One Day (Paperback)
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Description'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? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN.
- Published: 04 February 2010
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780340896983 ISBN 10: 0340896981
- Sales rank: 74
Reviews for One Day
Didn't like it very much
I did not like it very much though I must say the story was good. It was a bittersweet love story and I appreciated it. I could have given it a lower rating but with all fairness, despite the boredom I suffered through the first half of the book, it has a redeeming quality to it. I was just quite disappointed because I was expecting too much since there were a lot of good reviews on it. Anyways...
Honestly, I think Dexter and Emma are this kind of people who can't admit, even to themselves, that they're in love with each other. They're both proud and self-righteous and can't seem to decide what to do with their own respective lives. Emma was in love with Dexter but just settled with being his best friend, while Dexter on the other hand, didn't even realize that he loved Emma and continued searching for "fun" until he ended up being more miserable. Dexter was drunk 75% of the time, which I really really hate. I even thought he was going to die because of alcoholism.
But you know how everything finally makes sense when you get to be with someone you really wanna be with? That's exactly how it happened to Dexter. His life took a different turn when he and Emma got together. I thought I was going to finish the book thinking "You idiot Dexter, just go and find Emma, will you?" It's just so sad that Emma died after two years of marriage with Dexter and she didn't get to have a child. It even frustrated me a bit. After so many years of frustrating friendship and a short-lived marriage, she just dies? Argh!
But really, I loved the ending. And the flashbacks towards the end? Brilliant! I loved the fact that it did not end in such a very sad note (i.e. Dexter moping and grieving around). And it's great that he got the chance to start becoming a father to Jasmine.
All in all, it was okay though not the one I would be willing to give a rating higher than 2 out of 5. by Julie Rimpula
Love this book
I read this within a couple of days on holiday, it is so hard to put down. It has quickly become my best book. The story and characters become so real you can not stop thinking of them even when the book is finished. A must read - and a lovely story that works really well. by lorna Grace Edwards
Such a good book!
This book left a hole in my heart after reading it, I could not stop thinking about it while reading and when i finished! I got so attached to the characters, and oh my gosh it was so good!
I loved this book as soon as i started reading it, i could not put it down, and i'm so glad i read it!
The book follows the lives of Dexter and Emma and how they meet, how they break apart and how things work out. Each chapter describes the same day (anniversary of when they met) for 20 years. There's no real plot to this story it's just a journey, but such a good journey!
Anyone who loves a good contemporary novel should read this book!
Also the book is written so beautifully, thank you David Nicholls :-) by Kate Mawdesley
A good story and a good read
I thought this was a good read, I especially liked the structure of the book how each year represented a year. The characters were interesting however I didn't get quite attached to the characters as I would have liked too. Great story. by Kristina Coric
Don't Believe the Cover page!
Just an ok read-I did read it to the end. Good concept in that we see what the main characters are up to on the same day in successive years. I would have rather purchased another book, though. Certainly not one to keep me enthralled for hours....maybe a good thing so I can do other jobs?? I looked forward to finishing it so I could start another! by Wendy SEKULOFF
Entertaining & Easy
I thoroughly enjoyed 'One Day', entertaining and easy to read - I would recommend this to anyone after a good holiday read. For the Antipodean its fun to read about the different locations across London and the UK and get an insight into how things were in the 80's and 90's. by Angus Fay
save your money
average storyline, poorly written characters, didnt drag me into the story at all... fairly disappointed. by Kate Mc Mahon
One of the best books I've read.
I absolutely loved this book. From beginning to end. I also saw the film but it was terrible and didn't translate the book well. It's sad, funny and overall uplifting. I don't think I've enjoyed any book more than I did this one. Although we only get a chapter a year it may seem to fast paced, but I honestly didn't feel that way. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is considering it. by Alex Hellyer
I honestly KNEW these people as I became completely caught up in their lives.
What a clever way to record the events in the lives of these great characters, one particular day (date) of each year. Great authorship in the way my emotions swayed from one character to the other as events unfolded. I laughed out loud, scoffed, cursed and cried! So sad that it had to end! by Beverley Coleman
I really enjoyed this book. It did admittedly take pages and pages of endless dribble to FINALLY get into it, but once you did it is really quite an enchanting love story. I say read it - BUT WITH SOME PATIENCE. by Laura