one day…to love, lose, live

We all have that person. The one that got away, the one you thought you’d always be with, the first one to make an impact. It could have been a summer fling, a broken engagement or that time you were the other woman. Either way, somehow that person never goes away – even when you have someone new.

Meet Emma and Dexter. An unlikely pair, they spend a night of almost-passion together after graduation in 1988. In 2007, their lives are still entwined. Telling the story of their relationship on July 15 on each year, David Nicholls brings readers through the rollercoaster emotions of having, being, wanting, losing that person. You’ll identify with Emma as she writes Dexter pages-long letters, only to receive a one-lined postcard in response. You’ll want to be Dexter as he climbs the social ladder and secures the perfect, sexy job.

To be honest, I thought I’d hate the concept of One Day since I like to know the whole story, not just snapshots. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how thorough the story is and how easy it is to get to know the characters. After picking the book up on a whim (you have to read the book before you see the movie, you know!), I devoured it in two nights. I had to tear myself away each night, since the one day snapshots keep you wondering and yearning for answers.

The movie, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, is out this weekend (read a review by Christine Estima here), but take my advice and read the book before you see it. Along with winning two passes to see One Day, Random House also sent me a copy of the book. Since I’ve already got a copy, here’s your chance to win one for yourself!

Tweet “I want to win a copy of One Day from @stephaniefusco!” or leave a comment below to win (want a double entry? Do both!). Easy as that! Contest closes Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 4 p.m. and I’ll draw a winner from the entries using Remember to leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!

Good luck!

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Erin MacFarlane! Curious how close you were to winning? Here’s the randomized list of entrants.

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