Short book review of “One Day” by David Nicholls

Perhaps it’s because it related to me so powerfully, or because it can relate so powerfully to everybody, but the story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew is one which will stick with me for a long time yet. Based on the novel One Day by David Nicholls, the film documents the same day, July 15th every year from when they first meet on the night of graduation. However, like many movie reconstructions, insatiable English aesthetics and nostalgic overtones (not to mention a generous helping of Jim Sturgess) can only go so far in illustrating the intricate depths of their friendship interwoven in the book. On screen, you would be forgiven to presume it “just another rom-com”, something unfortunately not aided by Anne Hathaway’s attempts at a Yorkshire accent. Nevertheless, the film bursts with genuine life lessons, heart-wrenching reality and deservingly stands as great entertainment in its own right. Even so, read the book! It’s definitely a keeper


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