#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • "One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter." —People • Don't miss the major motion picture starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess!
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
"[Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own..... [A] light but surprisingly deep romance so thoroughly satisfying." —Entertainment Weekly
The Hollywood-ready latest from Nicholls (The Understudy) makes a brief pit stop in book form before its inevitable film adaptation. (It's already in development.) The episodic story takes place during a single day each year for two decades in the lives of Dex and Em. Dexter, the louche public school boy, and Emma, the brainy Yorkshire lass, meet the day they graduate from university in 1988 and run circles around one another for the next 20 years. Dex becomes a TV presenter whose life of sex, booze, and drugs spins out of control, while Em dully slogs her way through awful jobs before becoming the author of young adult books. They each take other lovers and spouses, but they cannot really live without each other. Nicholls is a glib, clever writer, and while the formulaic feel and maudlin ending aren't ideal for a book, they'll play in the multiplex.
Complete! That would be the best word to describe this book. There is not a moment in which you don't feel the need to punch either Em or Dex right in their nose. But still is very compelling the way how they make you feel as if they were alive. At some point of the book I felt as if I had been punched in the stomach as my breath wasn't enough. It's the type of book you don't put down until you finish it.
One Day is one of the best books of the decade.
Loved the honest and humorous portrayal of love and life between two people over a twenty year period that everyone can relate to. Very realistic about life and hopes and dreams not turning out as we often expect. Loved the book, the characters and couldn't put it down. Five stars. I'd give it ten if I could. Read this now! R Casadei. May 2011.
Good read for a melancholy time. I recommend it.