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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.
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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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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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