today I'm reviewing, "One Day" by David Nicholls.
This is the blurb on Goodreads!
"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?
Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY."
A love story that takes place over 20 years, and is shippable with cute moments but that tension that is never resolved until THE NEXT CHAPTER, or so you think?
Sign me on!
Now, normally I don't read from the Romance section in the Bookstores. If a book is ONLY about romance, it's generally unreadable for me. If I'm going to get romance, I need to get a bit of plot, drama, and romantic angst in one whole nice bundle. So for me, this what an out-of-my-way book. A chance, if you will. I can't stand all the won't-they-will-they in romance novels, and the occasional sex scene that makes me awkwardly blush and just scream "AHOI AHOI AHOI AHOI AHOI" while I quickly flip the pages to avoid it. I get it. They did the do. I don't need five separate chapters on the specifics of it...
But, in saying that, Emma and Dexter are shippable...and when I say extremely....I mean EXTREMELY shippable. I literally turned into Tyler Oakley when I shipped them.
Just as I really began getting into it, and shipping Em and Dex with all the power I could muster in my enthusiasm for this book, there was such a blind side of a plot twist that when I read it, I just kind of sat there, staring...
I really liked this book, but it wasn't something I'm absolutely crazy about and would join the discussion boards and fandom for. I think, to really enjoy this book, you need to have the same sort of experiences Em and Dex have that make their story. As an 18 year old, who is a social bug on the wall, it was harder and harder for me to relate to them as they got older and older. I didn't hate this book, but I wasn't in love with it.
For me, it was probably about a 6/10. Not bad, but not super great :P
AND NOW FOR MY FAVOURITE QUOTE OF THE BOOK! -
“Live each day as if it's your last', that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for 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.”