Read a Book: One Day by David Nicholls

8 Mar

I’m not usually one for ‘Rom-Com’ type books. Along with ‘Chik-Lit’ and anything to do with Harry Potter – I’m in high level avoidance.

 

One Day by David Nicholls

One Day by David Nicholls

 

However – as the person who lent me this one has never been wrong with her recommendations, and with a cover drenched in plaudits from the likes of Nick Hornby

Big, Absorbing, Smart, fantastically readable… brilliant on the details of the last decades of British cultural and political life” and  Marian Keyes

“Incredibly Moving”

I thought I’d give it a go.

Set up to tell the story of Dexter and Emma – starting with a drunken night together at the end of University on July 15 1988 – each chapter is one year later. Throughout the next twenty years we follow Dex and Em as they find love, loose it, struggle with jobs, life and more.

With such a simple formula, this When Harry Met Sally type story could have easily fallen in a heap of clichés, or recalled any movie with Sandra Bullock. Instead Nicholls skirts around the predictable, peppering only when necessary, the bulk of the book an often funny, sometimes painful but always enjoyable exploration of friendship set against the backdrop of British life. 

Robot Rating: 7.5/10

Book #12#50bookchallenge

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2 Responses to “Read a Book: One Day by David Nicholls”

  1. urban craft March 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    this has been recommended to me ages ago but I have yet to pick it up! I’m doing it. I too hate chick literature and I’m sorry but if it hits Oprah’s book club, I am most likely already over it. That’s not very cool to say though, there are some cool books on it.

    • chloerobot March 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      Thanks for the reply – and for the common feeling about Oprah + Chik Lit. But I promise this has an edge that makes it better than anything you’d get on Oprah). PS. Love the mobile on your website!

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