One Day: Bookclub Blogger Book Review


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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