Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Saloca Reads - One Day by David Nicholls

one day david nicholls book review


Though I filled my Kindle for my recent trip, at the last minute I found myself in the library and One Day by David Nicholls made its way from the library shelf to my hand luggage. I remember seeing the film adaptation of this book when it came out and I always meant to pick it up and see how they compared - I always find the books are better than the films, don’t you? It’s rare the adaptations are better than the page!

Every now and then a book comes along that completely floors you. This, was one of them. I couldn’t put it down and devoured it in just a couple of days. 

“This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today”

Emma and Dexter. Dexter and Emma. Em and Dex. Dex and Em. On the 15th July 1988 they had a moment and this book follows them on that exact date for the next twenty years. The angst of being a twenty-something, searching for your place in the world, the ritual of the thirty-somethings weddings and the horror of other people's babies, never for once moment realising that that could be you one day, pushing 40 and wondering how the hell did it happen.

Emma is the artsy, going to change the world once she finds her place in it, one step forward - two steps back, with a literary quote for every occasion. Dexter is the arrogant, Jack the lad, who plays hard, parties harder and wouldn’t know responsibility if it smacked him in the face. Two very different, very independent characters who are almost the oxygen the other needs to breathe - not that they'd ever tell you that.

“Just kidding' was exactly what people wrote when they meant every word.”

Nicholls does and amazing job at capturing the raw emotion of relationships, the good, bad and ugly of it all. The way he captures a persons entire personality in their dialogue alone without it being cliche or overdone is amazing and keeps the story moving forward, quickly but without feeling like it’s rushing towards the end. He really captured how it’s the events in our lives that create the person who we become, but we don’t always realise we’ve changed so much unless we could see it down on paper like this! 

Though this book wasn’t my generation, I found it completely relatable. From their uni days to their late twenties, early thirties, I could relate with every thought, every crap job, break-up and drunken adventure, it was eerily accurate! 

“Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you”

This book is filled with lessons, some we have already learnt and prepares us for the ones we know are to come. It’s easily the most quotable book I’ve read in a long time and some of those struck such a cord with me that I won’t be forgetting them anytime soon. Again, it’s littered with these little snippets, these life lessons and mantras, but not once does it feel forced or tongue in cheek - it’s just two people going through life, showing us that maybe, no matter how different we think we are, we’re all going through the same shit - just a different day


Have you read One Day by David Nicholls? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,




8 comments:

  1. I have read this but I must admit, it was tough to get through it because it was so slow! The storyline is really lovely though and you're right, there are some lovely life lessons xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. I think there are a few bits that could have been cut to make it move a lttle faster but I kind of liked how it took so long to get to the end - in a way that's life, it goes by so slowly then in a blink of an eye you've done twenty years and you're not entirely sure how that happened!

      Sarah :)

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  2. I love this book! :) I love the film too, but I definitely prefer the book. My favourite quote from it is "If I could give you just one gift, do you know what it would be? Confidence. That or a scented candle." :)

    Amy x

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    1. I prefer the book too! That quote had me giggling too! There are so many amazing quotes in that book, it was hard to pick just a couple to share in this post!

      Sarah :)

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  3. I love relatable books and I love it when you can't put a book down. It's very rare that happens to me. The last time it did it was with the first hunger game book.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I devoured the first hunger games book it was brilliant! The others were ok but nowhere near as good as the first one! I just couldn't stop reading One Day, I HAD to know what would happen next! You should pick it up and see if it takes your fancy!

      Sarah :)

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  4. Ooooh I haven't but it sounds like a book I need to read asap. Thank you!! *Scribbles book down on to-read list*
    Flo xx
    www.positivelyflo.com

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    1. I'm sure you will enjoy it! Let me know!

      Sarah :)

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