Sitting in my draft posts for months I thought what better time to post this than when I am for once lost for words…
I have had my eye on this book for ages after seeing all the positive reviews so when I saw it reduced just before Christmas I snapped it up quickly.
The book begins on 15th July 1988 when Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew meet on the night of their graduation in Edinburgh, Scotland. We read where they are each year on the same day over twenty years. We get to know exactly what Emma and Dexter are doing, sometimes worlds apart, sometimes together. Anyone that grew up in the UK in the eighties or nineties will I am sure, relate to this. It actually feels a bit like ‘coming home’. I could identify to so much, I felt as though I was growing up with them, knowing exactly what they were feeling because I had been through a lot of it too.
The book is so simple and yet so complex, it is very clever and I couldn’t help but think, “Why didn’t I ever come up with this storyline?”
At times you want to shake Emma and Dexter, “How can Emma be so silly?” or “How can Dexter be so infuriatingly frustrating and insensitive?” But you can understand it too. I loved Emma’s outspoken manner and sighed deeply at Dexter’s immature behaviour. I got cross at Emma’s lack of ambition, thinking what a waste of that brain and yet surprised at Dexter’s determination to make something of himself while having as much fun as he could at the same time.
There was a little moment in the middle of the book where I was lost for a while and drifted off but the book picked up pace again and near the end it got to a point where nothing else mattered other than finishing it and finding out what happens.
I highly recommend this book especially if you are the same generation, I am sure it will keep you hooked and bring back nostalgic memories of young adulthood and beyond.
I award this 4 out of 5 cupcakes