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Publisher's Summary

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 20 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.
©2010 David Nicholls (P)2010 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"[An] instant classic....One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you’ll ever encounter." ( People)
“Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable." (Nick Hornby)
"[Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own.... [A] light but surprisingly deep romance...thoroughly satisfying." ( Entertainment Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 08-15-10

Great book, bad ending

Great book, great idea, great premise, however...the ending was what killed it for me.
For the sake of not wanting to ruin the book I will just say that after spending hours and hours with characters that I really liked and cared about, I felt so emotionally unfulfilled and empty. It sort of left me feeling- 'what?! this can't be it. Seriously! It really can't be it!'

Despite the bad ending, the journey was extremely pleasant and I feel that putting this into the romance category is not doing the book its justice since it implies it's a light read- in reality it is anything but. The romance plot, although always looming in the background, is very secondary.
The story is mainly about stages of life that one goes through and how the perspective of life changes over the course of 20 years. Some passages actually made me pause and reflect upon since they were remarkably profound. I will for sure try to read more books by Nicholls.

I suspect that a great deal of the book's appeal comes from Ms. Bentinck's narration. She did a splendid job with the voices! I love how she did distinctive accents and how just by listening to her voice I knew what Dexter was up to (if he was drunk/felt depressed/happy). Great narrator and I will definitely try more of her books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By mendolynne on 09-17-11

Hornby like dialogue only better - on top 10 list

One Day grabbed me and never let me go. The most engaging, laugh out loud, true to life dialogue I've ever come across. The characters complex and intriguing - I cared so much for these two that I felt a bit lonely after the last page. It also brought back the sweet, sensual nature of letter writing - right back to the scent of the paper. Please please read or listen to it before seeing the movie. The reader, Anna Bentinck, is such a talented actress. She did men as well as Nicholls wrote women. On my top 10 list for sure!

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