One DayAuthor: David Nicholls
Published: June 15th 2010 by Vintage (first published August 1st 2009)
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.
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.