Book Talk: One Day and Life Realizations

One Day

It took me long time to finish reading this book because in all honesty, I found the story line quite boring. When I reached the middle part, I lost interest in finishing the book and watched the movie adaptation instead. I know. I've broken one of my personal rules *face palm*

Since I didn't finish the book, I've decided to choose two quotes from Goodreads and here are my picks:

You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.

These words, ladies and gentlemen, scares the heck out of me. When I read this line in the back cover of the book, what rushed in my head was this train of questions: "What if I wasn't supposed to become a photographer or a writer? What if I was supposed to become an engineer or a physicist? What if I met the person I'm supposed to end up with but I just didn't realize it because I was too distracted with my idea of relationships? What if I'll realize all these things when it's all too late?" 

I can go on and on but it'll take another blog post and at least a day for me to finish typing all of it. All these what ifs had been taunting me for as long as I can remember, but what gives me comfort is the fact that the Lord has plans for me that will not harm me but instead, gives me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

This is where it all begins. Everything starts here, today.

We are given only 24 hours a day and it's enough to turn your or somebody else's life around. All you really have to do is to start today.

One Day is a heart-wrenching book. It was well-written, judging from the first few chapters that I've read. I liked the way David Nicholls wrote the book in both Dex and Emma's perspective. Like what one reader said in Goodreads, reading the book felt like "flipping through a stack of polaroids, just a flash of what was going on at a particular time."

The movie adaptation was a-okay. I think Jim Sturgess was the right one to act as Dexter Mayhew, and I can say the same for Anne Hathaway. I didn't quite like the ending though. I wanted Dexter and Emma to have stayed together longer (and maybe have a kid together). I think, what happened to Emma towards the end of the movie, just happened so fast.

Have you read this book? If so, spill! I'd be happy to read all your thoughts about the book.

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