One Day by David Nicholls


Several people waxed lyrical to me about how amazing the book One Day by David Nicholls is. I thought it was OK. I don’t read much fiction on account of not having time and when I do I like a book that makes me cry. With this book, I felt that the concept of only looking at a snap shot of the characters’ lives on the same day each year felt gimmicky and it meant that a lot of emotion was missed. It was also felt too coincidental by the end that so many significant events had happened on that same date.

I took one thing from the book though and if you haven’t read it and want to, then maybe you should stop reading this right now, but it was that letter Dexter wrote to Emma whilst he was in Asia; the letter that he wrote when a little drunk, asking her to come out and visit him, travel with him, quit her job; the letter that was never sent because he lost it and someone else found it and it was never forwarded. It represents a missed opportunity. The missed expression of emotion. On one hand it felt like they also missed years of their life together by this letter remaining unreceived, but the optimistic view and the one that I maintain is that even though they missed this one instance, they ultimately ended up together.

I can’t be completely certain that some things are meant to be, but I really hope this is the case.

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