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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to the hype, 6 July 2010
This review is from: One Day (Paperback)
From the review extracts on amazon (and plastered all over the endpapers of the paperback) you would think you'd come across the read of the century. In actual fact this book is a pleasant enough, entertaining enough, not too taxing, pebbled with zeitgeisty references for anyone who came of age in the nineties, read. To my disappointment I could see the romcom trailer before my eyes as I read the book, and whilst the film would undoubtedly have a great soundtrack, and probably a couple of 'star' cameos dropped into Dexter's TV shows, the plot and characterisation need more depth, and believeability. My basic problem was that I wanted to give Emma a good slap and tell her to stop being so wet and waiting for Dexter, 'cause he's a class A prat. No one needs that long and that many chances to come to their senses.
All in all it helped entertain me through a 24-hour plane journey but I can't quite see what all the fuss is about.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2010 14:14:48 BDT
Totally agree! Wanted to slap them both. Am now reading the new Rachel cusk book - now that's writing, and proper characterisation.

Posted on 19 Nov 2010 19:55:25 GMT
Donna Petrie says:
Ditto! I was going to do my own review but you've written everything I wanted to. Well said.

Posted on 19 Nov 2010 20:20:27 GMT
I've just read it, and agree with everything the above reviewer said, I can't understand the fuss either, someone in last weeks newspaper had the audacity to compare this book with Steig Larrson's millennium trilogy, nonsense, to me it's just like a better written Mills and Boon without the daft lust and sex, definitely a "beach read" non taxing.

Posted on 23 Nov 2010 09:35:20 GMT
I'll completely agree with this reviewer although I may not have even given the book 3 stars!

Posted on 29 Dec 2010 19:53:35 GMT
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Posted on 17 Jan 2011 01:11:27 GMT
aus_books says:
I completely agree with this review, someone had to say it.

Posted on 26 Jan 2011 18:42:13 GMT
I was also seduced by the rave reviews. I felt the characters were were shallow and I couldn't identify or sympathise with either of them. Would Emma have waited so long for someone with whom she had so little in common? Whilst 'romcom' is never a favourite genre of mine I assumed from the gushing and compliments that the writing would transcend the content but this was not to be. I will be avoiding the [obvious] blockbuster movie!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 14:45:51 GMT
George Stark says:
Not really a good idea to give away significant plot points when leaving comments...tends to spoil it for people who haven't read the book (ie. the very people who are probably reading the reviews in the first place).

Posted on 31 Jan 2011 13:58:23 GMT
Completely agree with this review.

Posted on 1 Feb 2011 15:46:30 GMT
What a shame, you've obviously never been in love. And to suggest the characters were shallow and unbelievable only deepens this belief.
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