#1 Posted 03/11/2009 22:12:32
David Nicholls' new book; 'One Day' ISBN 9780340896969 (Hardback)
I have just finished this wonderfully funny, but heart wrenchingly moving book. I have not yet read 'Starter for 10', by the same author, so I don't have anything to refer to as far as writing style etc, but in a way I am glad as I was able to read this without any history in my brain.
The book has been written in a wonderful way that charts 20 years of a friendship between Emma and Dexter; from their one night stand at university and on into the future. The clever bit is is that David Nicholls writes each chapter (20 in total) on St Swithin's day, July 15th. This means that for every chapter, a year for the two friend roles by.
I found this way of writing captivating and it kept the pace of the friendship fresh. I didn't feel bogged down in detail and the author didn't spend time filling in too many details from year to year. As a reader you are given maybe just 2 sentences to let you know the main events that have happened during the year, which for me, gave me the information I wanted, but didn't stop the flow of the day being written about.
If you want to read about 2 people who have a deep, lasting and trusting friendship and the highs and lows, scrapes and laughs that they experience through life, then this is the book for you.
Well written, totally cringe making at points and very true to life. I would give it a good solid 9/10.