One Day in December
Rating: 4 stars
It is absolutely stereotypical to read a holiday romance novel in Christmas. And I am so so glad I indulged in the stereotype. I decided to read this book because it was Reese Witherspoon’s book club’s December pick. This is the second time I’ve decided to read her book club’s choice. I am very happy with the result so far.
This book was everything I needed in the chaotic month that December inevitably is. It was a fast read. After the first couple chapters, it positively flew by. It was delightful. The story moved at a pleasant pace, fun twists and turns, and didn’t really feel like it stalled. I think perhaps the only area I wasn’t utterly engrossed was the first couple chapters before it really got going. Once it did start moving, I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were also fun to read and easy follow.
Laurie and Jack are engaging narrators, and they each have their own unique voice. I’m not always a fan of novels that switch narrators because there isn’t always enough of a distinction between the voices. I felt like this novel did a much better job of that than most. Laurie and Jack were their own people, with their own ways of communication.
I don’t want to spoil the novel and the ending, but a general summary of the novel is that one December, Laurie looks out of the window of her bus and sees a man standing on the street. They make eye contact. Laurie considers getting off the bus. The man seems to try to get on the bus. But they miss each other. Laurie tries to find her mysterious “bus boy” for a year before finding him. Only when she does, he’s on the arm of her best friend, Sarah. From there, it takes you through the twists and turns of friendships, relationships, marriage, and career changes. It’s a great winter break read to take your mind off the long to-do list beckoning you.