One Day: Bookclub Blogger Book Review

Sunday, January 30, 2011

  

This months bookclub blogger's book choice was mine! You can head to The Daily Snapshot to check out the linked reviews and read more about the book (and join the bookclub, yeah?).  So, that being said, I really liked it! I chose it because I really appreciated some of the themes and I thought that everyone could take away some valuable messages from it, or at the very least, it would make the readers think.  It is by all means, not one of those books you'd take with you on a train or to a coffee shop to make yourself look smart (you know what i'm talking about!) - it's easy to read - good vacation book. I only say that I liked it though - because of the ending. I hadn't been that angry or annoyed with a books ending in a really long time (if ever?). So...just so you know.

Anyway, it's a story about Emma and Dexter, who meet on the night of their graduation, and it follows their lives and friendship throughout the next 20 years as they grow, learn, make mistakes, etc. But most of all, it's one of those stories that centers around being in love with a person, bad timing, things left unsaid, losing trust in another person, all things that are real and not very storybook.

What I liked most of all about it is that I could relate to the characters in some ways. They graduate as idealistic college students and begin life in the "real world" and they deal with real world things. Time passes and Emma deals with lack of confidence and low motivation to work towards what she really wants. She struggles. She's not perfect. She complains - it's not attractive but it's real. She loves someone who takes her for granted, etc. Dexter is a partier, cocky, ridiculous, insufferable sometimes - all the things that if we met someone in real life - we'd completely judge him the way that Dex is judged. But here we are also able to see his sensitive side - the side that is hard for him to tap in to and that he struggles to keep in touch with as his life spirals out of control and I couldn't help but feel bad for him. 

The characters can be frustrating, or maybe the writing style might not appeal to you - but if you read it, I encourage you to think about the overall themes. I like that it made me think about my life and what I'm doing with it. About things I'm leaving unsaid and why? Or people I'm taking for granted. And how it reminded me that my life is huge but at the same time it's finite - and to make the most of it.

I love and couldn't agree more with what Molly said in her review, "Nicholls provides beauty and hope mixed in with his character's sorrow." Isn't that what life is made of?

Have you read it?  


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54 comments:

Linz2912 said...

Yes and it made me incredibly happy and sad all at the same time. Also i wanted to kill the man character on several occassions especially when he took her to the retaurant

marissa said...

hi krystal! first, thank you so much for your sweet comment on the boot! that was nice of you :) second, i absolutely love the idea of the blogging book club! if i can find this in my little italian bookshop i would love to read it!
marissa

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

I really like your review. I've never heard of this book before. Do you get your books here from the internet, library, friends, or did you already have them? My reading has diminished so much since moving here!

Design Elements said...

i haven#t read it. your review is wonderful.

Comewhinewithme said...

I haven't read this one but been meaning to for ages. I guess I have one more book to put on my list for summer reading! You really woke my interest!

Girl about Oslo said...

Great review girl...

And I will soon do a review of the book that I have been reading:)

Have a great day.

Audrey Allure said...

The book sounds really intriguing, I like the thought of how the story is told in a realistic way & human. I'm definitely going to look out for it!

Diana Mieczan said...

This book sounds so good..I need to find it here:) Happy Sunday, darling

Cecille said...

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Leia said...

I haven't read it, but now I want to! :D

Leia

Emily Jane said...

A friend of mine suggested this to me to take on a trip once and I hadn't picked it up yet, but I'll have to give it a go!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

I really want to read this now! I'm going to add this to my library list. :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth
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M said...

did u get my twitter msg!? fine me on facebook:)

xx.M

www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

M said...

nevermind!just signed onto fbook and now we are officially connected there:) yay!

xx.M

www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

Mustard Seed Collective said...

Oh, wow I literally finished reading this book a few weeks ago and it was BRILLIANT. Excellent pick!

A BRIT GREEK said...

My bff has just finished reading this and loved it too,so it'll be in my hands soon. Have heard so much about it, sounds like a really good read!

I know it's been a while hun, hope all is well with you.
x.o.x.o

this is me. said...

okay sister, i am gonna pick up this book today. no worries, i read book not to look smart, i already am smart! ha ha i can read trashy magazines too in public and not ashamed of it. i'm loving the plot of this book already, some parts of it, remind me of my life back in my younger days.

Christianna said...

Good review! I wish I would have like it more... I really do.

Josie said...

This sounds super good! I'll have to check it out for sure.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Claire Kiefer said...

I love reading book reviews. This one sounds right up my alley--I love novels that center around the complexity of relationships. I read so little during the school year because I spend so much time reading for my curriculum, etc. but one of my 2011 goals is to make more time for reading, cause I love it.

Thanks for this recommendation!

Catita said...

for sure interesting, those are my type of books although lately I havent been reading much...shame on me! and yes put a bird on it! hahaha, that comment made me laugh so much. I actually just bought it now online with the white skirt. Please spring, arrive earlier this year!
xoxo
CAtita

b. said...

oh i love this book! in fact i love all of david nicholl's books.

x.

Cupcake said...

Hey Krystal;
Have not read this but your review was excellent. Add this to my list of must reads!
Merci
Cupcake
xo

Vanilla said...

I haven't read it yet, but will :) Love your new header by the way :)

Love, Vanilla

http://vanillaheartsstyle.blogspot.com/

Bog-Bog said...

Sounds really good!

Jenn said...

Thanks for your comments! :) & even though I am NOT living in Alaska. I did used to. I was born there & then lived there for 5 years as a pre teen :) Not much has changed where I lived there. & I have visited since.

Jenn
p.s. I am going to add this book to my que :)

Helen said...

OMG! I am reading this book too! My friend just lent it to me.. love it!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

what a cool idea! a book club for bloggers! thanks for the review - def adding it to my list of books to read :)

Kavery said...

Great idea having a bookclub. I haven't read this but it reminds me of a movie. Will Google it to check

{av} said...

I can't believe it--I'm in the midst of reading this book now! What a coincidence! Can't wait to finish it now :) hope your week gets off to a great start! xoxo {av}

Sandra Leiva said...

Nice review! <3

ellie said...

Sounds like an interesting book to find. Thanks.

Charlotte said...

I'm a bit relieved to hear you didn't like the ending either... it's like Nicholls built it all up, and the dashed it away in a sentence. boo hoo.

I should probably put some nicer things in my review, because there were some things I liked about it, especially the outline of checking in a year at a time. I'm going to go change my review now.

Molly said...

Thank you so much for picking this book! I'm amazed at how many of the bookclubbers didn't like it... I seriously have had a difficult time finding a bad review of it on the interwebs. Seems weird that it didn't resonate more with the girls. Oh well, guess that's the fun of a bookclub!
A Foreign Land
{thanks for the shout out!!}

Kelly said...

Sounds interesting, must look out for this book!

Rach said...

so I read your posts through my reader, so I just now noticed your new header, love it.

also, laughed out loud at the bird-on-it vid.

Tucker said...

It was a good book. Definitely one I couldn't put down. But it disappointed me so much at the end. I'm just such a sap.

Lisa Griffin said...

awesome, i haven't read it but i am now!
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Croatian_Latina said...

I haven't read it yet. Sounds interesting though. I just finished reading Project: happily ever after. I recommend it as well, deals with relationships!

*Simply Colette* said...

Sounds like an interesting read... I will add it to my list :) I like it when ending aren't predictable and get me kind of upset ;)

modanista junkie said...

I just joined a blogger bookclub, but still need to buy our book. I haven't read this book yet, but will need to pick it up as well. :)

xoxo,
melrod

Joanne Faith said...

It sounds like a really good book, I'd like to read it. I think I would be able to relate. :)

Joanne Faith xo

Alyssa said...

i have had that book in my draw for so so so sooooooooooo long i really should just read it!!

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

This sounds like a book I'd enjoy, especially the part entering the real world with idealistic preconceptions- something many can relate to. Thanks for sharing!

Faiza said...

haven't read this one but am adding it to my list! books about people relating to each other are filled with lessons and reflections. great review!

Amelia Winnie said...

I'm interested to check the book out in my city, i have no idea whether they have it or not.. your review is kinda successful in making me wanting that book :D
X

andrea despot said...

wonderful review krystal! and i agree with everything you said. especially this:
"life is huge but at the same time it's finite." <so wonderfully put!

Stephany said...

Sounds like quite the interesting book! The characters seem real and honest with just the right mixture of likeness and hatred. :)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

This definitely sounds like a book I'd love!

Louise said...

This is on my list of books to read this year! Everyone I know that has read it as raved about it! x

andrea said...

I picked this up merely because Nick Hornby gave it a good review. It was interesting and very entertaining, but there was something in it that didn't quite click with me. I can't remember what it was right now, though :(

Chuzai Living said...

Great review! I haven't read this book but your review made me want to read it. I can see how the story pulls you in because of the very realistic situations and the characters' imperfect traits. We all are drawn to something that you can relate to, don't we? Thanks for the insightful post!

the clothing menu said...

I read it and liked it! Did you know it's being made into a movie with Anne Hathaway as the lead?

this is me. said...

so, what other "real life" themed book you got for me to read? :) review coming up in a few days on my blog, but i already told you i liked it.

 

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