Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

“I suppose the important thing is to make some sort of difference,” she said. “You know, actually change something.”

“What, like ‘change the world’, you mean?”

“Not the whole entire world. Just the little bit around you.”

David Nicholls, One Day

Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Pages: 435 (Kindle)
Published: June 11th, 2009

My Rating: ★★★
Read: 10/3/2023 – 10/4/2023


This book hadn’t been on my radar at all but it came up as a suggestion when playing around with ChatGPT when I asked for books similar to the movie The Girl in the Cafe. It also fit in for a reading challenge prompt for a book suggested by a random generator, so I picked it up right away. 

Dex and Emma spent a day together in 1988. They never left each other’s minds. That date becomes the focal point of decades of love, loss, mistakes, successes, and growing up. 

I was hooked at the very start of the book but my interest fizzled out quickly. I didn’t connect to the characters at all which made for a less enjoyable reading experience. Took away some great quotes though, so I’m glad I stuck with it. 

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Witty writing.
  • Amazing flow.

What I didn’t like:

  • I found the characters pretty dry.


Was this similar to The Girl in the Cafe? Not really, but I guess the vibes were similar. Still wasn’t a bad recommendation for me.

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