‘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.’
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.
So where will they be on this one day next year?
And the year after that? And every year that follows?
It is incredibly rare that a book leaves me completely speechless but One Day by David Nicholls did exactly that. The novel spans across twenty years but is set on the same date of each year and across the time frame the reader is given snippets of both Dexter Mayhew’s and Emma Morley’s lives. One Day is one of those books that anyone and everyone can relate to, the storyline isn’t anything exceptional but it is real. The emotions that I felt when reading the book were completely polarised, one second I was rooting for a character and the next I was fuming with them but that is life and I loved that I felt as though I personally knew the characters enough to feel so strongly about them! On the blurb One Day is described as being “incredibly moving” by Marian Keyes, as “big, absorbing, smart” by Nick Hornby and Jonathan Coe pretty much sums up exactly how I feel about this book when he says “You really do put the book down with the hallucinatory feeling that they’ve become as well known to you as your closest friends”.
The book is full of events from a college graduation, to traveling, to bad dates, to good ones, to jobs, weddings, divorces, children and while there are moments of humour that I challenge you not to find amusing, the storyline is devastatingly heartbreaking. When I reached the final page (in a matter of hours) I didn’t want to believe that was the end and I definitely didn’t want to pick up another book for a while because I already knew that the brilliance of One Day was going to tar whatever novel fell into my hands next.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot itself as I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’re looking for a heartfelt book full of a series of events that you will no doubt be able to relate to then grab yourself a copy of One Day by David Nicholls.
I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!