'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.
Okay, I’m going to lie I was so scared to read this book. It just had CLICHE written in big neon letters to me. However, I was completely utterly surprised (and heartbroken, but we’ll get to that later). This is the most realistic book I’ve ever read just every little aspect of it seemed real. It wasn’t an unbelievable love story, but at the same time it was an unbelievable story of love.
The development between Emma and Dexter is so amazing and so well done. It’s incredible going through each of their lives which is what I really loved. I loved that their real lives genuinely got in the way. It made everything so much more interesting and really built up to the moment. Dexter was a fascinating character with a certain knack for trouble; there are so many moments when you just hate him, but you still find room to love him. Of course, Emma was absolutely amazing! She just knew what the deal was and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind to her best friend. It’s really heartbreaking to go through their troubles together.
The writing was also really good, but sometimes I felt like I could tell the difference between the characters, and the first hundred pages or so feel like they drag on forever. After that, it gets much better and the story gets much more exciting. However, the confusion of characters lasted me throughout the book so I found myself desperately trying to figure out what was going on because it really doesn’t indicate a change unless it’s the start of a chapter.
This books is anything but cliche! It really takes you on a heartbreaking journey. If you read this, you will be completely shocked and heartbroken not just in the end, but all throughout the book. This is not a love story, this is a story about life. I really enjoyed it much more than I anticipated, despite the fact that is does tend to drone on in spots and the perspective changes get a bit confusing. It is one of the most unique stories possibly ever!