In 1988 Dexter Mayhew met Emma Morley. After one day together, they couldn’t stop thinking about one another. Over the next twenty years, snapshots of their relationship are revealed on July 15th of each year. Dex and Em experience fights, hopes, missed opportunities, laughter and tears.
As the true meaning of this one day is revealed, Dex and Em must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
I had heard good things about this book and I really wanted to love it. I did love the premise…to visit the same day in two people’s lives over the course of two decades. To see their relationship grow and change and to experience the highs and lows of their lives…just by looking at one day for each year. I thought the idea was brilliant.
I also loved the story…two friends growing up together…experiencing life together…the good and the bad. It’s a quirky sort of love story that takes the really long road to get to the falling in love part. But that’s part of what makes it great…the near misses…the almosts…the possibilities. I never wanted to put the book down because I just had to read on to the next chapter…to find out what happened to Dex and Em the following year.
Unfortunately…I didn’t really like the characters themselves. I found them both to be kind of annoying. Their choices were often completely stupid and incredibly frustrating and their failure to recognize the possibilities right in front of their faces drove me crazy. I kept hoping that something would happen and they would become more likeable or they would grow up and start acting like adults or the would…I don’t know, do something. But I really never got what I was looking for.
And I don’t want to give anything away…but I really hated the ending. It felt a little bit like the author was just trying to prove a point about happy endings.
Yesterday, when I started writing this post, I planned to tell you to skip this one. But I knew Hutch had read the book so I asked her opinion. Turns out, she interpreted the story in a completely different way and for her, the ending meant something else entirely. And I really liked what Hutch had to say.
So I reconsidered. If you are intrigued by the premise as I was, I think you should give this book a chance. You might hate it…or you might love it. Just try to get past the annoying characters and be prepared for the ending…which is definitely not a fairy tale.
Have any of you read it already? What did you think?