david nicholls one day

One Day by David Nicholls 

Finished 05/02/2017

15th July. A typically unextraordinary day but the day around which this entire book centres. One Day relies on a simple premise; follow the story of two people on the 15th July 1988… and every 15th July for the next twenty years.

By following our characters for such a long period of time we get to experience not only their changes as individuals but also the developments in their relationship. It’s a classic friends to lovers story. It’s funny, eloquent, and hard hitting. Another benefit of telling such a long story is that everyone can relate to it. Whether you’re in university, struggling in a dead end job, or watching all your friends walk down the aisle, there will be a moment in this book reminiscent of your own life.

This book is presented as a romance novel but personally I view it more as a tale of friendship. If I’m honest, I much preferred the earlier half of the book- by the time any romance started to develop it no longer made sense to me. I was more interested in watching their friendship and it felt like the relationship developed out of comfort and familiarity more than love. But like I said, I found this book enjoyable for it’s portrayal of friendship, despite not being particularly interested in any romantic developments.

I feel I should mention the ending but don’t want to ruin it for anyone so this will be spoiler free. I’ll admit, I’d seen the movie a long time ago so I knew what was coming. However it was much less spectacular than I remember; It felt like an attempt to force emotion out of the reader. It made little sense in terms of the story, more like the characters had reached their destination and the author was unsure how to end the story in a way that would make the reader feel something. Had I been more involved in the romantic side of Dex and Em’s relationship I would probably have been more affected, but as it stands it just felt like a bit of a cop out.

Overall I enjoyed One Day, the first half more so than the second. If you enjoy contemporary romance then you’ve probably already read it but if not, I’d give it a chance. It’s a fun premise that’s easy to get into and on the whole an enjoyable read.

What are you going to do with your life?“ In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer… "Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.
‘You know what I don’t understand?
You have all these people telling you all the time how great you are, smart and funny and talented and all that, I mean endlessly, I’ve been telling you for years. So why don’t you believe it?
Why do you think people say that stuff, Em?
Do you think it’s a conspiracy, people secretly ganging up to be nice about you?’
She pressed her head against his shoulder to make him stop or else she felt she might cry.
—  one day by david nicholls
Just Kidding | Yoongi

Summary: Because ‘just kidding’ was exactly what people said when they meant every word
Genre: Lots of fluff.
Word Count: 1,630
Author’s Note: Based off the quote from One Day by David Nicholls

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It’s safe to say that words have never really been Min Yoongi’s strong suite.

Not the verbal kind, anyways.

Lyrically, Yoongi likes to think that he’s pretty handy when it comes to the written word. The way he could produce rhythm and rhyme out across the paper with ink has always fascinated him, especially given that he’s usually not the most eloquent person when it comes to expressing himself.

From the very start, he always hid himself behind music, a consistent force in his life. While he knows that most people would disregard him, grow bored and tired of him and his inability to maintain conversation and keep an emotional balance, the piano could never judge him. He could pour his heart and soul into the instrument through the only way he knew how to, and he would get something in return he would never feel with other people. A melody, something steady, something peaceful that he could retire to everyday.

For most of his life, he never worried about needing to express himself. He use to believe that music would probably always be his only outlet in terms of displaying his emotions to other people. He never once thought that he would have to put himself at the forefront of his own affections, insecurities, and despairs. He was content to just let his music do all the talking for the words he knew that deep down, he would be too afraid to admit out loud.

But as cliche as it sounds, everything changed when he met you.

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What are you going to do with your life?“ In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer… "Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.