Mrs Mitchell’s fabulous summer book choice

We asked everyone working at our  school to tell us what captured their reading imagination over the summer holidays and received some really interesting replies.  Mrs Mitchell could not put David Nicholls’s One Day down…:

“I have just finished a book called ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls, published by Hodder.  It proved to be a fascinating insight into the lives of two new graduates, both from different backgrounds and with different expectations of and ambitions for their future.  Their paths kept crossing throughout the following 18 years or so and much of the narrative is the thoughts going on in their heads on each anniversary of their graduation day. The reader is aware that sometimes because of apathy or because the character is too caught up in his or her current life style that opportunities slip by for the two main characters to face up to their need of and desire for one another.  After life’s experiences have taken their toll they eventually commit to one another, an event which is so inevitable it is a very understated occurrence. Although I didn’t like either of the two main characters very much I found the book compulsive reading and had to make time for my daily ‘fix’ of it.  I found the end was totally unpredictable and the fate of one of the characters truly shocking.”  This is definitely going to be the next book on my reading list…


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

2 thoughts on “Mrs Mitchell’s fabulous summer book choice”

  1. I agree completely with Mrs Mitchell’s comments about not particularly caring for the protagonists, however, I was gripped by their story and felt it difficult to put the book down. I enjoyed the writing and feel very much as though I had lived through this period of my life again, being the same age as the characters in the book! Or thereabouts…

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