Two very different people, Emma and Dexter spend just one day together after they graduate. One Day tells the story of how they go through the rest of their lives in and out of the others’. It is an emotional journey of their relationship, and how growing up changes a person.
Emma and Dexter were great main characters in that they had so many flaws, and at times I was so angry about their decisions, but I could not help but root for them throughout their whole story. As the years went by, they evolved just like people do into different versions of themselves, but never losing the main trait that made them truly them. These characters felt so real and never idealized, something that is very much appreciated.
One thing I loved about the writing in this novel is the way the thoughts flowed. It felt as if you were actually thinking in time with the characters, instead of after the fact, something that is not easily done even when the writing is in present tense. It also was reduced as they both got older, which felt very genuine to reality. And, while it was very easy to put myself into the minds of Emma and Dexter, I also found myself as a sort of middle-man between the two. I was so involved with their story, but I was at the same time an observer which I found interesting.
This tale is witty and it is heartbreaking, and it is one that makes you want to rip your hair out at times. This novel has everything it needs to tell a beautiful story of the complexities and tribulations that lie in having and keeping relationships. It is equal parts bleak and hopeful, something I believe is very authentic to growing older.
Prepare to shed tears for these two characters and their story.