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One Day - A Novel
by David Nicholls | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingMissMarkeywing of Harwell, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on 2/20/2012
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by GoryDetails): travelling


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3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingMissMarkeywing from Harwell, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 23, 2012

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This is a RABCK for tobysrus. Hope you enjoy this book :) 


Journal Entry 2 by wingMissMarkeywing at Camden Court Hotel in Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Friday, March 23, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (4/13/2012 UTC) at Camden Court Hotel in Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland

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Released at the World Bookcrossing Convention in Dublin 2012. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingtobysruswing at Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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A RABCK from MissMarkey from my wishlist! Thanks! Given to me at the 2012 Dublin Bookcrossing Anniversary Convention!  


Journal Entry 4 by wingtobysruswing at Panera Bread, Porter Square, 5 White Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Released 2 mos ago (9/23/2017 UTC) at Panera Bread, Porter Square, 5 White Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Mt. TBR is taking over my house, so I have decided to get some books that have been stalled with me moving. Thanks everyone for your patience! Will be released at a Boston Bookcrossers meeting this afternoon.
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Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Had a lovely meetup in Porter Square, Cambridge, on this very warm afternoon. This book caught my eye due to the cover-art, and when I saw that it originally came from MissMarkey I had to pick it up. (Hi, MissMarkey!) Seems it inspired a 2011 film.

[There's a short TV Tropes page on the book and film, with some entertaining tidbits.] 


Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, October 26, 2017

8 out of 10

I wasn't sure I'd like this - the whole romantic will-they/won't-they odd-couple concept isn't one of my favorites - but no sooner had I dipped into the book than I found myself caught up in it. While both of the main characters were flawed - Emma in a slightly more believable way, Dex in an over-the-top bad-boy/self-deluded way - I still found their ups and downs intriguing, and the author managed to convey a lot with the "one day from each year" setup. (I'd thought this meant they only *met* one day each year, but that's not the case; sometimes they spent a lot of time together, or at least communicating, over the course of the year, and sometimes they weren't in touch at all. It's just that the narrative itself only covers one day a year - July 15th - with some amount of "what's happened since we last checked in" being handled via dialog or narration, and the emphasis being on how the passage of time is affecting the characters and their various relationships.)

This is one of those books where I wound up flagging LOTS of pages for possible citation, leaving me with far too much to choose from. And many of the favorite bits were so context-sensitive that it'd take a lot of quoting to explain why I liked them so much. I'll just say that I really enjoyed the writing here, even when I didn't like the characters or what they were doing - I often wanted to shake them and/or pass them along to a favorite advice-column ("Captain Awkward" would have known what to tell them!). I liked the way we get each character's views of themselves and of each other, sometimes with additional comments from secondary characters to fill out the picture even more. There are some wonderfully suspenseful and tantalizing "if only..." bits here and there, with missed messages, lost letters, should-I-call-no-never-mind moments - and, eventually, some highly satisfactory plot twists. (And some very jarring ones, but I won't get into spoiler territory.)

The secondary characters are interesting in themselves, but more so as they affect the main characters. From the cringe-inducing would-be-stand-up-comic to the tightly-wound upper-crust love-interest, they add depth to the story, and give Dex and Emma something else to fret over, gripe to each other about, and cope with. But it's Dex and Emma and their off-and-on friendship (with or without benefits), their zingy dialogue, their dreams gained and lost... I really enjoyed this book.

I plan to recommend this title to my book group, as it seems like great discussion fodder (whether one likes it or not - sometimes the disliked books lead to better discussions than the ones everybody loves). And I'll be looking for more of the author's work.  


Journal Entry 7 by wingGoryDetailswing at Daniel Webster Hwy (see text for details) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Released 1 mo ago (10/26/2017 UTC) at Daniel Webster Hwy (see text for details) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I plan to leave this book on a bench in the entrance to Not Your Average Joe's restaurant on DW Highway when I stop by for lunch. Hope the finder enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2017 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2017 Tick Tock release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2017 Movie release challenge. ***  


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