"One Day" by David Nicholls
One Day is the story of Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley, or "Dex and Em", two friends who met at university and spent a drunken night together after their graduation. But after that one day, they know must go their separate ways and begin their adult lives. The book checks in with them every year on the anniversary of that date, July 15th, and for twenty years we watch them grow, love, learn and lose, both together and apart.
The concept of this book, the one day, is brilliant. Dex and Em have an on and off, up and down friendship and in visiting them on only one day a year, there is a suspense created as to where their friendship has gone. In addition to this, their stories are an example of how life doesn't always go how we hope or plan.
At the end of each chapter, the reader can only want to turn the page to find out what the next year has brought them. You will root for Dex and Em, understanding how life can bring about the worst timing, hoping that they can get their relationship and lives to where they both want it to be.
If you finished your teens in the late 80's as they did, you will relate to the cultural and political changes that occurred throughout their lives and the changes that Dex and Em went through in relation to them. Even if that isn't your generation you will still relate to the way we all grow and mature over time and the way of our relationships do the same.
One Day is a beautiful love story wrapped up in so many emotions. It is well-written, relatable, and engaging. It is a must-read and a book you won't be able to put down.