Literature 411: “One Day”

One Day, by David Nicholls‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said,  a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’

He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go  on then.’

This book sucked me in when I read the book jacket and I hoped it wouldn’t disappoint. It didn’t.

Heartache. That’s all I can think of when I think of this book. Em and Dex’s story is so touching and heartfelt. Once I started I couldn’t stop. We follow their twenty years of friendship from the time of their college graduation all the way until the … close of their chapter through a snapshot of one day each year–the day they ‘officially’ met and spent their time together.

Throughout the years we see the ups and the downs of their friendship. We see how vastly different their respective worlds are and yet how very similar. Over the years they remain close.

As mentioned, the narrative is a snapshot of what Emily and Dexter goes through on the anniversary of their meeting. It’s such a unique way of presenting the story and I fell in love with it instantly. I felt as if I was reading a journal, which I can relate to. And as I thought about it, I couldn’t help but think how a day in my life, progressing over the past twenty-something years, must look like.

Not really a love story, but not really not a love story, I recommend this story for anyone looking for a unique plot. It can be a tear-jerker for those who cry easily so, you’re forewarned. I didn’t cry myself (but it takes a lot to make me cry), but I came close to it. I know I couldn’t put it down.

It’s a book I’d definitely add to my library.

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