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One Day

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  191,116 ratings  ·  14,028 reviews
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one cruc ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2009)
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Rarely am I left speechless, I usually have plenty to say, but as I reflected on this novel, I realized there would be no surefire way to describe this book. It is a complete conundrum. Readers will either love or hate this book, I don’t think it there is much of a middle road with this one. It will speak to those with similar personal experiences.

I enjoyed the format. It gives the reader snapshots of Dex and Em’s life, like flipping through a stack of polaroids, just a flash of what was going
Oct 23, 2011 Stephanie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love: Message in a Bottle, Atonement, Love Story

(I just copied this from my blog...and, didn't realize until it was pointed out to me (below) that I didn't copy the whole thing sorry!)

Please be warned this blog post contains SPOILERS for the following books: One Day, Message in a Bottle, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Lord of the Rings, The Way We Were, A Walk to Remember, Atonement, Bridges of Madison County, The Time Travelers Wife, The English Patient

This is the first book that is so beautiful tha
Aug 30, 2010 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of depressing chick lit
Shelves: abandoned, chick-lit
Frankly, after reading a spoiler about the ending, I simply have no will to continue on, there is just no pay-off after enduring this depressing tale sprinkled with occasional one-liners. Granted, I am never opposed to taking a good dose of drama, but melodrama I detest.

This story is about a man and a woman who one day come together as lovers, then break up, but stay connected. Their relationship is followed through the next 20 years by presenting just one day - July 15th - out of their lives.

Is love really all that difficult? Yes, yes it is. David Nicholls crafts a beautiful love story about two people who are so different that they really only have one thing in common: they are both mad for each other. The frustrating thing is though, that however much these two people love each other, they maintain a "friends only" status throughout most of the book. What starts out as a possible love affair after just graduating college, Emma and Dexter's chemistry and attraction falls through th ...more
Opening Line: "I suppose the important thing is to make some sort of difference."

So I’m going to try to write a somewhat sensible review here that doesn’t come across as all gushy fan-girl. I will say (hopefully only once) that I adored this book but you should know that I'm a bit of a sucker for a tragedy too. ONE DAY was brilliant in every way; making me laugh and cry while filling me with nostalgia and longing. And because I’m the same age as Dexter and Emma the time frame here was also total
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Every moment with this book felt like a waste of my time. I've seen it all before: the ugly duckling pining after the rich asshole who could be transformed into a better man if he only realized that the right woman was right there in front of him. This plot is so well trod that I feel like there are hundreds of better examples of it that I could have been reading. And here is the thing, I love these kinds of stories as the size of my romance shelf can attest. But I hated these characters so much ...more
A hilarious and realistic love story. Excellent characterizations, Nicholls captures life's ups and downs so well and tells Emma and Dexter's stories through snapshots on one day over the course of twenty years.

If you are a HEA junky like me, you might want to be aware that this is not a traditional happy ending at all, but in a way it is even better because the story continues beyond the HEA, it is real, honest and bittersweet.

I don't necessarily think this is a story everyone will enjoy, it is
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This book is completely overhyped. It is so dull. It's not exactly boring, but it's certainly not exciting. In my opinion, dull is the perfect adjective to describe 'One Day'. I was expecting something mindblowingly heart-wrenching from all of the praise I've seen for this book, but it was quite a disappointment. The book was well written and the premise was fantastic but it just didn't work for me - the whole thing just felt so drawn out and I didn't feel much for either Emma or Dexter - especi ...more
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Romances that bring friends together should show some reason why the two people like each other. Right? That seems to be the tactic that works for other stories.

As complete opposites, you’d think Dexter and Emma were turned on by these differing facts. But, the characters actually seem annoyed by most of what makes them dissimilar. In short, there is nothing to explain why they would actually care about each other. And, there’s no reason for me to care about them either, for that matter.

Dexter i
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Every now and then you read a book that sticks with you. It may have a serious tone, or in the case of One Day, no particular tone at all. I’m exceedingly glad that I withheld from reading reviews of this novel until after I was three fourths of the way through, as I’m not sure my experience with these characters, these words, would have been the same. It was bad enough to have been bombarded with blurb after blurb hailing this book as a comedy, others as a romance. I’m of the opinion that it is ...more
I finished this book 3 days ago and I'm just now coming out of the stupor that I've been wandering around in since. One Day isn't a book with many gray areas...readers will absolutely love the story or they will hate it. I happen to be one of the much so that I have spent all of my free time in the last 3 days hunting down pictures, articles, interviews, etc, related to the book and the movie adapted from it (opens nationwide August 19th). Since the author of One Day, David Nicholls, ...more
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I kind of hate this book. I can only reason that I picked it up because I felt lonely and hormonal and thought that maybe I could pass the time with a cute little chick lit book... maybe on the lines of The Time Traveler's Wife, which I can also, reasonably, (though I am not always that) can see as being a hokey book. But--- this... no, I can't let it go. Yes... I was menstruating and I'm sorry if that's TMI... it plays an important role in my reviewing of this book because I could be biased or ...more
Carrie Fletcher
"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"

One Day I was standing at a train station confronted by a huge orange poster much like the front cover of a book I had bought a year earlier but hadn’t read. So i took it with me to Florida and didn’t put it down. ‘One Day’ was quite a match for
I feel as though I just went on a wonderful date with this book, but now I'm trying to justify to my friends, myself and the book why this isn't true love. Or at least true literature.

Like most page-turners, the dialogue is snappy, the ruminations are written like people talk, and the story is mostly plot-driven in a sea of Omigodwhathappensnext adrenaline. (And that scene where the new boyfriend nervously plays a game with the girlfriend's family only to play too hard and have everyone glaring
Yuck! What self-indulgent muck! I decided to read this book after having read extremely positive reviews in the British press, and upon finding out that a movie based on the book will be released imminently.

About 100 pages in, I was already hating it, and now, finally finishing it, I am convinced those raving reviews must have been written by people who hardly ever read books.

The book is cheesy and corny, predictable as a storm on a cloudy day, with characters who unfortunately display very li
Nikki Mendoza
Finally finished reading this book yesterday, it only took a whole month. I love the occasional chick lit, the kind of book that I would pretend I haven’t read if I were that kind of person who cares that people judge me by the books I read. Having said that, I will secretly judge you if you tell me that you love the Shopaholic and Twilight series, not that I haven’t read them, I have, I just don’t love them. I’ve read more books by Nicholas Sparks than I care to admit, I just keep hoping that t ...more
Only the fact that I borrowed this book from Courtney kept me from throwing it against the wall...
Cecilia Solis-sublette
I was hesitant about this novel because it semed like a romance novel, but I picked it up because it came up on several "best books of the year list". I'm glad I did. This is a real-life romance novel. No fluff, no fantasy. It follows the lives of two very real people who struggle with life, relationships, and self. The novel is fast-paced in that you only get a glimpse of their relationship (or lack thereof) as it spans over twenty years. The author achieves this by picking one day and describi ...more
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Dear Em and Dex,

Please tell me, what a true love is?
Coz i can't bear to read about how you both live in lies and denials for more than 10 years

Does it supposed to be like that? a true love?
Make you live in despair, trying to keep your love one closed, though you know you don't belong?
What's that all about?

Why it has to be that way, Em?
Why don't you realize that you are worth enough, even when Dex had told you how gorgeous you are, thousands of times?
Why'd you have to wait for many years to co
This isn't great literature, but it's entertaining and told in a subtler way than I expected, despite a tricky mix of humour and sadness. In particular, the "ending" was not at all what I expected (and the better for it), but I would have stopped the book at that point, rather than drag out the story for a few more chapters, which I think weakened the overall impact.

Dexter and Emma are at the same university and know each other by sight, but only meet properly on the evening after graduatio
Aug 27, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like literary chocolate mousse - soft fluffy and indulgent
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: grazia magazine/heat magazine/ Harpers Bazaar
First up I have to be honest and admit that at tiny part of my soul died when I bought this book. And I bought it because it was 50p in a second hand book shop. If Richard and Judy were still rattling around doing their sort-of-middle-class brand of day time chat then this book would no doubt have topped the Richard and Judy book club polls and be covered in stickers endorsing Galaxy chocolate. Cos women who read this kind of book like to stay home on a Saturday night with a rom-com in the makin ...more
I feel like I've been reading a lot of dystopian/heavy literature lately, and for a bit of a break I picked this up- I would agree with others who said it's just a notch above a chick-lit beach read. The English major in me wanted to dislike it for that reason, but I found myself incredibly drawn in. The story is very relatable- think every person must have a Dexter or Emma in their life, someone they always come back to or think of, even as the years go by. I personally am at a stage in my life ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Freddie
What can I say about this book ....Em and Dex. Dex and Em. I ADORED them! I felt like I was reading about two of my best friends and I became so invested in their lives, it was hard to put the book down because I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen between them next. A unique concept of revisiting the very flawed, but very endearing, Emma and Dexter on the same day every year, witty dialog and an ending that really made an impact ....but what was different about this book for me w ...more
Amazing. Heart-wrenching, funny, real, albeit sometimes over-the-top. The author doesn't waste a word in this book; it's very character-driven, and each and every sentence seems to have purpose and feeling.

The more time that passes since I finished reading One Day, the more I wish there was more of it. You won't wanna put it down.
I would have rated it perhaps 2 or 2.5 stars until I reached the ending. The premise of catching up with two people every year on the same day is what drew me in initially. Also the reviews are so glittery I thought I was signing up for something light and smart, in the vein of Nick Hornby perhaps since his endorsement is on the cover. About 10 pages in I realized I had been duped into reading a chick lit novel. But like a good librarian I decided to soldier on through (I try to keep up with wha ...more
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David Nicholls is a British author, screenwriter, and actor. A student of Toynbee Comprehensive school and Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, he Graduated from the University of Bristol having studied English Literature and Drama.

After graduation, he won a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, before returning to London in 1991 and finally earning an Equity
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