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One Day [Paperback]

David Nicholls
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Book Description

June 15 2010 Vintage Contemporaries Original
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

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"[An] instant classic. . . . One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you’ll ever encounter." —People

“Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable." —Nick Hornby, from his blog
"[Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own. . . . [A] light but surprisingly deep romance so thoroughly satisfying." —Entertainment Weekly

“Nicholls offers sharp dialogue and wry insight that sounds like Nick Hornby at his best.” —The Daily Beast (A Best Book of the Summer)

"Fluid, expertly paced, highly observed, and at times, both funny and moving." —Boston Globe

"Those of us susceptible to nostalgic reveries of youthful heartache and self-invention (which is to say, all of us) longed to get our hands on Nicholls’s new novel. . . . And if you do, you may want to take care where you lay this book down. You may not be the only one who wants in on the answers." —New York Times Book Review

"Who doesn’t relish a love story with the right amount of heart-melting romance, disappointment, regret, and huge doses of disenchantment about growing up and growing old between quarreling meant-to-be lovers?" —Elle, Top 10 Summer Books for 2010

“A great, funny, and heart-breaking read.” —The Early Show [CBS]

"Funny, sweet and completely engrossing . . . The friendship at the heart of this novel is best expressed within the pitch-perfect dialogue/banter between the two." —Very Short List

“A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad . . . the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe’s What a Carve Up!. . . . Nicholls’s witty prose has a transparency that brings Nick Hornby to mind: it melts as you read it so that you don’t notice all the hard work that it’s doing.” —The Times (London)
“Just as Nicholls has made full use of his central concept, so he has drawn on all his comic and literary gifts to produce a novel that is not only roaringly funny but also memorable, moving and, in its own unassuming, unpretentious way, rather profound.” —The Guardian (London)

About the Author

David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. He is the author of two previous novels—Starter For Ten and The Understudy. He has also written many screenplays for film and television, including the feature film adaptation of Starter For Ten. He lives in London. 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book got many good reviews and has been turned into a movie, which would indicate that it's good. I did not find it so. This is a shame, since the idea of visiting two characters on one day, over the course of twenty years, is very interesting. Sadly, the characters are NOT interesting. They are boring, self-absorbed, stupid and tedious. The book keeps talking about how wonderful Emma is...I don't see it. She's such a good, kind person. Really? To whom??

The "twist" at the end of the book you can see coming from a mile away. Why else would the book continue as long as it did? By the end I was skimming the pages, just praying it would end.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Aug. 27 2010
This book was engaging, funny, yet so real that there were moments of immense sadness as you could relate to exactly what was happening to the characters. I have recommended this book to many friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deep and fun book to read Feb. 27 2013
A lot has been said and written a bout this book, so there is little to add. However, it lived up to the hype. The author did a great job of creating distinctive and very believable characters with voices that resonate very well with reality. The way the story is written reminds me of the the thriller Triple Agent Double Cross. The plot in this story is brilliant and the setting makes it even more appealing. There are tons of lessons in this book. In short, this mesmerizing story attests to the creative mind of the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love listening to my books Dec 7 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a multi-tasker in my craft to, And while I work I list to some great books. This is a great one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is under your nose... Feb. 20 2011
... and you don't know it. Emma and Dexter. It's the 15th July 1988 in London. They meet and like each other, but they will have to part tomorrow. The unusual choice by the author to write each chapter describing every 15th July after that, until near-present day, is quite captivating.

So many reviews have been written already that I would only like to add my praise to the author for a brilliant and compelling story. Emma and Dexter, along with a few peripheral characters (some more in the picture than others), are entirely believable. I loved Emma's good-natured personality, I would have liked to jump into the book a few times and shake Dexter's insecurity-often-bordering-arrogance out of him and often it felt like really "being" there.

A well structured narrative delivers funny, realistic, moving moments depending on circumstances. An unusual, engaging love story. Well done to David Nicholls. My true vote: 4.5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! Oct. 31 2010
It's a great book! I love it! It's about love, life and friendship! Dexter and Emma are very real! I can't seem to get enough of them! In fact, I'm still not quite over this book!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I read the wrong book? Nov. 24 2010
By Lucy N.
This book has so many good reviews (check, or to see just a few of them). I bought the UK version, which has a nice bright cover that attracted me to begin with. Plus the idea of re-visiting two characters on the same day each year seemed so interesting, and like it could hold a lot of potential.

This book ended up being chic-lit. and I, being a 21 year old female, am in the target audience. But It was awful. I finished it, and then wished I hadn't. Even with the 'twist' at the ending so many people found almost redeeming, I hated this book. Neither character is very interesting, and I felt like the author was spoon-feeding me every joke or occurrence, just to make sure I understood. By the last 50 pages, I was skimming, wondering how the book hadn't ended yet.

PLEASE go read the 1 to 3 star reviews on and before you decide to buy this book. It is a light read, no attention span needed, but not in a good way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shallow characters dominate Jan. 20 2012
I slogged through this novel as a trusted friend had recommended it. I thought it would get better as I read on, but I found the characters unbelievably shallow and uninteresting. I don't see how anyone can call this a love story. It really is about two lives wasted through self- pity and self-indulgence. Don't waste your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'When Harry Met Sally,' with a shot of reality
I was actually surprised to see all of the negative reviews.

In my opinion, this is an amazing book--so layered and so touching, at its heart it's really about two... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2012 by M
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep and fun book to read
A lot has been said and written a bout this book, so there is little to add. However, it lived up to the hype. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2011 by Calixthe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Light, Fun Read
This was a book that had me wanting more. It's funny, sweet and so sad at the same time. I got really involved in Emma & Dexter's relationship, but their lives outside of one... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2011 by VR
2.0 out of 5 stars All right
Book was OK. Much sadder than I was expecting based on all the fuss about it. I hate it when a book (or movie) is touted as being a comedy or rom-com when it is more "artsy" and... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2011 by BNL fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Favourite!
This book was an easy, quick read. I couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved it and immediately recommended it to family and friends. I will read this again and again.
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Heather
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Published on Oct. 6 2011 by juno
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
I adored this book for so many reasons one of them being that I'm a sucker for a tragedy. It was brilliant in every way; making me laugh and cry while filling me with nostalgia and... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2011 by Buggy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Day
I really wanted to like this book, the story seemed fun and interesting but it just wasn't. It was very boring and I just did not care about the characters especially Dexter. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2011 by Joanna Bodrug
1.0 out of 5 stars what the.....???
I bought this book because the reviews were good. The minute I started to read it, I began thinking what the heck happened and how do I get my money back? Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2011 by Amazon Customer
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