Wednesday, February 22, 2012

One Day review

Never thought I would say this about a book, but I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I CAN SEE THE MOVIE!

I like to think that most books are meant to be books. They are meant to be appreciated in their original form because that's what the author intended. But some books are butchered by Hollywood as well all know.

However, this one is a little different because the author, David Nicholls, wrote the screenplay for the movie, so that's promising. Also the trailer looks AWESOME, just as I pictured it in my head, although it's hard to tell whether I pictured Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess while reading the book because I knew they were going to be starring in the movie or whether Nicholls had just described them that well.

Anywho, this is a book review, so best get back to the book - the movie vs. book review shall come later once I get to see it at the end of the month when it comes out on DVD.

I have to be honest and say that, in the beginning, maybe even for the first third of the book, it wasn't blowing my mind. I was even a bit bored. I'm guilty of being one of those people who read a book just because it has a "bestseller" sticker on it, so I was a little disappointed at first. But, I have no idea why, after that first third I couldn't put it down.

Nicholls could be compared to Nicholas Sparks in the way that he weaves a romantic story full of raw emotion and a heart-breaking ending. I admit, I am a Nicholas Sparks fan, but they're the kind of books (except maybe The Notebook which is a classic) that you read when you want a bit of a brain break, something light and something that reminds you of what it's like to be in love. But, although One Day turned into a romance as you would expect, it was a breath of fresh air to have a writer just about as romantic as Sparks but who explores the often neglected subject of friendship.

And the characters are real. They’re not drop-dead stunningly super model gorgeous, they’re just the kind of people you could see youself hanging out with over a few pints at your local. She’s pretty, but a bit dorky. He’s handsome, but not very fit and drinks and smokes too much. But they see beauty in each other, and that’s what it’s all about. I believe that no matter who you are, there will always be someone out there who finds you beautiful.

Male friends are the best, and if you have male friends, I promise you will have many "that's totally us" moments while reading this book.

It is a very poingant look at both sides of a relationship because after all, most people, if they're not stupid, marry their best friend.

Also what was interesting was following these two people in their 20s in the 90s. I was coming into teenage hood in the 90s, so it was different for me. While I was grooving to the Spice Girls in front of the mirror singing into my Impulse can, they were listening to garage bands and starting out life in the adult world without cell phones and Facebook, things people in their 20s today take for granted.

Bring on February 29th! Movie time!

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