One Day Book Review

“She drinks pints of coffee and writes little observations and ideas for stories with her best fountain pen on the linen-white pages of expensive notebooks. Sometimes, when it’s going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery.”

If you follow me on Twitter, you will no doubt see that I’m guilty of quoting lines and possibly even spoilers over this book THAT I COULD NOT PUT DOWN.  After hearing such rave reviews about the book and after downloading it on my Kindle, but then not actually getting round to reading it… I finally  read One Day.

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When it comes to naming books that changed my life, One Day is one of them.  My friend randomly text me in the middle of the night to say that the next think I should do the next day would be to pour myself a coffee, sit on the sofa under a duvet and read One Day.  “This book is so you” she wrote.  It sounded so full of promise and excitement that I was dreading that it might actually be a let down.

If you’d been living under the same rock as me, let me give you a quick summary of One Day. Emma and Dexter have just graduated from Uni in Edinburgh, they spend a drunken evening together and each go their seperate ways.  Emma already has a crush on Dexter.  Dexter is a bed hopping scoundrel with no heart (but nothing but good intentions) & Emma is that dorky, awkward girl who is always over looked in favour of bimbos.  The pair keep in touch over the course of several years,  with both characters embarking on several love affairs, yet finding they always refer back to the other and although their lives head in completely different directions each is always tied to the other.

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Em & Dex <3

Dex has travelled the world, managed to forge himself a career as a TV presenter, living the heady showbiz lifestyle in London partaking in all the drink, drugs and ladies the city has to offer, and Emma…well.  Emma is still trying to work out her life path with a managers position at a Mexican restaurant and a teacher heading up her CV, her main ambition in life is to become a writer.  She’s not sure what she wants to write, but thats where her heart lies.   Like all star crossed lovers and “will they, won’t they” stories, their unsmooth paths eventually merge again and Emma’s fumbling through life result in her achieveing what she always wanted career wise and Dexters so called “perfect” life takes a tumble just when he thinks he’s found everything he ever wanted.

But will they….?

When you’re reading One Day you will automatically find yourself leaning towards being either Emma or Dexter.

I would text my friend who told me to read the book “I’m Emma!” then a chapter later… “No no, Dexter”

Lovely Emma, full of promise, a big heart, talent, ambition, guts… And no where to channel it all.  Dexter… good looking, determined, had more ass than a toilet seat, but deep down insecure about his own self worth and how he’s viewed by the viewing public – and then there’s the drink and drugs.  Suffice to say, on first glance I was Emma.  My heart actually ached for Emma in parts and I was giving Dexter evil eyes through my Kindle.  Then I was Dexter… and then I was Emma.  I had literary whiplash brought about through these well thought out characters by David Nicholls.

I know it sounds lame, but this book changed my life changes your outlook on life significantly.  Because the characters have such depth and are so well developed I would laugh and sob uncontrollably in equal measures.  So much so, that I will admit to re reading this… a couple of times (maybe 4)

  • Boo

    I read this book on honeymoon. My husband was a bit surprised with my uncontrollable sobbing haha xx

    • Charlotte

      the “I love you Dex, I just don’t like you” gave me goosebumps x

      • I bawled my eyes out at that part both in the book and the film.

        I’ve got to say I found it hard going at first but once I got into it I really got into it. It was so engaging and the description of emotions make it so relatable.

        I remember reading it on the train home one day with a little pot of Hagen Daaz (only my age saved that from being a full on Bridget Jones moment) and it was so hard to neither laugh nor cry – or do both at once.

        Beautiful book x

  • Nicola

    It’s so refreshing to read a book review on a blog, especially such a well written one! I read One Day and remember really enjoying it. I may post a book review about what I’m currently reading on my blog soon too :)
    Nicola xx

  • I absolutely adored this book, and the beautiful film, you’re so so right when you say it changes your outlook on things! Truly beautiful read :-) Fantastic review too, you write really well xxx

  • i havent read the book or seen the film. But I like both of the quotes. Now I am going to have to look it up. Thanks

    • Charlotte

      and they were two quotes from about a million – absolutely full of lovely and inspiring quotes – I hope you like it! x