Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.
I first read this book last year (2011), after watching the film. I remember liking the film but really wanting to read the book. Finally read the book but didn’t like it that much, maybe three stars? The other day I was thinking that I haven’t read a good book about best friends who finally get together and it’s nice. Soooo…I got swapped this book on ReadItSwapIt! (If you’re in the UK then this is a great place to get rid of books you don’t want…ect ect. Back to the review!)
I loved how the character progressed through the story, for instance, at the start of the book Emma was a typical student, she had plans for the life, she wanted to write poetry, she protested against…wars (?). But as the book continued, she found that she wasn’t doing what she wanted to do, Emma was stuck in a cafe with no career ahead of her. It showed how your life can change, for the better or worse. Emma was a likable character.
On my copy of the book, it says: “You put the book down…with the feeling that they’ve become…your closest friends” (Jonathan Coe). It’s true! You’re with them for evey year for twenty years. You see Emma and Dexter grow closer, then fall apart, and come together again. It make you want to read it over and over again!
The story was actually very clever. The same day every year for twenty years…why didn’t I think of that? It was frustrating when you wanted to read about what happened the next day or the day before, but it was all part of the story. The writing was extreamly well written, as are any of David Nicholls books.
Sorry for short review, it’s NaNoWriMo and you’re lucky to get anything! Ha!