One Day In December by Josie Silver | A book review
With the end of December in sight, there is one more book I want to review before the new year begins. One Day in December by Josie Silver is a must-read in December, for obvious reasons.
Although… I read it in November. BUT! I was getting in the Christmas mood and wanted to read all the Christmassy books. I especially reserved One Day in December at the library for this, ha!
Alright, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My thoughts on One Day In December
I really liked the idea of love at first sight. In real life, I don’t think something like that exists, but in books it adds a certain charm to the story. So I was excited that this book had it.
The twists in this story are what really keeps you reading. You keep rooting for Laurie and Jack, but there are a lot of things standing in their way. That made me interested in the book.
Also, the characters are really amazing. Laurie is definitely you new best friend and Sarah is the girl you want to be or the girl you want to be best friends with. In the beginning, Jack is a little of a douche, BUT it makes sense in the story and he comes around in the end.
What I didn’t like is that this book took a loooong time to finish. Like the synopsis said; it takes place in the span of 10 years. 10 YEARS!! Of course there are some factors that make you interested in the story, but there have been (quite some) times that I took a really deep sigh and had to make myself pick the book up again.
The ending also felt very rushed compared to the rest of the book. I think it could’ve been better if there were 5 more pages to finish the story a little better.
I’m a sucker for love and this book has a lot of it, so I still gave it 4/5 stars.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it? What other book is a definite December read?