76. One Day by David Nicholls
I read this book for one of my book clubs. We’re reading the book and then planning on going to see the movie together. Hopefully it’s still around Labor Day weekend despite it’s abysmal opening weekend box office take. The story centers around Emma and Dexter, who spend the night together on July 16, 1988 the day the graduate from college. The book revisits their friendship on that same date every year for the next 20 years. Some years they are together others they are not. Very fittingly I plowed through this book in one day. It was a very engaging read, and I couldn’t put it down. That’s not to say that I didn’t find fault with it though. Nicholls made Dexter too unlikable for too long in my opinion. I understand his journey, but felt like he needed to be redeemed earlier in the book.
Though I’m not actually going to share any specific plot points I did want to share my reaction to the end of the book as well. Someone I follow on Twitter indicated that she hated this book and threw it across the room at the end, which indicated to me that there probably wasn’t a happy ending for Dexter and Emily I just didn’t know why. I am not someone who needs to have a love story all wrapped up in a shiny bow at the end of a book, which is why I don’t gravitate towards romance novels. If you are going to be angered that the book might not end like a typical romance and hate the book as a result then you should probably steer clear of it. Otherwise I do highly recommend it.