*CONTAINS SPOILERS*After being told to read this by one of my friend's younger sisters (and seeing the movie trailer) i set out to own this book. Luckily, my step-mum decided to treat me and buy this on a deal with The Single Girl's To-Do List for me!
At first, i really struggled to get into this book. I loved Emma and hated Dexter with a passion. For a while, i just left it on the side, untouched, because i wasn't getting into it. Then i was on twitter one day and i saw a friend of mine make a goodreads post about the book and he was ahead of me. So, the race was on...
He did finish the book before me but i'm glad i got all competitive about it, because if i hadn't, then i probably wouldn't of picked the book up again.
As the book progresses, the characters develop and become their own - duh. I slowly grew to like Dexter more and sympathise for him over this mothers death. Emma was as always, lovely.
The thing i love the most about it is the fact each chapter is the same day but a year on. That way, it becomes faster paced and easier to read. It's also in third person which is a love of mine.
I didn't think that i was that attached to the book but i found myself wishing for Emma and Dexter to get together, to marry, to start a family. So, when it all came crumbling down and impossible, i cried. I cried for the loss of Emma, for how Dexter would cope, for the fact she never got to start a proper family with Dexter, that she was only 39 and there was no justice to her death.
Saying this though, i feel like Nicholls made this ending a complete cop-out. I don't believe Dexter and Emma's lives should have ended that way - i like the think that when Emma died, a part of Dex did too. I feel like the ending was a rush and it ruined the story. I felt myself willing the author to change his words, for him to make them live happily but that's a cliche. So, for that the story does have a realistic edge to it because we don't always live happily ever after. We do lose loved ones and it will be out of our control. So, as much as i hate the ending, i think it's clever how Nicholls gave it the realistic twnag to it.
I would recommend this book to all readers. It's easy to read, once it picks up. It's lighthearted in parts and is funny. The character are loveable, even Dexter..