K.Butler's Reviews > One Day

One Day by David Nicholls
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Aug 21, 2011

liked it
Read from November 05 to 13, 2011

Emma and Dexter make a connection on the day of their graduation from University. That day starts a 20 year roller coaster relationship that includes times of love, hate, intense friendship and closeness, and other times of distance and confusion. I think the draw of this book is that it feels like these are two very real people. They are so achingly flawed, that it is uncomfortable at times. I guess I could consider the story a success since it made me laugh, cry, and throw it at the wall, yelling "NOOOOO!" (If you have read it, you know what part I'm talking about). The characters were beautifully developed and the story felt fresh, I just don't know if I want to read about REAL people. I kinda like idyllic characters and happy, formulaic endings. :) Maybe that means I need to grow up and learn to appreciate the power of subtle plots revolving around deeply flawed characters. Eh, maybe in a few years.
*This is an adult book and contains lots of birds-and-bees, dirty words, and old people-ish situations. (Just a head's up Young Adult friends)

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read One Day.
Sign In »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

Leslie I read this over the summer and liked it, but didn't love it. I got so frustrated with Dexter at times, I wanted to stop, but kept reading. I totally agree with the "throw it against the wall" moment...so difficult. They made it into a movie which will be out on DVD soon. It will be interesting to see the adaptation. And I totally agree with you about liking books with happier endings...I don't WANT to grow up, perhaps it's the Peter Pan in us!

back to top