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.
........ Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): 'I suppose the important thing is to make some sort of difference' she said.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 312): The most idiotic, witless word in the English language is 'singleton', followed closely by 'chocoholic', and she refuses to be part of any Sunday supplement lifestyle phenomenon.
MY THOUGHTS: Alas I'd heard less about the book than the film but given that the film was by all accounts very good and books are generally better than the film surely this would be an excellent read.
On starting to read One Day I was worried it was going to be too similar to Starter For Ten (set in the 1980's, students, universities, a would they/wouldn't they romance) which we had read at my other readers group way back in November (you can see my review HERE) but thankfully this turned out not to be the case.
A unique, tender love story that chronicles the lives of two young people (and occasionally their family and friends) over the course of every July the 15th for 20 years, this is a book that once again had me reading until silly o'clock.
Feeling like the main characters (Emma and Dexter/'Dex') were really good friends of mine, I went through a range of emotions with them AND I wouldn't care but Dex wasn't even a particularly nice person but then isn't it these flaws that make the characters so believable?
Wonderfully well written, I've said it before and I think I may well say it again, it isn't so much the plot that makes these books by David Nicholls so compulsive, its the characters.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A reading group read, I'd rather like a copy of this for the shelves.