Monday, September 13, 2010

One Day...

I finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago, but it has stayed with me, and I have found myself thinking back to it and relating it to a couple of relationships I have had in my life.  Here's a little synopsis:

From the back cover of the book:

It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met.  They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways.  But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another.  As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives-lives very different from the people they once dreamed they'd become.  And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day-July15th-of each year.  Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears.  And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

I'm not going to put on any airs about it.  While I totally recommend this book as a fabulous, clever and intelligent read, it took me a little while to actually get attached to it.  It's one of those reads (at least for me) where I didn't realize my emotional attachment to the characters and their relationship until I was a few chapters from the end and found myself heartbroken and teary-eyed. Although this doesn't make this post much of a book review by my unwillingness to discuss the contents other than what is already given away by the back cover, it's more impactful if you discover it on your own.  This book is definitely well worth the journey.

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