One Day

One Day

Book - 2010 | First Vintage Contemporaries edition.
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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.

"One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter." -- People

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010.
Edition: First Vintage Contemporaries edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307474711
Branch Call Number: FIC Nicho
Characteristics: 437 pages.


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VaughanPLGabby Nov 11, 2020

A coming of age novel set in England, that follows the relationship of Dexter and Emma over a twenty year period, through snapshots revealed on the same day, July 15th, of each year.

Why you should try it: Both these character driven books books deal with couples who continue to be drawn back ... Read More »

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Nov 08, 2020

This book is on the sad side.

Aug 14, 2020

Author: wrote WSJ 5 Best for 8/15/20

Jul 26, 2020

I loved this book!

May 23, 2020

Only decided to read it cause I saw the movie a year or two ago and really liked it. Luckily I saw the movie a year or two ago so I didn't really remember the plot or even the format, so this was a pretty pure experience besides me sometimes picturing Anne Hathaway in the place of Emma. This is a clever and funny book, and it knows just how to pull on the heartstrings in a way that doesn't feel manipulative or contrived, except maybe at the end. I think it's a little cheap to kill off one of the main characters in a romance novel, but that's just me wanting happy endings. It's done pretty well for what it is. The letters and notes are so wonderful and make me want to write to my friends and reading about these people stumbling through life makes me feel a little bit better about things not going to plan in my life every now and then. I cried a lot and thought a lot about what love means to me and about what it takes to keep someone in your life for so long. I loved it.

Jun 20, 2019

Disappointing read. The friendship between the two characters seemed contrived and lacked genuine warmth which made it difficult to feel any sort of affinity for the characters. I only got through by skimming through a good many paragraphs.

Feb 24, 2019

Keep a box of tissues handy. So good!

I know this book is pretty popular because it was made into a movie…but I can personally vouch that the book is way better. It takes place over the span of 20 years between two people and how their lives intertwine with each other during the same day every year. A real pleasure reading this one. (submitted by CF)

Feb 01, 2017

This was absolutely one of the best books I have read.
A great story, so well written.

Jul 01, 2016

One Day is the story of the friendship between Emma and Dexter, beginning on July 15, 1988, when they are two young adults fresh out of university. With each chapter occurring exactly one year later, the reader is offered a glimpse of how their friendship, lives and careers progress, with and without each other.

A friend once pointed this book out to me because the significant date in this book, July 15, is also an important date in my family (i.e., the day my spouse and I first met, as well as our wedding anniversary). I finally picked it up for a read after seeing it cross my path at the library one too many times. It was a bit of a struggle at times to identify with either of them -- Dexter spends a good portion of the book being a fairly unlikable guy, and they both suffer from poor judgment to the extent that I frequently found myself desiring to shake them and shout, "No! Stop! What are you doing?!" Overall, an OK read.

If you loved “When Harry Met Sally” you’ll adore young Brits Emma and Dex as they navigate the 20 years post university in like (always) in love with each other (maybe) in love with others (often) in lust (along the way). Sharp, comic, brilliant dialogue will keep you hooked far into the night or best read it over a weekend. In any case, a must read BEFORE the movie.

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