One Day, Part 1: Early Twenties

Happy New Year, Bookies!

I hope you’re all enjoying One Day. (I know some of you enjoyed it so much, you kept on reading!)

So did anyone else besides me relate to the disappointment of the Early Twenties section? Like Emma, I think, at some point in our lives we all have this desire to do something big, something that could change the world—but then life takes over. Early on, Emma finds herself asking whether she was making a difference, was she where she wanted to be, and she wasn’t alone in questioning herself. The disappointment and uncertainty about real life seemed to be in every character in the book. Dex isn’t sure exactly what he wants to do, but he wants to make a difference. Unfortunately, he is also distracted by the desire to do something that will impress others, mainly women. Dex’s mother, Alison, and Emma’s boss, Scott, find themselves reflecting on how their lives were supposed to be different, yet Alison spent her life working at an antique shop and Scott was a restaurant manager.

Was anyone else frustrated by how Dex was throwing his success in Emma’s face? This bothered me, but I think that he wanted to save Emma from her life and he thought that showing her his life would be momentum for her to change her situation. I don’t think Emma thought about saving Dex, but she was always trying to expand his brain by sending him books. They were opposites and I believe Dexter knew it, which is why he got the ying-yang tattoo.

Despite their differences, Dex and Emma know that their feelings for each other are more than friendship, but neither one will say so. Who do you all think will be the first to admit his or her true feelings?

Keep reading everyone. . .I will be back next Monday with my thoughts about the Late Twenties section of the book.

—Danielle

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