Dear me, this was bad. Clichéd and badly written, characters you could not have cared less about. Why could they not have got together earlier? No compelling motives to anything about their behaviour. It all read like a poor TV drama script (Cold Feet...) The chapter with Dex going off the rails after Emma's death: embarrassingly bad, and not plausible. Predictable all the way through, set pieces with cardboard characters. Don't understand this book's popularity at all. Perhaps I should stay in more. Love stories are never lived like this in real life, and the clunky depiction just makes it worse.
Despite the fact that I'm fifteen years younger than Em & Dex I had no problems whatsoever to relate to them as trustworthy characters. At the end I flet as if I in a few days had witnessed the romantic story of two real and very close friends.
That the end was quite predictable is true to a certain amount, but I don't feel that this novels quality rested in its capacity to surprise the reader with its narration. Instead I was surprised by how taken I was by the end and by the story that led to it.
Although 'One Day' was absorbing and I read it over one 24 hour period, it left me feeling unsettled and melancholy. I thought Emma was a 'Bridget Jones' type, although somewhat more organised and less scatty.
I just started reading this tonight. I am already four chapters in and ,as an aspiring writer, have become incredibly depressed! His writing makes mine look like a butchers workbench of culled verbs gushing with melodrama. I see a lot of his characters around me (I even found myself uttering the immortal Dex line 'I'll be a millionaire by the time I'm twenty five' when I was at University. The shame!) and in others i went to university with too. His writing is subtle and he lets the characters emerge without any kind prompt from the narrator. I don't know how the rest of the book is going to pan out but if its anything like the first few chapters I am entirely unsurprised at why this keeps bouncing up the charts!
I feel the same way you do, Bex, about his ability to make the characters and their lifes with all the choices they make feel important to us as readers. And, yes, the fact that I'm also an aspiring writer made felle a bit sad about how far I am from making those characters come out of the book and present themselves in your own life the way Em and Dex, Sylvia, Till Killick, Callum and the rest of them did.
I have got over my little malaise, lol! When I see writers like David Nicholls i hope I can learn something from them and put it into my own writing. Still reading the book and still utterly impressed with his his characterization, sometimes its like reading how mine and my friends life have panned out since university.