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One Day by David Nicholls
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Nov 17, 10

Read in November, 2011

It took a bit to get into this because Dexter is such a cad (seems like the right word to use for a British chap who is almost a completely unlikeable loser, yes?). For the first half of the book, I felt like they were star-crossed lovers, but Emma would probably be better off without him. But it's pretty good stuff. It's hard not to like a book that starts in 1988 and the ending brought the book up a level for me.

"'Live each day as if it's your last,' that was the conventional advise, but really, who had the energy to do that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn't practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at ... something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance."

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