Thursday, August 4, 2011

One Day ~ David Nicholls

One Day   


I've got so caught up in this book with it's British prose that I've stahted to speak with a bit of an accent myself. Whut's next? Dreenking tea I s'pose. Bullocks! ;)

I picked this book up when I saw the movie trailer. I thought it looked interesting and wanted to read the book first because the book is always better than the movie. Always.

I enjoyed reading this, even if I did get strange looks from my children and have answer questions like, "Why are you talking weird?" (It's whut 'appens when you've staht 'earing your own voice in an English tone.) 

This is ultimately a love story about Dexter Mayhew & Emma Morely ("Dex and Em and Em and Dex") and their unconventional journey to find their happy ending. The story is told from both Dexter and Emma's points of view and takes place on the same day each year, July 15th and covers a 20 year span. It is well written, full of laughs, heartbreak, frustration, humaneness and most of all, love. Dex and Em have a fiercely loyal friendship that starts out a little dubious and would make anyone envious. (and does) The love they feel for one another is quite obvious throughout the book but timing never seems to be right. Over the course of two decades, they both are faced with decisions that will change their friendship forever, leaving them with feelings of remorse and regret. How many missed opportunities did they give up in the name of "friendship"? The old dilemma of woulda, coulda, shoulda plays out many times.

I liked these two characters even if I didn't always agree with the choices they made. They were believable and struggled with real issues like success, failure, insecurities and even addiction. I did find myself frustrated at times because I wondered if it really would take someone 10 or 15 years to see that what they've been looking for, what's really the best thing for them, has been right in front of them the whole time? I decided that yes, it IS possible, whether it's true love or something else. It is possible to miss what's staring you in the face because we're human and we're quite capable of being blind to such things whether by choice or sheer stupidity. 

The sad part is when you wait too long to recognize what you have right in front of you and then it's gone. So as Emma would say, "Carpe Diem!" Whatever that looks like to you, whether it's going after true love, changing the world, or just changing the world you live in, write a book or even baking a cupcake (wink wink), just don't wait... 

No comments:

Post a Comment