One Day Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic. (Daily Mirror)
Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable. (Nick Hornby)
A wonderful, wonderful book. (The Times)
I finished it last night and I'm still quite wobbly and affected by it. It was BRILLIANT. . . the jealousy nearly made me puke. I wish I'd written this book. (Marian Keyes)
I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book. (Simon Mayo Books Panel, BBC Radio Five Live)
An unputdownable romance for the 21st century. (SHE)
A genuine tear-jerker as well as laugh-out-loud funny. (Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 2009)
This perfectly executed novel is a reminder that reading can be the finest entertainment there is. (Guardian)
ONE DAY is the multi-million copy bestselling novel that brilliantly captures the experiences of a generation.See all Product description
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I had knots in my stomach through most of the book and after finishing this at 1 am this morning, I could do nothing but stare at the ceiling and walls, absorbing what I had read, tearing it apart mentally, and extracting lessons from it to be applied in life. That, for me, is the mark of a wonderful novel, reading that reaches into your soul and touches your heart, writing that moves you to feel.
"What are days for? Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us, time and time over
They are to be happy in: where can we live but days."
How is it that we can say something either in truth or for emotional protection that dictates so much in relationships. If only we could go back and remove or change what was said. How confusing is a relationship when behaviour and feelings are at war with our words. David Nicholls weaves this love story through these concepts in a delightful and teasing way. Will they, won't they.
This is a very touching take on the love story that perhaps releases that whispering in our minds on past decisions we made. What if?
Having seen a bunch of female commuters reading this book whilst on my way to work, I obviously had to ask what was the hook that kept them reading? Surely this isn't as idiotic and awful as 50 shades? Just the cover looks something out of late 70s/early 80s Relate type leaflet. Then one day (ha) I found a copy on my cousins bookshelf, and upon reading the first few pages; the setting of a student dorm/flat the morning after a one night stand is something most of us can relate to, and the characters and their predicament is certainly far more realistic then writers like Stephen Chbosky ever managed to write. To cut a long story short, I was hooked.
The reason this novel works is because it tries to deliver realistic scenarios through characters most of us can relate too. (although to be fair Z list celebrity is the one area I can't relate too) The dinner dates (and the then overpriced meals) the progress in relationships, the childish and pathetic partners, the break up, and the thunderbolt that, for good or for bad, finally shakes your world apart, it's all in here. And on top of that the humor, and inner monologues, are refreshing and palatable. Dexter and Emma could've easily turned out to be generic, instead they are realistic facing real and enduring real pain.
One Day is not a masterpiece of literature, nor is it a populist escapist fantasy. And its certainly not the paperback you take with you on holiday which you don't read, and you end up using it as a paperweight. No, One Day is a romantic novel that avoids saccharine sentimentality like the plague and instead offers up a slice of life and growth. A study of a slice life as seen by two protagonists we both love and loathe.