Review: One Day by David Nicholls


It all started at 15 July 1988, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew had a one night stand after their graduation party. Emma is this beautiful, modest and honest, with little self confident girl. Meanwhile Dexter is always this popular-big headed-lazy-arrogant-bed hopper-yet handsome kinda boy. That explains why they never actually at the same crowd back in the university days. The day after they would have to go on continuing their life separate ways..

The story then continues every 15 July, this one day, for the following twenty years. From both Emma side and Dexter side separately or together. That day seemed to destined to have a random special occasion in their life. They had not became lover because drugs and alcohol (from Dexter side) and another boy/girl friend were always get in their way despite the on-and-off fling between them.

Will they realize that what they’ve been looking for is actually in front of them all along? Will it be just too late by then?

It’s about two people, twenty years, one day.

“‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”

“Don’t say Just kidding. ‘Just kidding’ was exactly what people wrote when they meant every word.” 

“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.” 

“If you have to keep a secret it’s because you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place” 

“I’m not the consolation prize, Dex. I’m not something you resort to. I happen to think I’m worth more than that.”

“Dexter, I love you so much. So, so much, and I probably always will. I just don’t like you anymore. I’m sorry.”

I could go on and on and on quoting this book. You just got to read it, this tear jerking beautifully painful book.

Makasih Kristin dan Mira yang udah ngobrolin buku ini via Path *emak emak kepo*


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