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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  311,035 ratings  ·  18,689 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, 437 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Vintage Contemporaries (first published 1st 2009)
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Elen mmm lets say he makes a lot of mistakes.Hes immature and I feel hes out of his depth a lot in his life. He trys too hard to be something hes not . Lik…moremmm lets say he makes a lot of mistakes.Hes immature and I feel hes out of his depth a lot in his life. He trys too hard to be something hes not . Like a lot of people in life. To be honest, I Like him and feel quite sad for him at times. Did you enjoy the book. I loved the book . All the people in the book came to life for me.(less)
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Thomas The point is to cherish what little time we have with the ones we love. It is a traditional Greek tragedy.

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Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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

(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 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 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.

Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Darling
Why do these two like each other, exactly?
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
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
National Book Awards Winner. Essentially a romantic comedy, but one with superb characterisations of the main protagonists. On the 15th July 1988, Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation in Edinburgh… the book then goes on to tell the state of their lives each and every 15 July for the next 20 years.

A charming life-affirming read that justly deserves the high critical acclaim it gained on publication. 8 out of 12.

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Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, english-lit
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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
Katie ♡
Well well well... 3,7/5 stars for me...

If I get to tell you my feelings about this book in one single word, it would be "FINALLY!"

To be honest, having watched the movie, this book did not surprise me at all and all I can say about this one is how true to life and down-to-earth it is. The characters are alright, however, I personally "slightly" hate the leading male character Dexter who is, needlessly to say, arrogant, cocky and (ahem!) a pain in da ARSE! There I said it!

Seriously this takes me W
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british
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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 former...so 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
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book with a number in the title.

This is by far the easiest 5 stars I've given out this year.

(forget the fact that it is only the second 5 stars I've given out this year.)

(also forget the fact that I'm writing this review the day before I finish Dark Matter which will most likely be its biggest contender)

And btw, fuck this book.
Maybe it's just bad timing for whatever, but I think you should head of to China or India or wherever and find yourself, and I'll get on quite happily with thing
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Em and Dex, Dex and Em. Two people that we catch up with every year on exactly the same day. This is the second time i've read this book and I’m sobbing, totally and utterly sobbing. If a book can do that to you twice then it’s a really good book and this is why its now a favourite of all time.

I can't imagine watching the film for this but maybe, one day
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Just a little bit disappointed because I enjoyed Us so very much and I expected this one to be good as well. It was okay but it never really pulled me in. I had considerable difficulty with how unlikeable both main characters were and I was totally unable to understand why they should like let alone love each other. On the other hand the story was good and the idea of writing about one particular day each year gave the book great structure. The ending was unexpected and confronting but then ther ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmxi, contemporary, hype
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
A beautiful and unconventional love story. I loved Emma. I thought she was funny, intelligent, feisty, and down-to-earth. Took me a while to warm up to Dexter, (he's not a nice guy at first) but when he grew-up emotionally, I found him charming and extremely loyal. This book will make you laugh, cry, and believe that true love is possible. Enjoy! :) ...more
And I give up.

Twenty pages in and I was already regretting my choice of picking this book up. Now, after one hundred whole pages of this trash, I can't take it anymore.

How do I begin to explain this atrocity? One Day recounts the story of Emma and Dexter in a never-before-seen format - each chapter is the just the one day - July 15th - of each year of their lives. This could have had so much potential but the execution is just...agonizingly painful.

Now, Emma is a whiny, bitchy, insecure hipster
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Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'One Day' is an interesting, melancholy romance novel from David Nicholls, that follows the lives of two tentative love birds: Emma and Dexter.

The pacing of the novel is well done, as the yearly gaps in between chapters portray love and romance from a long-term perspective. The story is characterized by the highs and lows, and the struggles and triumphs that people experience throughout the course of their lives. The story is poignant in every sense, and the underlying messages of the book are;
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kat-contemporary
A surprisingly unkitschy romance novel that I (a woman who wouldn't want to touch a romance novel with a bargepole) would like to recommend.

I liked particularly how real the story and the characters felt to me. I was not so happy with the two twists in the end, especially the very last, harsh one, but altogether I enjoyed this novel very much.
Elyse Walters
The 20 and 30 year old's might relate to this book more than me ---but I enjoyed it. (for an old fart 59 year old).

I could seem the movie with the beautiful Ann Hathaway already in my head! It was 'cast' for me as I read! lol

The author needed to 'wrap' up the ending better and faster (IMO). Other than that--I had some great laughs --and felt the range of emotions with this young couple.

I'm giving this book to JOSH (my daughter, Ali's best friend since Bar and Bat Mitzvah years). Josh WILL want t
Nov 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Only the fact that I borrowed this book from Courtney kept me from throwing it against the wall...
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
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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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