took me ages to realise there were two people in the cover and not just orange squiggly shapes!

My Rating: ★★★★★

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