One Day by David Nicholls
Published June 2, 2010
- Author David Nicholls
Argh! This is another book that I absolutely loved reading but was left so disappointed by the ending. After the disaster that was Hannibal, I am beginning to spot a pattern. Anyway, let’s start at the beginning. I picked up this book from the supermarket in a “two for some money” offer. It was nice to get my hands on a shiny new book - something I don’t do very often these days!
The concept appealed to me enormously. Tracking the lives of two people by peeking at them for just one day every year for twenty years. It was unusual and enticing. I was slightly concerned that it would mean either they got together straight away and we would have to follow them through a humdrum existence, or it would be an endless will-they-won’t-they. Actually, it was both of these things but it was brilliant. The writing was exquisite, catching you up on a year’s worth of happenings without being boring, but also dealing with the minutiae of that day without wasting a second. The characters were both fabulous and frustrating, and the years flew by without a second glance.
It was the ending though. Of course no spoilers here, but after all that effort, it just didn’t tie it up properly for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the book, and if I had to, I would read it all over again, but something about the way it ended doesn’t sit well with me. Better that way than to be a forgettable read though!