Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Short and Sweet and to the point Book Review: ONE DAY
Let's just get down to the basics. Is this book, One Day by David Nicholls, worth a read? Yes! Yes! Yes! It's a quick read, but don't lump it into the chick lit pile or think it's just a beach read because it is so much more than that. It's layered and complex and emotionally engaging. It beautifully captures the 20 year relationship between a man and a woman, and not all of it is romantic. It's about a friendship that goes through the wringer and somehow survives.
Each chapter takes place on the same day of each year from 1988 to 2008, jumping back and forth from Emma Morley's perspective to Dexter Mayhew's narration. I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what happens to them. I could relate to Emma's experiences and feelings as she navigates life from a young adult to a woman nearing 40. I also wanted to punch Dexter in the face on more than one occasion. Nicholls does a wonderful job in getting into these characters' heads and making them come alive and pop off that page. The ending, although I felt something coming for some reason, left me raw and vulnerable. I haven't had such an emotional reaction to a book in quite some time. It felt heavy in my hand towards the end for two reasons: I was sad to have the book end as I grew to care for these characters and their lives, and it was heavy also due to my heart breaking in a way. It is a very satisfying book as it makes you laugh, cringe, and probably cry.
Certain books are created, hopefully, to give us a look into the human experience. To connect us. To make us feel alive when our own lives sometimes feel mundane. Unaware that the mundane parts of life are what make up our lives.
A film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess is in the works. I can't wait to see it, but I will have to ready myself emotionally and bring lots of tissues.