The questions, discussion topics, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of One Dayby David Nicholls. “A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate, and often unbearably sad” (The Times [London]), One Day was a #1 bestseller in England and across Europe.
Jen in Ohio, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Jen in Ohio)
I came across this book by chance at my library online site and read it on my Kindle. I love finding a great book by surprise - it seems more of a treasure. I'm a sucker for great dialogue, and this had that. While the situation of the characters was depressing, the conceit of the plot was interesting enough to make the story enjoyable. There was a constant tug of hope that the two characters would pull out of their self-imposed miseries and get it together in the end. I'm not sure it was my BEST book of 2012, but it was certainly great and it was my best surprise.
William Steelman, May 9, 2012 (view all comments by William Steelman)
An interesting read and not just for the(possibly) unique method of telling the story. In a way, I suppose it is simply less confusing than The Time Travelers Wife. We are simply meeting two people as they meet through life. A reason to read this book is to understand that the characters are clearly drawn far better and more completely than could possibly be completed in the movie by the same name.
Having watched the movie first, I had very little motivation to pick up the novel as the movie did not do much more than draw one dimensional characters. Seeing these two move through life from a distance left little to like. Reading the novel, the pieces are filled in and though I still am not sure about all motives (like life), it is far more satisfying.
bll1010, April 24, 2012 (view all comments by bll1010)
I loved the way that this book captured a snapshot of each person on the same day each year. In a strange way, it made the book more relateable. While stories normally focus on the big events (weddings, birthday, major struggles) this book simply focused on the day to day of life surrounding those events. One Day is an excellent character study. To spend twenty years with Dexter and Emma makes you feel as if you know them by the time the book is over.
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Vintage Books USA -
"[An] instant classic....One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter."
by Nick Hornby, from his blog,
"Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"[Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own.... [A] light but surprisingly deep romance so thoroughly satisfying."
by The Daily Beast (A Best Book of the Summer),
"Nicholls offers sharp dialogue and wry insight that sounds like Nick Hornby at his best."
by Boston Globe,
"Fluid, expertly paced, highly observed, and at times, both funny and moving."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Those of us susceptible to nostalgic reveries of youthful heartache and self-invention (which is to say, all of us) longed to get our hands on Nicholls's new novel....And if you do, you may want to take care where you lay this book down. You may not be the only one who wants in on the answers."
by Elle, Top 10 Summer Books for 2010,
"Who doesn't relish a love story with the right amount of heart-melting romance, disappointment, regret, and huge doses of disenchantment about growing up and growing old between quarreling meant-to-be lovers?"
by The Early Show [CBS],
"A great, funny, and heart-breaking read."
by Very Short List,
"Funny, sweet and completely engrossing....The friendship at the heart of this novel is best expressed within the pitch-perfect dialogue/banter between the two."
by The Times (London),
"A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad...the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up!...Nicholls's witty prose has a transparency that brings Nick Hornby to mind: it melts as you read it so that you don't notice all the hard work that it's doing."
by The Guardian (London),
"Just as Nicholls has made full use of his central concept, so he has drawn on all his comic and literary gifts to produce a novel that is not only roaringly funny but also memorable, moving and, in its own unassuming, unpretentious way, rather profound."
This international bestseller that follows an unlikely couple for one decade — on the same day each year — is soon to be a major motion picture from Focus Features/ Random House Films.
"A marvelously piercing fiction" (Times Literary Supplement), shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Featuring an introduction by David Nicholls.
From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay
Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything shes not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allysons life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willems story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.
Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....
When he opens his eyes, Willem doesnt know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they arent fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as hed thought. . . .
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.
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