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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life. A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications.

Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their university graduation. We see them every year on the anniversary of that date - July 15th. Emma is smart but success doesn't come quickly for her, whereas for Dexter, success and women come very easily. Through the years they grow apart as their lives take different directions and they meet other people. But as they grow apart from those other people and their lives start taking opposite directions again, Emma and Dexter find that they belong with each other. Very seldom in Hollywood are movies produced that are as emotionally involving as 'One Day.

After spending the night together after graduation, we are taken on a journey into their lives for one day each year after they met; to see where they are or where they're not. Based on the book by David Nicholls who also wrote the screenplay , 'One Day' transitions from novel to film brilliantly.

First let me say film acting is what I believe makes or breaks a movie - if the actors are great, the movie is generally great. That's not to take away from any other element of film at all, but when everything else is done so well, if the acting were bad, the film would have been less memorable. But Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess are so very impressive here. They make their characters real and relatable, which are two key things every actor internally wishes they could do.

In fact, as an on-screen pair, they work extremely well, together they exude chemistry. What I found most interesting about the entire experience was that I cared so much. I became enamoured with their lives. I kept hoping for the best. I anticipated what would happen to each of them.

I sat forward, sat backward. I laughed and I cried. I've said many times before, a great movie will effect you emotionally in more ways than one. You'll be angry, you'll be happy, you'll be sad - the key is that you emote. This movie presented all of those elements. It was fresh and witty and everything you hope a movie will be. It's as beautifully made as it is acted and the locations are exquisite. Far too often, characters in Hollywood seem contrived and are not genuine. Let's split the check and go our separate ways.

Maybe in ten years' time I'll look back on this and laugh; in twenty I'll have forgotten your name. View all 15 comments. Dec 18, Wendy Darling rated it did not like it Shelves: Why do these two like each other, exactly? View all 8 comments. I will say hopefully only once that I adored this book but you should know that I'm a bit of a sucker for a tragedy too. ONE DAY was brilliant in every way; making me laugh and cry while filling me with nostalgia and longing.

This is one of the most hilarious, perceptive, witty, moving and heartbreaking books I have ever read.


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He is Dexter, beautiful, pretentious and in his mind destined for greatness. As the sun rises they drink wine and talk about their futures. Aug 12, Rosanne rated it really liked it. A hilarious and realistic love story. Excellent characterizations, Nicholls captures life's ups and downs so well and tells Emma and Dexter's stories through snapshots on one day over the course of twenty years.

If you are a HEA junky like me, you might want to be aware that this is not a traditional happy ending at all, but in a way it is even better because the story continues beyond the HEA, it is real, honest and bittersweet. I don't necessarily think this is a story everyone will enjoy, it is A hilarious and realistic love story. I don't necessarily think this is a story everyone will enjoy, it is not really a romance, it is a truthful love story with all that it implies.

Dark and gritty at times as well. Mar 02, Tran Thanh Tu rated it really liked it Shelves: The characters are alright, however, I personally "slightly" hate the leading male character Dexter who is, needlessly to say, arrogant, cocky and ahem! There I said it! Seriously this takes me W Well well well Seriously this takes me WAY too long to finish as you can probably see, and there are several times when I have to fight against my will not to leave this one in the DNF section how cruel and guilty I shall feel for having done such a thing to a book!

Do not watch the movie before you read it, totally ruins the hype!! You've been warned mate: View all 19 comments. Nicholls vuole farmi piangere a tutti i costi. Cara Anne, ti aspetta una dura prova. Ma so che con le solite smorfiette riuscirai a portare il compito a casa, come ha fatto Meg Ryan per anni. Aggiungo che i personaggi sono insopportabili: Non ha mai visto un film di Fellini anche se vive e insegna a Roma. Emma gli dice …diventare una intellettuale coscienziosa. Dexter non amava farsi passare per un vanesio, ma a volte avrebbe voluto che ci fosse qualcuno nei paraggi a importunarlo con la macchina fotografica.

Mi pare non ci sia bisogno di commenti. Bastava essere maneggioni, furbi, arrivisti. Mi accorgo che mischio libri e film come se fossero della stessa natura. E il 29 settembre ci sono riuscito, me ne sono liberato! View all 28 comments. This book is completely overhyped. It is so dull. It's not exactly boring, but it's certainly not exciting.

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In my opinion, dull is the perfect adjective to describe 'One Day'. I was expecting something mindblowingly heart-wrenching from all of the praise I've seen for this book, but it was quite a disappointment. The book was well written and the premise was fantastic but it just didn't work for me - the whole thing just felt so drawn out and I didn't feel much for either Emma or Dexter - especi This book is completely overhyped. The book was well written and the premise was fantastic but it just didn't work for me - the whole thing just felt so drawn out and I didn't feel much for either Emma or Dexter - especially Dexter.

The whole 'twist' just felt quite ridiculous. After ploughing through most of the book and to be given that ending didn't make me sad, just quite infuriated. I thought that the imperfect ending was the right way for the book to go, but not in this way. The book did show a realistic evolution of a relationship throughout twenty years, but this 'observation' of the couples lives unfortunately didn't really do anything for me.

View all 13 comments. Romances that bring friends together should show some reason why the two people like each other. That seems to be the tactic that works for other stories. But, the characters actually seem annoyed by most of what makes them dissimilar. In short, there is nothing to explain why they would actually care about each other.

Dexter i Romances that bring friends together should show some reason why the two people like each other. Dexter is a sleazy pig of a jerk, who is also an alcoholic and a druggy. They are merely a one-night stand gone completely wrong. It seems the only reason they hang around each other is to keep the sexual tension alive, which is really the only thing that they have — attraction. The only time either one has an insightful thought about themselves or their relationship is when they are drunk. How insightful can those thoughts really be if the two supposed friends bicker and criticize one another more than anything?

To make matters worse, the end does not give anything to satisfy my unanswered questions and confusion about the relationship of Dexter and Emma. Sadly, I wished the story had ended pages in, or less, which meant I was less than half way before I wanted to tear the rest of the pages out of this never-ending unromantic story. I love, love, love this book! I loved it so much that when I finished it. This was such a wonderful book, funny and meaningful and smart and emotional. A character-driven story about two people, Emma and Dexter, it focuses on their lives and relationship over a span of twenty years.

The format was really original - each chapter taking place on July 15th of a particular year - and I thought that worked really well and set the story apart from other contemporary romances. Aug 29, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Every now and then you read a book that sticks with you. It may have a serious tone, or in the case of One Day , no particular tone at all. It was bad enough to have been bombarded with blurb after blurb hailing this book as a comedy, others as a romance.

One Day is what life reads like. Guy Dexter and girl Emma meet, have a brief hookup, and settle into a loaded friendship until finally, after nearly fifteen years of angst, they become lovers. What misfortunes they suffer! Thus is the beauty of this book. Neither Dexter nor Emma are particularly likeable, but they love each other. Why, I do not know. Nicholls shows us, that not only do such shitheads have friends, they have a mother and father, and even a brilliant woman who loves them. They might even have good, shine worthy moments whilst in those individuals presence.

And Emma, what can I say about Emma? For most of the book she is a walking, talking catastrophe. Filled with dreams and utterly clueless as to how to make them a reality. But she endeared herself to me with her fiery passion, intellect except in matters of the heart , indecision and lack of self confidence.

I think we all have. Most of us suffer through a quarter life crisis, otherwise, the coin never would have been phrased. In seeing the disasters that are Emma and Dex, I was reminded that the beauty in life is best shown by living it. Adversity only magnifies accomplishment. And while we all surely have a fate, our choices very much determine the course of a life. One Day was a touching book, filled with relevant detail and rather lovely, readable writing. I finished this book 3 days ago and I'm just now coming out of the stupor that I've been wandering around in since.

One Day isn't a book with many gray areas I happen to be one of the former Since the author of One Day , David Nicholls, I finished this book 3 days ago and I'm just now coming out of the stupor that I've been wandering around in since. Since the author of One Day , David Nicholls, also wrote the script for the movie, I have no doubt that this is going to be that rare exception where the movie will be as good or better than the book. The actors they have cast to play the lead protagonists are a perfect fit. In fact, Anne Hathaway loved the book so much, she flew to London to convince the director why she was perfect to play the part of Emma.

The one-night-stand they attempt to engage in doesn't pan out; instead, they opt for being friends. Little do they know, this "off-the-cuff" friendship they've settled for will cultivate and grow - encompassing Dex, Em and all of the book's readers. Thus, July 15, marks the day that changes their lives forever. For each year thereafter, the story stops on that same day to check in with Dex and Em. One Day is a character study like no other. Their hopes and fears, successes and failures - as well as the steadfast bond between them - is all absorbed by the reader.

You will laugh a little at them and cry a lot with them. In fact, there comes a point in the story where the laughter will cease but not the tears Even for those of us that normally don't cry at the drop of a pin I am not going to elaborate on the storyline because it isn't one to tell; rather, it is a story readers should experience for themselves.

Although it is a fictionalized account, there are situations in One Day that might hit home as being very personal to you. Can they exist synonymously Is there one specific day that changed your life forever? However, if you require your romance to be all wrapped up in shiny paper with a big bow on top like I usually do , I would recommend that you do not read this book. But for those of you who are willing to step outside of the box, you will get an extraordinary, emotionally-gripping, "laughter despite the tears" powerhouse of a novel in return.

The cover of the book says it all! View all 9 comments. There will be spoilers I am no longer speaking to this book it has seriously pissed me off. It is imperialist unamerican and majorly depressing. I have done you a favor Mr Nicholls and decided not to kill myself lest it reflect poorly on your book, but you made me want to repeatedly.

And yes I understand you are british and that there is something fundamentally wrong with british people that makes you uncomfortable with anyone have a remotely good day in a novel, but seriously. Honestly David There will be spoilers Honestly David I am a bit worried about you and I think it maybe a good idea for you to go see a therapist you seem intensely depressed to me and you don't want to go ending up like B. Johnson now do you? Right so now that I am done ranting about cultural differences on to ranting about the book. This book basically has the plot of an american romantic comedy.

Nicholls even knows this and periodically remarks on it comparing the main characters to Harry and Sally for example. Unlike an American story it's well depressing and not a little bit, all the time. I know it is hard to imagine but this is a book about two people who are basically depressed constantly, okay I lie once Emma is happy and maybe twice Dexter is happy in a course of 20 years, and it is never super happy, just eh okay happy. They are constantly in relationships they hate with people that hate them or generally terrible at whatever they are attempting to do at that moment.

Seriously this is why I am getting up in the morning so that I can be miserable once again? This book seems to me to have two options for trajectories: They get together and everyone lives happily ever after. The second option feels like the direction the book is going for a full 3 hundred pages. Dexter even at one point says something along these lines to Emma. And to be completely honest I was okay with that. I understand the idea that some people just can't slow down enough to make a relationship work.

I understand that regardless of how much Emma and Dexter love each other, which is evident in the book, that sometimes things just don't manage to fall into place. This doesn't mean that they don't love each other enough or that there is something wrong with them, it simply means that circumstances are simply unable to create a world in which people like Emma and Dexter end up together.

Perhaps they care to much, perhaps in the end we all settle. With passion comes disease and argument, and a relationship of love can never be quite as perfect as a relationship of compromise. Of Dexter marrying someone else and agreeing to become a just good enough husband, of Emma settling for a man who loves her whom she can't manage to change quite enough to love him back.

This is where I thought the book was going to go. Perhaps the book still ends up here in a terribly horrendous way but first The book goes american on us. They manage to get together, and just in time, whew almost missed that whole biological clock thing, and yes circumstances could be better. I mean that idiot Dexter has a kid that truly belongs to someone else and he has been a loser and a drunk for the better part of 40 years, but at least it finally happens.

And Emma fixes him. Yay for an american happy ending. But wait on their two year anniversary "Emma Morley dies" and I am not kidding that is the amount of play it gets in the book. She thinks she is going to be late meeting dexter to look at a house and she dies. This is where the book and I began our grudge map. I did not wait pages for something good to finally happen so that people could suddenly get killed off.

And Dexter becomes a bad person again, but he gets over it and is friends with his ex wife again and dating the manager of his shop, um can you say incest? Serious at least date someone who your wife wasn't making jokes about you cheating on her with. So seriously David I am worried about you if these are your introjects of the world, please email me I will help you find a good therapist.

View all 40 comments. Read a book with a number in the title. This is by far the easiest 5 stars I've given out this year. Maybe it's just bad timing for whatever, but I think you should head of to China or India or wherever and find yourself, and I'll get on quite happily with things Read a book with a number in the title. Maybe it's just bad timing for whatever, but I think you should head of to China or India or wherever and find yourself, and I'll get on quite happily with things here. I don't want to come with you, I don't want weekly postcards, I don't even want your phone number.

I don't want to get married and have your babies either, or even have another fling.

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We had one really really nice night together, that's all. I'll always remember it. And if we bump into each other sometime in the future at a party or something, then that's fine too. We'll just have a friendly chat. We won't be embarrassed 'cause you've had your hand down my top and there'll be no awkwardness and we'll be, whatever 'cool' about it, alright?

This is going to be one of those personal reviews. Just so you're warned. If you don't like it, look away now. Spoiler tagging for those not interested. And by that I mean a REAL best friend, not a significant other who steps into that best friend role over time. That person you call first when something great happens or when something bad happens or you need to cry.

The person who absolutely knows you the best, better than any other friends you have. A person you text constantly and do everything with. A person with whom everyone else around you thinks you are in a relationship because on the outside looking in, it appears as though you are. But a person with whom that line never actually gets crossed despite what everyone else around you thinks. You see, until very recently, what I described above describes me and my best friend Indiana.

And that kind of relationship is what Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley, our two main characters in this book, have. They meet the last day of college and have a bit of a tryst one drunken night after a party, but then stay friends. This book examines one day the same day, July 15th of every year in the 20 that Dex and Em have known each other. And I absolutely fucking loved it. I loved the complexity and the care with which Nicholls built these two characters and their relationship.

Seeing the relationship and their lives in snapshots was beautifully done and it was a way in which I as a reader was really able to see the growth and changes in not only their relationship, but in their own separate lives, lives that always seem to cross, no matter the circumstances. And their relationship was real. And maybe it's because I had a very close, very deep, and very platonic friendship with a guy.

And this relationship between Dex and Em reminded me of myself and Indiana, sometimes painfully so. But there's still something missing. No, this relationship was so utterly believable to me because of the characters. There is so much about Emma that is me, and so much about Dex that is Indiana it really actually truly began to scare me in places.

And though their story does not actually mirror mine, it came close enough in parts where I truly understood these two characters and their behaviors and motivations and feelings, and it made these two so incredibly real to me. This relationship is pulled and strained and is in parts completely and utterly dysfunctional, and in parts unbelievably tender and beautiful. It becomes unhealthy and toxic, but comes back together seamlessly at the right time. And only two people with such a deep connection can make this whole book seem as flawlessly un-contrived as it was to me.

About halfway though, Emma realizes that their relationship has become something poisonous and wrong and she makes the decision to walk away from her best friend. Then very quickly she turned, walked up to him and pulled his face to hers, her cheek warm and wet against his, speaking quickly and quietly in his ear, and for one bright moment he thought he was to be forgiven. So so much, and I probably always will. And that part of the novel just gutted me. I had a very rare and quite long, I might add book cry.

The words were beyond powerful and resonated with such an incredible amount of truth. Because honestly, the same thing happened to me and Indiana about 3 months ago. And we still haven't reconciled even Dex and Emma were separated for several years in the book--only thoughts and memories survived between the two in those lost years. Message in a Bottle, Atonement, Love Story. I just copied this from my blog I mean seriously hate it! I am sorry I read it, if I hadn't bought it on the Nook I'd burn it. I don't want to read anymore books by this author just incase he tricks me again!

Yes, I hated the ending that much, not since Atonement have I felt this emotionally cheated. Emma Morley dies and no, I, in no way, saw that coming. Why didn't I see that coming because this book One Day by David Nicholls a name that will be seared in my brain so I don't slip up and buy one of his books again was not advertised as a book in the same vain as Message in a Bottle.

See, the thing is I hate when books have needless death and dying. I hate books that intentionally kill off characters you love think the Weasley twin in HP7 to make you cry, not to propel the plot along. And, in this book, after reading about pages of a wonderfully tormented friendship on the verge of something more I was relating to the characters, to the places I mean Emma has a flat in Earl's Court, really, Earl's Court and I was relating to the hurt and desire of wanting your best friend I was relating soooo much, that when Emma died I felt like a friend died and my breathing became erratic and my world darkened.

Frankly, if I'd known this was going to happen, I wouldn't have read the book as I do not read such books. And, that's just it I feel that Mr. Nicholls had Emma die towards the end because yes, there's still like 30ish pages after her death I don't know why I suppose so you can short out your Nook crying while reading because that was the ending no one expected. I mean he even knew what was over there in the forest I'm not into gimmicks and I am not into tricks while reading.

I don't have to guess the ending and I don't have to see it coming, but I do have to feel, at the end, that the book and its characters led to the conclusion. I have, for many years, read books that use to death or separation to propel the plot. I was a little sad that Boromir died in Lord of the Rings , I was a little sad when Jaimie died in A Walk to Remember , and, I cried like someone died at the end of Bridges of Madison County you know the part where all she has to do is get out of the truck and leave her whole life behind to be with the one she loves and she's there grabbing at the handle and you know she isn't going to do it, but you want her to, you really want her to , I don't mind that The English Patient dies, I don't mind that Hubbell and Katie never get together in The Way We Were.

I understand weakness and I understand death when it is used in a proper way to drive home the major themes and symbols of a book or movie. Nicholls used Emma's death to do neither. I read a review on GoodReads I read many reviews looking for closure and answers that talked about how David Nicholls wrote a book that didn't really address any audience and therefore made a certain type of audience incredibly upset.

This is true, maybe he didn't understand his audience. I know I'm all for learning about relationship mistakes in a work of fiction, I just don't need characters to die to do that. I also know that there are people who love this book, just like there are people who can't get enough of Nicholas Sparks.

I have had enough of both. View all comments. Frankly, after reading a spoiler about the ending, I simply have no will to continue on, there is just no pay-off after enduring this depressing tale sprinkled with occasional one-liners. Granted, I am never opposed to taking a good dose of drama, but melodrama I detest. This story is about a man and a woman who one day come together as lovers, then break up, but stay connected. Their relationship is followed through the next 20 years by presenting just one day - July 15th - out of their lives.

T Frankly, after reading a spoiler about the ending, I simply have no will to continue on, there is just no pay-off after enduring this depressing tale sprinkled with occasional one-liners. This is indeed a great premise and technique , but I wish they were used on different characters and situations. Both Dexter and Emma are not likable enough for me to care to see how their relationship unfolds. I dislike watching Dexter waste his life on partying and hooking up and Emma - on pining over him for years. There is nothing remotely romantic, deep, or compelling about it IMO. I agree with one of the reviewers here who said that the author didn't quite know his target audience.

One Day is neither a literary fiction which can spin the star-crossed lovers theme in a meaningful way - see Atonement , nor a light-hearted chick lit some reviewers mistakenly compare this novel to the movie "When Harry Met Sally". But alas, this is not my favored genre. View all 31 comments. Sep 21, Brittany rated it it was amazing.

Is love really all that difficult? Yes, yes it is.

David Nicholls crafts a beautiful love story about two people who are so different that they really only have one thing in common: The frustrating thing is though, that however much these two people love each other, they maintain a "friends only" status throughout most of the book. What starts out as a possible love affair after just graduating college, Emma and Dexter's chemistry and attraction falls through th Is love really all that difficult? What starts out as a possible love affair after just graduating college, Emma and Dexter's chemistry and attraction falls through the cracks as the years pass.

Distance, missed opportunities, and even a letter that never gets sent, are all obstacles that ultimately determine their romantic fate and and life that they may have led together when they were young. Each character experiences struggles, dysfunctional relationships, setbacks, and successes and eventually it is clear that life is passing them by because their true soul mate is not truly in their life.

If you're in love, go for it. Missed opportunities are hard to overcome. Don't let the years go by in vain. Thanks David Nicholls for such a glorious, heartbreaking read. It begins light, humorous, warm and aloof, just like most of us are once we graduate, all our efforts and studies paying off, looking into the future full of ideals, hopes and dreams. Then we face adult life and responsibilities, disappointment, and all the disillusionment that eventually knocks our doors.

View all 26 comments. Sep 03, Anna rated it did not like it Shelves: Every moment with this book felt like a waste of my time. I've seen it all before: This plot is so well trod that I feel like there are hundreds of better examples of it that I could have been reading. And here is the thing, I love these kinds of stories as the size of my romance shelf can attest.

But I hated these characters so much Every moment with this book felt like a waste of my time. But I hated these characters so much that I couldn't root for them. And as to the ending, can I just say that I didn't like it the first time it happened in City of Angles , and I still didn't like it when Nicholls ripped it off. View all 5 comments. Jun 28, Trin rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Let's talk about death. Not death which is inevitably part of life, but death in fiction, where it is not inevitable at all.

Death in fiction is a deliberate, well-thought out decision: There are good fictional deaths, and ones which feel cheap. This book lost me for good because it contains a death that felt exactly like the hand of God reaching down: Oh, thought the writer-god, I don't really know Let's talk about death. Oh, thought the writer-god, I don't really know how to end this but I know that an element of tragedy will make this novel seem super deep.

This did not seem like a senseless death of that type that in real life is imbued with honest tragedy. It felt like an author scrambling for a final act, and not being brave enough to let his characters simply face the rest of their lives together. To die might be a very great adventure, as Peter Pan says, but Peter Pan is an eternal child.

Isn't this book supposed to be about growing up? Isn't the greatest adventure simply living? But let's stay with youthful mistakes for a minute. You see, the thing is: I wrote this novel. Not that I wouldn't like all of those things one day—I totally would—but the novel I wrote, which shares a freakish number of similar elements with this one, sucked. I mean, it really stank. This novel, it must also be noted, is much, much better than mine was: However, there are definite and bizarre similarities: It's the tragic bicycle accident that really gets me.

I saw the one in One Day coming from miles away, and approached it with increasing incredulity. Because I had done the tragic bicycle accident, in the shitty novel I wrote when I was 20, and it was dumb then and it is dumb now. So allow me to make another one. This involves yet another embarrassing confession: I really, really like the movie City of Angels. Yes, the one with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan: I also love the movie it was based on, Wings of Desire.

I remember at some point discussing our mutual appreciation for these two films with my mother. Which did we prefer? I know I hesitated, because as much as I love Wings of Desire , I also think it drags at certain points—that long, lengthy speech in the bar at the end! City of Angels , though Here my mom stepped in, definitive. She liked Wings of Desire better, because of the crucial difference in the movies' endings.

See, in Wings of Desire , the angel falls, finds the woman he loves, there is a pretentious speech in a bar, and then they just In City of Angels , on the other hand, the angel falls, finds the woman he loves, and then the very next morning Are we all just a bunch of scarred Nico fans inside? Is this a public safety announcement of some kind? Wear a helmet—or your death may facilitate the important, if sadly belated, epiphanies of your loved ones!

How is that not an equally valid story to tell? The fact that David Nicholls seemed to do everything in his power to ultimately avoid telling it really frustrated me. This novel definitely has its charm: But—in part because of its clever format—too many of this story's important moments happened off-stage, and the—one is led to believe—central event of its two protagonists finally, finally falling in love is downplayed horribly so that—dun dun dun—the tragic bicycle accident can occur several chapters later.

I felt cheated and manipulated, frankly, having slogged through pages of the male lead behaving like an utter ass while not a lot of other stuff happened—all that, for this? And sure, one could argue that that sense of disappointment is realistic to life. But I would counter that it doesn't make for very good fiction. Neither does the fact that this book has more endings padding out its already hefty page count than The Return of the King.

You'd already lost me with the tragic bicycle accident, dude, can we just wrap this up already? Your internet profile was enthralling, but on a one-to-one level it just isn't working. Let's split the check and go our separate ways. Maybe in ten years' time I'll look back on this and laugh; in twenty I'll have forgotten your name. View all 15 comments. Dec 18, Wendy Darling rated it did not like it Shelves: Why do these two like each other, exactly?

View all 8 comments. I will say hopefully only once that I adored this book but you should know that I'm a bit of a sucker for a tragedy too. ONE DAY was brilliant in every way; making me laugh and cry while filling me with nostalgia and longing. This is one of the most hilarious, perceptive, witty, moving and heartbreaking books I have ever read. He is Dexter, beautiful, pretentious and in his mind destined for greatness. As the sun rises they drink wine and talk about their futures. Aug 12, Rosanne rated it really liked it.

A hilarious and realistic love story. Excellent characterizations, Nicholls captures life's ups and downs so well and tells Emma and Dexter's stories through snapshots on one day over the course of twenty years. If you are a HEA junky like me, you might want to be aware that this is not a traditional happy ending at all, but in a way it is even better because the story continues beyond the HEA, it is real, honest and bittersweet. I don't necessarily think this is a story everyone will enjoy, it is A hilarious and realistic love story.

I don't necessarily think this is a story everyone will enjoy, it is not really a romance, it is a truthful love story with all that it implies. Dark and gritty at times as well. Mar 02, Tran Thanh Tu rated it really liked it Shelves: The characters are alright, however, I personally "slightly" hate the leading male character Dexter who is, needlessly to say, arrogant, cocky and ahem! There I said it! Seriously this takes me W Well well well Seriously this takes me WAY too long to finish as you can probably see, and there are several times when I have to fight against my will not to leave this one in the DNF section how cruel and guilty I shall feel for having done such a thing to a book!

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Do not watch the movie before you read it, totally ruins the hype!! You've been warned mate: View all 19 comments. Nicholls vuole farmi piangere a tutti i costi. Cara Anne, ti aspetta una dura prova. Ma so che con le solite smorfiette riuscirai a portare il compito a casa, come ha fatto Meg Ryan per anni.

Aggiungo che i personaggi sono insopportabili: Non ha mai visto un film di Fellini anche se vive e insegna a Roma. Emma gli dice …diventare una intellettuale coscienziosa. Dexter non amava farsi passare per un vanesio, ma a volte avrebbe voluto che ci fosse qualcuno nei paraggi a importunarlo con la macchina fotografica. Mi pare non ci sia bisogno di commenti.

Bastava essere maneggioni, furbi, arrivisti. Mi accorgo che mischio libri e film come se fossero della stessa natura. E il 29 settembre ci sono riuscito, me ne sono liberato! View all 28 comments. This book is completely overhyped. It is so dull. It's not exactly boring, but it's certainly not exciting. In my opinion, dull is the perfect adjective to describe 'One Day'. I was expecting something mindblowingly heart-wrenching from all of the praise I've seen for this book, but it was quite a disappointment.

The book was well written and the premise was fantastic but it just didn't work for me - the whole thing just felt so drawn out and I didn't feel much for either Emma or Dexter - especi This book is completely overhyped. The book was well written and the premise was fantastic but it just didn't work for me - the whole thing just felt so drawn out and I didn't feel much for either Emma or Dexter - especially Dexter. The whole 'twist' just felt quite ridiculous.

After ploughing through most of the book and to be given that ending didn't make me sad, just quite infuriated. I thought that the imperfect ending was the right way for the book to go, but not in this way.


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  • The book did show a realistic evolution of a relationship throughout twenty years, but this 'observation' of the couples lives unfortunately didn't really do anything for me. View all 13 comments. Romances that bring friends together should show some reason why the two people like each other.

    That seems to be the tactic that works for other stories. But, the characters actually seem annoyed by most of what makes them dissimilar. In short, there is nothing to explain why they would actually care about each other. Dexter i Romances that bring friends together should show some reason why the two people like each other.

    Dexter is a sleazy pig of a jerk, who is also an alcoholic and a druggy. They are merely a one-night stand gone completely wrong. It seems the only reason they hang around each other is to keep the sexual tension alive, which is really the only thing that they have — attraction. The only time either one has an insightful thought about themselves or their relationship is when they are drunk. How insightful can those thoughts really be if the two supposed friends bicker and criticize one another more than anything?

    To make matters worse, the end does not give anything to satisfy my unanswered questions and confusion about the relationship of Dexter and Emma. Sadly, I wished the story had ended pages in, or less, which meant I was less than half way before I wanted to tear the rest of the pages out of this never-ending unromantic story. I love, love, love this book! I loved it so much that when I finished it. This was such a wonderful book, funny and meaningful and smart and emotional. A character-driven story about two people, Emma and Dexter, it focuses on their lives and relationship over a span of twenty years.

    The format was really original - each chapter taking place on July 15th of a particular year - and I thought that worked really well and set the story apart from other contemporary romances. Aug 29, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Every now and then you read a book that sticks with you. It may have a serious tone, or in the case of One Day , no particular tone at all.

    It was bad enough to have been bombarded with blurb after blurb hailing this book as a comedy, others as a romance. One Day is what life reads like. Guy Dexter and girl Emma meet, have a brief hookup, and settle into a loaded friendship until finally, after nearly fifteen years of angst, they become lovers.

    What misfortunes they suffer! Thus is the beauty of this book. Neither Dexter nor Emma are particularly likeable, but they love each other. Why, I do not know. Nicholls shows us, that not only do such shitheads have friends, they have a mother and father, and even a brilliant woman who loves them. They might even have good, shine worthy moments whilst in those individuals presence. And Emma, what can I say about Emma?