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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (June 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307474712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307474711
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I LOVE BOOKS on Feb. 20 2011
Format: Paperback
... 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kat_bandit on Oct. 4 2011
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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 By Erika Haubrich on Aug. 27 2010
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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Tolibas on Oct. 31 2010
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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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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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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lucy N. on Nov. 24 2010
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This book has so many good reviews (check amazon.co.uk, or amazon.com 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 amazon.co.uk and amazon.com 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 By MD on Jan. 1 2011
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I loved this story. I love that a time capsule is created by looking at one day each year - one single day that still explains so much about the year surrounding it. I felt the book to be exciting, nerve-wracking, and incredibly real. The ups and downs of a relationship over two decades - doesn't this happen with any relationship!? I found myself never losing hope for Emma and Dexter, and as I approached the later years, I was sad knowing that the book would come to an end, and I would not have the opportunity to follow them further.

A great read if you are a romantic, but want some depth and substance!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VanBookBug on Jan. 27 2011
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It is considered a light read, my friends who recommended it to me read it in one day! But the story is also engaging, funny, light-hearted and yet touches on things that we can relate to when it comes to friendships and relationships in general that aren't always so light. This book had an impact on me and I thought about the story for a while after finishing it. A great chick read without the cheesiness. I would definitely urge others to read this, it's a very enjoyable journey, and certainly emotional.
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