I can definitely see why this books is a bit love it or hate it. The story of Dexter and Em is given to us in snapshots, Starting from their meeting at uni up to their late 30s, the book oozes sexual tension, but with an increasingly dark edge which reminded me of Sally Rooney’s novels.
I really loved the way One Day was structured. By writing about the same day each year we get to see how the characters change and mature at different, fluctuating rates, but also how their circumstances can change so suddenly or not at all over the course of years. Sometimes it feels like key events have been missed out in the story, but actually I think this gives the characters more relatability – we get to see a mix of the good days, the boring days and the bad days and the knock-on effects of the smaller things that happen in their lives.
Whether you like them or not, these characters are excellent and well-developed throughout the entire book. Em starts out as someone who is highly intelligent but without any clear direction in life, whereas Dexter is posh, affable and blessed with a natural confidence that he rides on. The pair contrast greatly, but in exploring their relationship we discover the depths of their characters.
I really enjoyed this book and I think Nicholls’ writing is superb, especially as a man writing from a woman’s point of view. My only complaint is that it lost some of it’s humour as the story progressed. I was often chuckling at the start but the book thinned out on the funny as it went on and became pretty dark.
This wonderful novel spans generations and combines the power of 12 startling voices to share the experiences of British women of color. Mainly set in London we hear the story of a proud black lesbian playwright, her sassy super-feminist daughter and a sexually fluid millennial, just to name a couple.
It’s Black History Month in the UK and I decided this year I should finally get round to reading some of those incredible stories that I haven’t quite made time for yet.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn has a wonderful fairy-tale feel, combining Persian mythology with elements of Sleeping Beauty, to give us the story of a girl who is poisonous to the touch as she is determined to find her place in the magical world around her.