One Day

One Day by David Nicholls (published by Vintage Contemporaries) is a huge sleeper hit in Britain. Apparently everyone, young and old, is reading it on the tube, in coffee shops, just about everywhere. I knew nothing about this book before reading about it in the newspaper. I ventured out to my favourite local bookshop and was able to get one of the only two remaining copies. Apparently it was flying off the shelf. My book is print run #11. That alone says something. This is the story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, two young Brits who spend one day together, July 15, 1988. Even though they just met, they can’t stop thinking about each other. The story unfolds from there, with every chapter being what happens in their lives on July 15th for the next 20 years. They loose touch with each other, reunite and become best friends, part again, have squabbles and fights, (it’s a real on-again off-again friendship) and eventually… I’m not going to tell you any more, simply because I hate it when people review a book and give it all away. It’s a very, very touching story. Nicholls is a great writer, and it’s interesting how someone so young (he looks young in the cover photo) can write a story that appeals to readers of every age. Loved it!

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