I loved this book so much, one of my favourites of all time. It was just amazingly wonderful! It can't be classed into one genre, it was such a tumult...moreI loved this book so much, one of my favourites of all time. It was just amazingly wonderful! It can't be classed into one genre, it was such a tumultous bag of drama. I adored the intertwining of the friendship between Mariam and Layla, the romance between Tariq and Layla, the harsh reality of living under Taliban rule and just the plot in general. Read this in one night, couldn't put it down!(less)
Wonderfully funny, Rebecca Bloomwood is charismatic and reminds us of the indecisive child in all of us. Although her life would be so much easier if...moreWonderfully funny, Rebecca Bloomwood is charismatic and reminds us of the indecisive child in all of us. Although her life would be so much easier if she could just make choices! The fact that she couldn't have a bit more willpower and choose between the weddings really started to annoy me and I kept willing her to decide so I could read what happens next.(less)
Having heard a claim that David Nicholls’ One Day changed the life of many women, I was naturally curious as to what the hype was about. Being told by...moreHaving heard a claim that David Nicholls’ One Day changed the life of many women, I was naturally curious as to what the hype was about. Being told by my local library that the 203 copies they accumulated had 193 reservations, I decided that it must be a valuable purchase, so a few days later I was excitedly greeted by an embracing Dexter and Emma on the cover of my own copy delivered by post. By the next day, I sat with the cover closed. Having not been able to put it down, I devoured the story of Em and Dex, only getting up to take occasional bathroom breaks and swallow some bits of bread.
The brilliant concept combined with the obvious opposite personalities of the two protagonists makes this story a timeless classic. Time can change a lot, and this book captures exactly that. Every year the story revisits these much-loved characters and so much change has happened in one year that the contrast is not only stark but shocking.
Em and Dex, Dex and Em- you will with all your might that these two characters will end up together. They’re two poles of a magnet; Dexter being the temperamental and brash one of the two, whilst Emma plays the shy bookworm. But I guess it’s true what they say, opposites attract. They’re two pieces of a large jigsaw puzzle. I know it, you know it and I think deep down Emma and Dexter know it too, but they’re too scared to admit it.
Neither character is perfect. In most stories you discover the conventional good girl turns around the life of bad boy, and baaaaam! they fall in love and live happily ever after. But One Day introduces two characters with flaws like every other person and you witness the struggles of life through their eyes, as they piece together bit by bit that life is better shared with their best friend. You have Emma Moorfield, who leaves university proudly with a double first in History and English. Yet you have the perfect student lost and straining to find happiness. She toils in a dead-end job, perseveres in a relationship with a man she doesn’t love and even resorts to an affair with her boss who’s married and twice her age. Then we have the promiscuous Dexter Mayhew, a drug addict, alcoholic, reckless…pretty much all the labels for a typical bad boy. He comes across as more than careless when it comes to relationships with those who are truly close to him and you can’t help but wish that Dexter would see the true value of his life. Overall each character experiences struggles, dysfunctional relationships, setbacks and successes and it’s apparent that life is passing them by. One Day attempts to follow in the footsteps of other romantic tragedies (cue Romeo and Juliet, Titanic, A Walk to Remember), but I think the ending was a bit unsatisfactory for me. Just a tad.
So overall, I loved the book. The story was beautiful and the concept was close to being titled flawless. The two protagonists came across as realistic and characters that you’ve known forever. It exhibits how missed opportunities are hard to overcome, with life falling through cracks as you watch it pass you by. Ultimately it tells us to not let the years go by in vain. Definitely worth a read and a book that I’ll be picking up during those upcoming rainy days.
Like Jeremy Taylor said. Love is friendship is set on fire, and that was truly the case with Dexter and Emma.(less)
Imagine a place where you are constantly scrutinised and forever living under fear. A place where your every move is monitored and life as you knew it...moreImagine a place where you are constantly scrutinised and forever living under fear. A place where your every move is monitored and life as you knew it has been demolished. If you step out of line, the Eyes will come and take you away. Now imagine living there. That is exactly the scenario for Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I was introduced to this book for my A-level coursework and I absolutely fell into admiration for it. Atwood presents the Republic of Gilead, a dystopia where theocracy and an autocratic state has replaced the American government. Our protagonist is Offred, (As in ‘Of-Fred’, belonging to Fred her Commander. She never reveals her real name) a Handmaid who is allocated to the household of an elite family to act as a concubine and bear a child for them. Through first person narrative and a stream of consciousness, she details the torturous life she has come to call her own and her dream of being reunited with her husband and daughter. Her options are to breed or be hanged on The Wall, or worse, be sent out to work in a radiation infested colony where death will slowly come. But even that choice is not easy as games, lust and temptation slithers into her world.
A remarkable, insightful and shocking novel, The Handmaid’s Tale expertly presents a bleak interpretation of a society where the word ‘freedom’ no longer exists. (less)
Beautifullllll. I'm not the biggest fan of epistolary style novels, but this was amazing. I just want to take Charlie and put him in my pocket. I love...moreBeautifullllll. I'm not the biggest fan of epistolary style novels, but this was amazing. I just want to take Charlie and put him in my pocket. I loved his friendship with Patrick and Sam and how his English teacher takes him under his wing and gives him books to read. I loved how he discovers music and fun and love and how he grows confidence and develops as a person. AH READ IT. I know this book is everywhere on tumblr, but it deserves to be so.(less)