Book review: One Day by David Nicholls

One Day is a story of two characters, Dexter and Emma and how this rare friendship they share progresses and changes over time, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst. This bestseller by David Nicholls is set in the 80s and 90s across England.

The story starts when Dexter and Emma meet and start their friendship on the first of many July 15ths to follow. The story paints a picture about the progressive relationship that they share and is narrated by visiting this particular day each year. They sometimes experience life together, but are separate most times, somehow always staying connected to each other.

There is a feeling of anticipation that both characters portray as the story continues, wondering about the friendship they share and if it could turn into something more. While reading the book you realise that their bond is extremely unique.

The character development as the story proceeds becomes quite interesting. You tend to get completely immersed in this emotional experience, which can dampen your spirits a few times but can also make you laugh. You expect it to end a particular way but you are left shocked at its ending.

Though it seems quite similar to “When Harry met Sally”, as the plot develops it emerges into a story of its own. The book is a lovely read if you are someone who dreams of friendship that turns into love. This bestseller proves to you that something like this is possible, even in real life.

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