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'One Day' by David Nicholls - Book Club Discussion Questions

'One Day' - Book Club Questions

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One Day by David Nicholls

One Day by David Nicholls

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One Day by David Nicholls takes on the nature of male-female friendship, love, and career in the post-college years. Use these book club discussion questions on One Day to lead your book club into David Nicholls' novel.

Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions reveal important details about One Day by David Nicholls. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. Do you think Dexter and Emma would have been happy had they admitted their love and devotion to each other much earlier in their lives? Is their love a product of their long, off and on friendship through the years, or could it have been realized even if they'd gotten together earlier? Do you know people who have had a similar relationship?
  2. Why do you think Dexter came so close to telling Emma his true feelings (for example, in the candid letter to her that he stuck in a book and promptly forgot) but then decided against it?
  3. Do you know people who make wrong choices repeatedly and almost seem determined to be unhappy? Do you think this is a good description of Emma? Dexter? Neither?
  4. Did Emma's sudden accident and death take you by surprise? If not, how did you see it coming?
  5. Did Emma ever really love Ian or was she just trying to, hoping to? How did you feel when their relationship ended?
  6. Do you have a favorite character? A least favorite?
  7. The When Harry Met Sally question: What do you think - can a single man and a single woman ever truly be "just friends," or does one of them always want more?
  8. Rate One Day by David Nicholls on a scale of 1 to 5.
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