One Day by David Nicholls

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“Dexter, I love you so much. So, so much, and I probably always will. I just don’t like you anymore. I’m sorry.”

One Day is a beautiful novel about love, relationships and friendships. The author also shows pain that comes with different kinds love; in instance, watching your mother’s health deteriorate, loving someone who loves someone else, friendships that are taken for granted, etc.

The interesting cover and blurb hooked me in and the format of the book ensured that the story keeps moving on, showing just snapshots of Emma and Dexter’s life. I felt the main characters themselves mirror real life people as they aren’t bad but neither are they completely likable. They start out as lovers only to breakup and stay as friends. But sometimes even friendships that we think will last a lifetime, wither and die as the years pass. Em and Dex too have their rocky patches from which they take years to recover and finally become lovers again. However that’s not where the storyline ends as the author packs quite a blow to the readers in the very end of the novel. I loved the unconventional climax that was sort of sad and sort of happy.

However the end seemed a bit rushed considering the pace of the rest of the story and the male characters seemed to try too hard to convince me that Emma was indeed smart. So I shall give this unconventional story a 3.5 out of 5 rating.

“So – whatever happened to you?’
‘Life. Life happened.” 

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