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I adored this book. It's funny and smart and so utterly heartbreaking.
Nicholls is brilliant at making characters come to life: we see them walk and hear them talk, smell their perfume and shaving cream, feel their needs, wants, their sorrow. We want to hug them, shout at them, sometimes even knock them over their heads. We KNOW them, would recognize them in a crowd. The authenticity blew me away.
I loved the dialogue. I was a happy fly on the wall listening in on all the characters' great conversations. The dialogue is head-on, not just the witticisms of the main characters, Dexter and Emma, but the smaller characters, from Dexter's tired, beautiful mother to Emma's sad sack boyfriend, Ian, the principal in Emma's school, Dexter's bubbly girlfriend Suki -- they all came to life in dialogue.
Nicholls did a great job, too, at allowing us to see and understand how we can start out one way, but end up a whole other person once life gets a hold of us. Tracing the lives of Dexter and Emma on one day in July, for twenty years, was a clever choice. In any case, it was a pleasure watching Emma and Dexter grow and mature.
This is a must read for everyone who enjoys intelligent entertainment, who likes a great love story, and who is delighted by real characters in real situations.