It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itselfI enjoyed this book. It shows a more realistic, up and down, side of relationships.
The premise is a great one. Two young people meet the night of their graduation and continue in and out of each others lives. For the next 20 years Nicholls checks in on them on the same day, July 15. Several times you see a certain year just from one point of view or the others, very rarely both. He does very well sticking to this, filling in background information as needed. The characters aren't very deep or profound but I found myself loving them for their little quirks. Though, at times, they did annoy me to no end. I think that's what really drew me in. Nicholls, also, explores many aspects of human nature through Emma and Dexter.
It is funny at times, irritating at others. It also throws a heart-breaking twist in a time or two. The big twist has thrown many people I know off the book entirely. I believe the author redeems himself afterward though. It is not my favorite love story I have ever read but it is a good one. There are some weaknesses in the story and writing but overall I think it was well written and a great book.
4 out of 5 stars.
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