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One Day (Vintage Contemporaries)


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ISBN13: 9780307474711
ISBN10: 0307474712
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The questions, discussion topics, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of One Day by 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.

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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.
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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.
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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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Nicholls, David
Vintage Books USA
Forman, Gayle
Romance - General
General Fiction
Love stories
Literature-A to Z
Love & Romance
Edition Description:
Vintage Contemporaries Original
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Grade Level:
from 9
8 x 5.19 x .97 in .715 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 384 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307474711 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] instant classic....One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter."
"Review" by , "Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable."
"Review" by , "[Nicholls] has a gift for zeitgeist description and emotional empathy that's wholly his own.... [A] light but surprisingly deep romance so thoroughly satisfying."
"Review" by , "Nicholls offers sharp dialogue and wry insight that sounds like Nick Hornby at his best."
"Review" by , "Fluid, expertly paced, highly observed, and at times, both funny and moving."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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?"
"Review" by , "A great, funny, and heart-breaking read."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem's story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson's own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.
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A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, theres an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.


Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willems story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

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