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Follow Me on TwitterColleen Rutledge provides regular contributions to OurHometown.ca from the Youth Perspective. Colleen is a journalism student at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario. If you have questions or wish to contact Colleen, you can email her at crutledge@ourhometown.ca
One Day is about loneliness, compromise and not getting what you want
Colleen Rutledge
St. Lawrence College

One Day is about loneliness, compromise and not getting what you want
David Nicholls creates a realistic world with his writing through the balance of heartwarming humor and tragic coincidences. The world is not perfect, no one has a perfect life and no one is ever always happy. People grow old, ideals change and worst of all, people die. One Day is about loneliness, compromise and not getting what you want, sometimes until it’s too late.
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Cornwall - Jan. 8, 2012 - One Day by David Nicholls chronicles the lives of Emma and Dexter on July 15, St Swithin’s Day. Emma Morley is a middle-class woman with a dream and a passion to save the world and Dexter Mayhew is a privileged man who parties his way around the world. The novel covers twenty years, and therefore twenty days of their lives both together and apart.

One Day illustrates the darker side of life and how dreadful fate can be. David Nicholls creates a realistic world with his writing through the balance of heartwarming humor and tragic coincidences. The world is not perfect, no one has a perfect life and no one is ever always happy. People grow old, ideals change and worst of all, people die. One Day is about loneliness, compromise and not getting what you want, sometimes until it’s too late.

However, Nicholls tells one of the best tales of love and friendship that I have ever read, and he tells it over only twenty days. His characters are not perfect, and he tends to show their flaws more than their strengths. Dexter is arrogant and so flawed that it almost breaks your heart. Emma is timid and doesn’t have the motivation to fulfill her lofty dreams. Despite that, you truly fall in love with Dexter and Emma when you read the novel. In the end, they grow into two complete people and live full lives.

One Day is the story of Dex and Em, Em and Dex.


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