I’ve watched the movie (starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) back in 2012, rented the DVD from Oovie (how I miss the town even more now!) and was very touched by it. It’s not so common for me to read the novel after watching the movie, but all the good reviews about this book caught my attention until I finally decided to buy this novel 2 months ago.
The story revolved around 2 best friends – Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley – on 15 July, St. Swithin’s day, each year for twenty years since their graduation in 1988. The novel was divided into several phase, according to their age: early twenties, late twenties, early thirties, and late thirties. It was told that both of them had attraction to each other since their first meeting, but then as years go by, they turned out to be best friends. They spent a lot of time together: exchanging post cards from around the world, sending out letters (long ones), (Emma) staying over at Dex’s parents’ house, going on holidays together (and vowing not to romantically involved), and occasionally having dinner at a restaurant. During the twenty years of the story, they had been the best friend to each other, kept silent for several years (due to Dex being a total jerk), finally met up at an event when Dex gave Em his wedding invitation (this is a heartbreaking part of the story), and finally admitted that they loved each other, stayed together and got married.
From page to page, you will be brought through the happy times and sad times of both parties. I’m giving 4 out of 5 stars for this novel. Always love the idea of best friends become lovers. In the end, after you’re old, you need a best friend. You won’t care about his/her appearance, you only care about how you can talk and spend time with him/her without ever feeling bored.