I definitely give this book a very high review. Nicholls has rounded out his characters so well that as a reader you have a perfect understanding of them. You may not always agree with their decisions but you understand their personalities well enough to know why they make them.
Sometimes books take the liberty to say everything is perfect so that you feel a sense of comfort. This book isn't that way. It takes a realistic look at a modern day relationship, where life doesn't go always as expected. There are triumphs as well as great losses and many missed opportunities.
Part of the reason I loved this book was because it was very believable of a relationship today. Though it starts in 1988, not much has changed in terms of human compassion. Another reason I loved this book is because I recently graduated from college. Like the young and optimistic Dexter and Emma, I am starting to think what I would like to do in the future. This novel forces you to reflect on your own life and the relationships you already have and where if anyplace you would like to take them.
I highly enjoyed this book and hope you do too! (Plus for the lazy, the film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess opens today 4.19 so there is no reason to miss this decades long story.)
Purchase the book: HERE
Watch the trailer to the film: HERE