One Day by David Nicholls

Don’t get fooled. The story doesn’t happen in one day. The story spans the lifetime (starting from college graduation) of the two main characters, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, whose relationship starts the day they graduate from college.

Their friendship blossoms despite the fact that they are physically separated, with Emma staying in Britain and Dexter traveling the world for a short time. As they mature, we see their feelings of affection for each other grow and deteriorate, and we feel for them as well (as how all good books should lead us).

There was nothing particularly spellbinding nor luminescent about the story save for the strength of their friendship and their latent desire for each other. It’s amazing how people can manage to hide their feelings for such a long time because it really is heartbreaking to hold something in for so long. I’m sure a lot of us know how that feels, and that’s where the strength of this book lies: in its ability to connect with people who, at one point in their lives, kept hidden some feeling or emotion, whether it be love, lust, pain or anger.

One other thing this book touches on is loss. People deal with loss of loved ones in different ways, some better than others, and here we see one person’s struggle to deal with all the things and people that life has taken away. I know it’s cheesy, but I do want to use the word poignant here, especially for the last part of the book, where everybody, even the ones who’ve never been close, comes together when someone important in their lives leaves them.

So go on, read this book, be inspired, be touched, and know or remember what it feels like to have loved and lost.


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