A heady whiff of nostalgia for Generation X,
This review is from: One Day (Kindle Edition)
Having read mixed reviews of the film I thought I'd better read the book before my view was inevitably coloured by the big-screen version. Not sure what the Kindle equivalent of a page-turner is (a page clicker?) but One Day, fits the bill.
Another reviewer has called it a take on when Harry met Sally and its impossible not to occasionally think of the Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan characters as the tale of feckless Dexter and sensible Emma unfolds through a single day a year from 1988, that of their graduation, to the present day.
But its not like that's a bad thing, its the benchmark for boy meets girl, boy and girl get it on, boy and girl bump through life as friends (mostly) romance and indeed, the author namechecks the movie.
The characters, in particular Emma are well-drawn and attract sympathy. If anything the cameos, including Dexter's mother, a more sophisticated Ab-Fab 1960's girl who grew up to take on her responsibilities, are better.
But what really makes the book a page-clicker, is its ability to bring to life 25 years of social history seen through Gen X eyes: through the studenty-Eighties, the Lad Mag 90s and into the Noughties; through youth, young adulthood, thirty-somethingness and parenthood.
Its a nice, well-observed romance, the kind like "When Harry Met Sally", where both sexes will find themselves hanging on for the ride. But the real-star is the scenery, the changing landscape of a certain generation's Britain and for anyone who is more or less the same age as a pair of 1988 graduates there is much to discover and enjoy about One Day.