One Day in December by Josie Silver

I absolutely adored this book!!


A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

   – Goodreads

Genre(s): Romance, Fiction, Women’s Literature
Publisher: Broadway Books
Expected Publication: October.16.2018

*Thank you First to Read for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

My Review:
Laurie and Sarah are best friends. They met on their first day of uni and have been inseparable ever since. Rooming together for about 5 years. When Laurie has a moment with a strange man at a bus stop whilst she’s on the bus, she quickly tells Sarah she has found her dream man. And for a year, the two spend time looking around for “bus boy”. 

Of course, when Laurie finds him, it had to be her best friend’s new boyfriend. The one she is quickly falling in love with. Heartbroken by the turn of events, she hides the truth from Sarah and at her friend’s insistence, strikes up a friendship with Jack, bus boy.

Yes, you may think where this story is going to go. And you wouldn’t be completely wrong. But, the way the story is woven, will keep you firmly rooted to the book with a big smile on your face. 

When the book begins, Laurie and Sarah are sharing a flat together. They are in their early-20’s, living in London and trying to start their careers. Sarah, the more outgoing of the two is having a bit more success. While Laurie, the quieter one, is floundering a bit. They complement each other though. And to see their friendship, you realize how realistic it is. Because even though they are thick as thieves, they do have one big argument that kind of derails their friendship. But they’ve been friends for too long and nothing is really going to way of that. 

The story itself is told in alternating viewpoints between Laurie and Jack. The main one being Laurie’s, beginning with that day in December when she and Jack first lay eyes on each other in 2008. From there, the story progresses, encapsulating almost a decade of these characters lives in one book. And this format works. It doesn’t make the story long or too tedious. It’s not a month by month account. Rather, snippets every few months of what the characters have been going through at the moment. 

I should mention that because the story takes place primarily in London, the language reflects it. A lot of British expressionisms are used. Some went over my head, but that didn’t bother me. I’m pretty sure I got the gist of them. Besides, the writing is top-notch. 

Final Thoughts:
I loved loved loved this book! I honestly cannot wait for this book to be published so I can buy a copy for my best friend. It actually sparked a discussion between us as I told her about this read. What would we want the other to do if we were in a similar situation. Quite enlightening. Now, I have not stepped into my local indie bookstore all year and I am willing to pay full price for this one. That’s how enthralled I am with this book!

This book is perfect for hopeless romantics. Or for those in need of a good romance story. Cannot recommend this book enough. Seriously. ❤

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Mini-Reviews: Judy Blume, Gidget & Lauren Graham

It’s summer and I’m getting through books faster than I usually do. Hence the mini-reviews. I am not complaining though. Let’s see how well this pace keeps up before I burn myself out haha. 

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Caitlynn and Victoria (“Vix”) have two distinct backgrounds but meet when they’re 12 years old. Every summer since,they spend it at Caitlynn’s family home on Martha’s Vineyard. This is the story of their friendship, and how they grew up and followed different paths in life.

The dynamic of their friendship is weird. Vix wishes she had Caitlynn’s life. So as little girls, she does what Caitlynn wants. Never once questioning her actions. Which is why Caitlynn likes her. As adults though, you realize that Caitlynn is struggling. She cries out for help in her own way but Vix kind of blows her off. And there are all these revelations that make you think, they were shitty people to each other. Yet, they’re still friends. 

Caitlynn’s dad and stepmom become Vix’s benefactors, giving her opportunities that she otherwise may not have had. Vix follows the path that everyone assumes Caitlynn was destined for. She goes to college, she maintains a healthy relationship with Caitlynn’s parents, she marries, she has a baby. While Caitlynn travels the world, never once returning to the island. She sort of drifts along. That is until she decides to settle down and marry Vix’s first love on her birthday!

Yeah. That happens. Vix started dating Bru, an islander, when she was about 16 years old. They maintained an on-again/off-again relationship for about 4-5 years while she was in college. When he proposes, she turns him down and that’s the end of that. Fast forward a few years and he is engaged to Caitlynn. Caitlynn who has only recently returned to the island. Caitlynn who one day out of the blue rings Vix and invites her to the island because she is getting married. When Vix asks to who, Caitlynn is so matter of fact. Talking about “I thought you knew”, and you have to be my maid of honor, and oh we’re getting married on your birthday so you never forget our anniversary. What?! Girl, bye! 

This is my first adult novel by Judy Blume. And, um… haha. I liked it. I really did. I loved the setting. I loved the writing. I loved the story. It’s an interesting take on childhood friendships and how they change when we grow up and experience life. But. The ending. Something happens and it’s open to interpretation. Sigh. This always bothers me. I do have a theory though… 

Gidget by Frederick Kohner

I am completely biased when it comes to this book. Gidget is a precocious teen and Moondoggie is swoon-worthy haha. I love it!

It’s summer and Franzie goes for a swim at the beach when she gets caught in the waves. Enter Moondoggie. A surfer that pulls her out of the water. He rides the wave in, with Franzie on the board, and what ensues are Gidget’s attempts to learn how to surf and become a part of the all-boy crew.

The book is a good look at 50’s surfing culture in Malibu. It is also The Catcher in the Rye for women. Gidget is trying to grow up fast but she is also scared to do so. She’s funny, she’s adorable and strong-willed. While she’s fallen head over heels for Moondoggie, it is surfing she has truly fallen in love with. 

In all fairness I should mention there is an instance of cheating. But it is important to remember dating norms were different in the 50’s. Even wholesome Nancy Drew dates other guys, even though she has Ned. So, don’t judge the book by today’s standards. (Didn’t I say I was biased? ;)) 

My book is signed by the real-life Gidget!!! 😀

The story was inspired by Kathy Kohner’s own surfing adventures in Malibu. Her father took her stories, fictionalized them, and wrote this book in 6 weeks! This is actually the first book in the series. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to read the rest :/ (I can’t find them in any bookstore!)

A quick, easy, summer read! Read the books, watch the movies and tv show! 🙂

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Lauren Graham herself. Which I absolutely loved! Her happy go-lucky personality really shines through.

In her memoir, she takes the reader through each season of Gilmore Girls. With tidbits on her fashion choices, and other behinds the scenes stuff. The part that got me was when she talked about the ending of the show. Apparently no one knew with any degree of certainty that the show would be cancelled so when the show wrapped up the seventh season, she left. Not knowing that it would be years before she would get to go back. 

What I particularly enjoyed was when she discussed the renewal. Because boy do I have opinions about the revival. And Graham does a wonderful job of conveying her own confusion with the revival’s finale. (Those damn 4 words ya’ll!). But we also get to see how emotional she is to be back on the set. I got a little teary-eyed myself. 

One thing to keep in mind if you go with the audiobook. Lauren Graham frequently refers to photographs. (OverDrive wouldn’t let me download the supplementary stuff). So a quick peek at the physical book before or afterwards would be a good idea. 

Overall, an enjoyable listen. I laughed, I got a little sad, but it was nice to see Stars Hollow through the eyes of someone who spent quite a lot of time there. Lauren Graham, is funny, witty, and she really does talk fast haha. It’s a relatively short memoir and one I would recommend to all Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fans.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Picked this book up because it’s by Lauren Graham and she mentioned how it came to fruition in her memoir. 

Franny Banks is an aspiring theater actress living in New York in the 90’s. She has a deadline. A deadline to ascertain whether she continues trying to pursue acting or takes a different career path. She fumbles, she mildly succeeds but she keeps trying, and manages to keep her happy go-lucky attitude through most of it. 

It’s not the best book but it is entertaining. And as someone who has seen Gilmore Girls multiple times, I could see elements of the show within the book. Some of the character quirks and personalities seemed oddly familiar. But it is a good look at the entertainment world from someone who has lived it. It also parallels Franny and Zooey, which I didn’t realize. Yet another book I apparently need to reread. 

Well, that concludes today’s mini-reviews. Until next time. Happy blogging everyone! 🙂