One Day has plagued me throughout my holiday. It was released with little fanfare here in Australia (I think around Christmas time) and I didn’t take much notice of it. But when I was on holiday, it was everywhere. And I mean everywhere – every bookstore I visited (Kinokuniya, Borders, Prologue, Times, Harris, Popular, Relay…okay, so I visited them all…several times) had this book displayed prominently. I picked it up many times and put it down every time. Why? I don’t know. I was tossing up between it and Helen Dunmore’s The Betrayal and came home with The Betrayal. When I got home, I looked up this book on the internet. It appeared that it was taking the UK ‘by storm’. Reviews however, were divided. It seemed to be a love it or hate it type of book. No ebook in sight, I purchased the book.
I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book. It’s light and easy to read and the pages and hours just fly by.
The premise of One Day is simple – 20 years of two characters. We visit them on St Swithin’s Day from the 1980s to the 2000s. Emma and Dexter (who will soon become Em and Dex to the reader – yes, you become that familiar with them) meet at a university graduation party. The next day, Dexter leaves for a world trip and Emma stays in Edinburgh. So what will happen over the next 20 years? Of course there’s some things you expect – love, work and family and some that I certainly didn’t.
Dexter is lazy but loveable. Emma is sensible and cautious – so why don’t either of them get what they deserve?
I found the one day every 20 years thing ingenious – the characters do talk perhaps a little unrealistically in catching the reader up over the previous year, but it’s interesting and becomes even more so as the book goes on. There’s a lot of emotion carried through this book – from sadness to hatred and love but I found it well done. It’s one of those books that had me reading late into the night.
Read it if: you enjoy light, relationship driven novels that don’t fit the chick lit mould.
9.5 out of 10.