I first caught a glimpse of this title before it was published and knew right away it was something I wanted to read. Sometimes you just get a feeling that a book is going to be really good.
The tale spans 20 years starting in 1988 and recounts one particular day (July 15) and how the two main characters’ lives intertwine and release and how find their ways back to each other. Emma and Dexter are the types of characters that are easy to relate to. I mean, who doesn’t have an Emma or a Dexter in their own lives – someone who you’ve known for years and no matter how awful things might get between you, you still find that friend you need in them.
The author, David Nicholls, truly knows how to weave a tale that is heartwarming, realistic, and humorous. I don’t want to give the story away, but I will tell you that Dexter has some family issues to deal with that are stressful at times and that he seems to be the perpetual child who keeps searching for something and who is never satisfied. Emma is a little more level-headed but she, too, is pursuing dreams but gets continually sidetracked. Their experiences both separately and together are a full range of emotional twists and turns.
The ending – well, I will only tell you that I was listening to the audio book while driving to Vermont, and upon hearing the unexpected event towards the end of the book – and picture this – I’m in my car on the New York Thruway shouting “No, no, no”. It’s a stunner!
I was thrilled to read the Random House Films/Focus Features/Vintage Books announcement that the book is being made into a movie. It’s being directed by Lone Scherfig and will star Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. It will start in select cities on July 8 and will expand to other cities during the summer. I can’t wait!
This is definitely one of those books that once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down.