I don’t often read romance. I find a lot of it cliche, over the top, or just too badly written to hold my attention. I am incredibly picky and because of this I especially don’t read seasonally based romances (or stories in general).
That being said, when several bloggers I look up to picked up the book as well as the Book of the Month Club having it available as one of the December selections, I had to pick up Josie Silver’s One Day In December and see what all the hype was about.
The story follows Laurie and her friend Jack over ten years of friendship as they move around each other in this awkward dance between love and friendship as Jack is involved with Laurie’s best friend, Sarah. Over these ten years, Laurie is plagued by disappointment and loss, while Jack faces his own tragedies.
Right from the get go I loved Laurie. She was funny and real and her struggles with being stuck in dead-end jobs really resonated with where I currently am in my life. Her group of friends is wonderful and even Jack felt like one of my own best friends. I enjoyed how the first person narrative shifts between Laurie and Jack so we get to see the man’s side of the story which I’ve never come across in heterosexual romance novels before (not that I’ve read many anyway).
This book made me laugh out loud, it made it cringe in embarrassment, it made me uncomfortable over manipulative behaviour, it made me ugly cry through both the happy parts and the devastating ones. It’s been awhile since an adult novel made me feel this way and I’ve never felt this emotionally connected to a romance novel. But, really, this book is more than just a love story. It’s about how we gain and lose the people we love most in our lives and how interconnected people can be. It’s about believing there’s a right time and a right place to be and having faith in your friends.
This is the perfect book to read when you’re feeling down around the holidays and I’m so happy I took the leap and bought it this season. While some moments were rough for me to get through, I am not lying when I say I want to read this book every December, and remind myself things will be okay if I just keep moving forward. Just like Laurie and Jack.