It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—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've been dying to get my hands on this book every since I saw the movie trailer for it over the summer. And no, this has nothing to do with the fact that Anne Hathaway is one of my favorite actresses ever. This book is the reason I'm trying to delve more into adult lit. Just, wow, I was speechless upon finishing.
The plot was so well contrived. Each chapter was a new year, but it was always the same day--July 15--each year. At first, I was iffy about this set up. One day each year? How does that work? Won't the reader miss so much? But I ended up loving how this book was structured. Though it was like seeing snapshots of their lives, I felt as though all the major events were covered, and it was interesting seeing the character age and change in a way that I've never been able to. This story really captured the ups and downs of life perfectly.
Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew meet the night of their college graduation, and from that point on they are "Em and Dex." They are an unlikely pair--total opposites. They're interactions are so frustrating, because you know they want to be together, but neither one of them will take the initiative. Then Dex goes all wild man-ho and Emma doesn't want to deal with it, so they have a falling out for a bit. The thing about them, is that there's no particular reason why they should care for it each other. They just do. They have one of those indescribable relationships that make you wonder. And while Dex is off doing his thing and Em is off doing hers, so much time is wasted. Just, I'm like DON'T YOU SEE?!
I loved Emma. I could relate to her so well. In the beginning, she isn't confident in herself, and is just struggled to find her place in the world. And the fact that she wanted to be a writer was nice. She didn't always make the best choices, but I still found myself rooting for her. And I loved how she was there for Dex--but at the same time stood up for herself and didn't take his crap. And Dex, oh my God I loved him. Even though he could be an ass...at the same time I felt bad for him.
The ending! Oh my God. What the hell? Usually I'm good at predicting endings...but I did not see that one coming AT ALL. I...I couldn't even cry. I was numb and shocked and just.... WHY?!! And Jesus, it came out of nowhere.
The writing itself overall was pretty good. It had me laughing out loud and numb to the point of not being able to cry. It's always a little tough to transition between YA and adult, because the writing in general is just so completely different. But once I got into the story, I flew through it. There were a few parts that dragged a bit, but overall it was good.
And what about some cover love? I feel stupid, but I didn't realize from the computerized cover that those were two silhouettes. And then I got the cover and was like, THOSE ARE FACES?! Haha!
Despite being emotionally traumatized, I love this book.