Published: 18th October 2018
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist. After all, life isn’t a scene from the movies, is it? But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away. Laurie thinks she’ll never see the boy from the bus again. But at their Christmas party a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus. Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life. But what if fate has other plans?
Laurie isn’t happy with how her life is going: she’s stuck in a job that she dislikes, she isn’t madly in love with the man of her dreams and her grand plan of living in London just isn’t what she thought it would be. That is until she meets Jack: she’s on the bus, he’s on the pavement below, their eyes lock and it is the start of something wonderful or something that’ll be very awkward for a number of years…
“I wish I’d never laid eyes on Jack O’Mara.”
The plot focuses on Laurie’s New Year resolutions and one of them happens to be: find bus boy but after a solid year of searching in every bar and sitting on many buses, she has zero luck until he walks through her front door hand in hand with her best friend Sarah. Now that is a film script with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway written all over it. Being the wonderful best friend that she is, Laurie decides not to tell Sarah that her shiny new boyfriend is actually bus boy and that they’re both madly in love with the same person. The way in which Josie wrote the friendship between Laurie and Sarah was just fantastic and quite frankly, you find yourself wanting a friendship exactly like they have (just minus the boy love triangle).
“I told him that there comes a point where you have to make the choice to be happy, because being sad for too long is exhausting.”
The narrative flows with such ease and before you can blink, Laurie is in Thailand having that well deserved time to herself and in actual fact, that is when the plot really changes as Laurie and Jack begin living their lives, realising that they ought to find happiness elsewhere as neither of them want to admit their true feelings. Readers may find themselves enjoying Laurie and Jack doing their own thing because the spark between them wasn’t overly strong and yet when they do find each other, it’s more a cute moment rather than a ‘finally-they’re-together’ one.
“Perhaps it’s time to learn how to stand on our own, rather than lean on each other.”
Josie includes several realistic life topics into the mix of the plot and they all worked into the lives of Laurie and Jack rather well. The one which I found to be the most compelling was Jack’s car accident as this changed his life in quite a few ways (no spoilers, I promise!), but it also changed the lives of Laurie and Sarah as they had to deal with the aftermath of what happened but it also presented one of the girls with their future. Josie has some brilliant sub-plots which weave in and out of the love story and they all work with such ease and you just kind of know where it is all leading to.
“I slump and close my eyes, wondering if there will ever be a time when it feels like all the pieces of my life are in the right place.”
From start to finish, I absolutely loved One Day In December and it is one of those books which is so perfect to read before, during or after the festive period. Even though the plot had it’s own uniqueness, it reminded me a lot of One Day by David Nicholls (another fantastic book), but it wasn’t the love story between Laurie and Jack which made me enjoy the book – it was actually the friendship of Laurie and Sarah. Those two girls had each other’s backs through thick and thin and even though Josie threw a few hiccups into the mix, they were unbelievably loyal to one another and I think that is what every girl wants from her best friend. Overall, the plot was brilliant – full of topics which everyone can relate to, the characters were written with such spectacular detail and their relationships would make anyone green with envy. Josie Silver is a superb author.