One Day in December|Book Review

One Day in December – Published 2018

“Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.” – Goodreads

I LITERALLY CANNOT REVIEW THIS BOOK WITHOUT SPOILING IT, SO IF YOU WANT TO READ IT, PLEASE DON’T KEEP READING WHAT I AM ABOUT TO TYPE.

I cannot do my typical WHAT I LIKED and WHAT I DID NOT LIKE structure, because I just don’t know how to feel about this book. Everything’s a blur in my head, so I am just going to try to decipher some thoughts. Do with them what you will. And, please, someone tell me they’ve read this, too.

  • So, it took me a long time to realize One Day in December and We Met in December are two different books. I am super guilty of buying a book and then checking it out from the library digitally so that I can read on my phone/tablet in bed and not need to use a headlamp (nerd alert) to read the physical copy. So, I had been CARRYING AROUND WITH ME, ON MY ACTUAL PERSON, We Met in December thinking it was the same book I was reading on my kindle. It wasn’t until I read MULTIPLE PAGES of the physical copy that I realized it was not the same book.
  • needed to know what happens with these characters, but I was honestly not rooting for ANY of them, except Oscar. Lu should have come clean about Bus Boy right away to her very.best.friend.that.is.good.enough.to.call.a.SISTER. Sarah shouldn’t have stayed in a relationship she wasn’t happy in. Jack should have been honest with Lu and Sarah from the get. They should not have kissed. They should have confessed. Lu should have told her mother in law off, and Sarah should have been honest with Jack about Luke. Oh, and my sweet, sweet Oscar shouldn’t have been emotionally attached to his ex or even allowed himself to be away from his beloved wife that much if he knew a temptation should grow. UGH.
  • I did not like how it was a lot of tell vs. show from the author. Some plot holes were just filled in months later by telling, and I think it would have been more interesting to see it unfold instead.
  • I really, really liked Oscar. He’s the only one I could make a case for. I really did want Lu to wise up and them to compromise about their careers and living situations. I wanted them to have a baby. I wanted him to move back and her to work from home while taking care of a child and to vacation often to get away from everything.
  • Okay, fine, the ending is alright. They’re both so obsessed with each other that I guess they should end up together.
  • Holy hell that was sad when her dad had a heart attack. So, so, sad.
  • It also got me good when Jack stood up to speak at the wedding.

OVERALL RATING

I don’t know. Four I guess?

4 stars

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