You know that feeling that’s only obtained at Christmas? The one where you have copious amounts of good wine and chocolate to consume at the same time, and there’s just that feeling, isn’t there? One of utter joy. You think gleefully, I’m going to get very overweight and very happy all at the same time.
Reading One Day by David Nicholls is just like that feeling. I for one certainly overindulged a lot this Christmas, but what I perhaps overindulged in most was my absolute adoration of David Nicholls wonderful writing style, his quick wit and his alarmingly alive characters, who gripped me and held me until the very last page.
This is why I spent most of the Christmas season tired; not because I was recovering from eating badly and drinking more than one day in a row, but because I spent my nights riding the bumpy roads of the lives of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew.
One Day tells the story of Emma and Dexter, and how their lives intertwine at various points over the course of twenty years. Their relationship is initiated on 15th July 1988, after their graduation from university, and Nicholls delicately traces the events of the 15th July for years afterwards. This unusual narrative method compliments the dizzying lives of our protagonists as they bounce in and out of each other’s lives, as far as India and Italy.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Nicholls’ writing is his ability to make the reader laugh. It is rare, while reading an (admittedly slightly romantic) novel to find yourself convulsing with laughter. If you’re looking for that to happen to you, grab the nearest copy of One Day, and prepare to hibernate for days until you finish it. And then, you can emerge from the mist of the underground and face the world with the wild array of emotions that this novel will leave rebounding around your tired little noggin.
And if you feel like being lazy, and think you’ll watch the film adaptation instead, then listen up: Do not watch that film! Hear me? It’s absolutely dreadful, and if you read the book first it will leave you with a terrible sense of betrayal, that somebody could trample on such wonderful characters.
So what are you waiting for? You should already be reading it!