One Day by David Nicholls. Published by Random House. Read in August, 2011. Copy purchased for my personal collection.
Description from GoodReads:
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives—lives very different from the people they once dreamed they’d become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.
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.
When One Day came out, I put it in my to-read list, but kept putting it off. It sounded interesting, but not being YA pushed it off my radar. When the trailer for the movie came out, I finally bought a copy and swore I would read it before the movie came out. I finally did.
I have mixed feelings about the novel. Sometimes I found Dexter Mayhew insufferable and just wanted to punch him in the teeth. Other times, I could see exactly why Emma Morley loved him. Sometimes, I could relate to the book so much, it took my breath away. After I was done, I couldn’t start another book for a while; it lingered with me. This is not a romantic comedy, and I also would not label it chick-lit like I have seen others do. It’s not fluffy, or fun, but I also could not put it down.
I did like the way Mr. Nicholls wrapped up the book in the last 5 or so chapters. While the ending was not the end one might wish for, the way he goes about revealing the last chapters is a warm, soft blanket on a chilly night.
One Day did remind me of two plays I have read: Love Letters by A. R. Gurney and Jack and Jill by Jane Martin. The plots are not the same, but the relationship between the two main characters is similar.
I want to see the movie, although I might wait for the DVD. I’m not sure I am ready to rehash this story so soon.