Insert Typical Anne Hathaway Movie Remake Title Here

Posted: September 13, 2011 by jerkmag in BLOGS WE LIKE, CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives
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It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They graduated from college and are looking for their last one-night stand before they leave for the “real world.” But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Already, this sounds like a typical romance story.

Over 20 years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Each chapter highlights how Dex and Em spend that day facing squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, and laughter and tears. It’s a story of self-discovery that’s written in a clever way through the perspective of two quirky and humorous protagonists.

It has the formula of a sappy, chick-flick Anne Hathaway romance story: boy meets girl, girl was in love with boy all along, boy won’t admit he’s in love, years later they realize the significance of the day they met. There is a slight twist to the ending, but it’s still a very predictable book…and movie (Rachel Roy’s outfit at the movie premiere wasn’t much so).

It was hard for me to sympathize with Dexter, and I just couldn’t care for him at all. It’s hard for me to believe that someone could screw up his life throughout his teenage years and adulthood, and then expect his childhood friend to pick up the pieces. This was very typical and I saw it coming a mile away. I couldn’t help being frustrated with Dexter, but I guess it reflects how frustrating some real-life Jerks can be.

What’s interesting about the book is its format. I like how each chapter takes place a year apart, so I needed to use my imagination to fill the gap in between the years.

The movie stays true to the story, so if you loved the movie, you should definitely check out the book. However, it definitely wasn’t my favorite summer read. I recommend this to those who are Nicholas Sparks fans or enjoy romantic summer reads during the fall season.

-Vania Myers

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