(I don’t really spoil anything in the book, but I might make vague references to things that happen. Heed this possible-spoiler warning!)
I had heard about this novel, probably reading it in an issue of Entertainment Weekly. Little did I know how much I would absolutely fall in love with the book and its characters. The concept is fairly simple. One day in the lives of Dexter and Emma, each chapter being a different year of that same day: July 15th.
David Nicholls builds the characters so subtly and gradually that you grow up with the pair, as they grow up and find themselves. The instant spark and chemistry between Dex & Em is so evident, and you wonder what happens with each passing year. Obviously they’ll encounter trials & tribulations along the way (or else it’d make for a pretty boring book!)
The book starts out with the morning after graduation, Dex & Em together. Fresh out of university with the entire world to conquer. All the fears and uncertainties of growing up, and making it in the “real world”. Wondering if a guy & a girl can be platonic friends without the jealousies and questions of “what if”. I found myself wanting to strangle one of the characters so many times, with all their bad timing! They just can’t catch a break!
It’s a story of love, both of friendships & relationships. A refreshing change, with a male author, which in this case, gives a different point of view – delving more into the insecurities of a male who’s no longer in his early 20’s.
Absolutely fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down, and as much as I wanted to see if/when it all works out for Em & Dex, I didn’t want the book to end.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5 stars)