It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives—lives very different from the people they once dreamed they'd become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.
Over 20 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.
©2010 David Nicholls (P)2010 Random House
"[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)
"[Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own.... [A] light but surprisingly deep romance...thoroughly satisfying." (Entertainment Weekly)
This is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. I already miss the characters. Nicholls does an incredible job of capturing both the female and mail perspectives.
Maybe the 30 somethings can relate. I kept trying to get into book this but these two characters were so self absorbed and clueless it was just tiresome.
The narrator was fine.
If you like reading about snarky self-absorbed people, boy have I got a great one for you. I am all for contemporary British humor with an edge (Ricky Gervais... Ben Elton... ) but this one left me constantly checking how many pages I had left to read. I would never have finished it if it hadn't been part of my book club.
Now, I had not seen the film so had no real expectations but this book just completely let me down despite reading all the favourable reviews beforehand. The characters were drawn out nicely but that was just about it. Throughout the story I kept waiting for some turning point then at least for a grand finale that would put a point to it all but, sadly, it never came. I had to fast forward the last chapters to get to the end. If I had just been reading it in hard copy, I'd probably skip to the end in the middle and then put it away. I guess this just really wasn't my cup of tea.
I usually enjoy books that span a lifetime, or at least a long time, but this was the exception. Instead of the story becoming rich with history as the book went one, it just became painful. I wanted to bonk both of the main characters over the head during most of the book, but held on thinking surely they would mature. Unfortunately they didn't.
Despite the story falling short, some of the writing was quite well done and humorous. The narration was very good and is what saved the book from being put out to pasture before its completion.
This was a very dreary listening experience for me. I thought the woman who read it was less than inspiring, sort of a monotone rendering, I guess. The story itself is hard to follow at times and outright boring for most of the hours and hours it ran. I found myself just hoping it would end by the time it finished. Part of the problem, I think, are the main characters themselves. They're neither likeable nor hateable. They're a couple of blah folks who aren't terribly interesting from the start and by the end you just want them to go away.
This is possibly the longest most boring story ever. Two people,I did not like either one of them, hid their feelings for each other for 12 years. FINALLY they get together and then she dies. I hoped this was the end...but no! It goes on for 3 MORE years as he disintegrates emotionally.
This was an okay book, nothing spectacular, although the narrator was very good. I absolutely hated the ending; it was a terrible disappointment. I had heard such good things about this book and had really anticipated listening to it, but I found it just....blah. Just not to my taste at all.
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