Our Life in a Day
Our Life in a Day is a breathtaking, ten-year love story told in twenty-four individual hours - for fans of One Day by David Nicholls, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and The Note by Zoe Folbigg.The rules are simple. Choose the most significant moments from your relationship - one for each hour in the day.You'd probably pick when you first met, right? And the instant you knew for sure it was love? Maybe even the time you watched the sunrise after your first night together?But what about the car journey on the holiday where everything started to go wrong? Or your first proper fight?Or that time you lied about where you'd been?It's a once in a lifetime chance to learn the truth. But if you had to be completely honest with the one you love, would you still play?For Esme and Tom, the game is about to begin. And once they start, there's no going back . . .

Our Life in a Day Details

TitleOur Life in a Day
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 18th, 2019
PublisherOrion
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult

Our Life in a Day Review

  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    What is it about this novel and these two people that made me read straight through, despite its length, without once feeling a drag in plot or character? I found it compulsively readable, believable. Even though not much happens outside the connection between these two people their portrayals are so vivid, I found it hard to break away, and the dialogue snaps off the page.I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, page-turning, entertaining book. It is both a light and deep character study of two What is it about this novel and these two people that made me read straight through, despite its length, without once feeling a drag in plot or character? I found it compulsively readable, believable. Even though not much happens outside the connection between these two people their portrayals are so vivid, I found it hard to break away, and the dialogue snaps off the page.I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, page-turning, entertaining book. It is both a light and deep character study of two individuals and their strengths and weaknesses, foibles and what turned them onto and off each other, also with some well-drawn minor characters and interesting twists and turns, including one or two really moving episodes. It drew neatly, too, on the background that had helped turn them into what they were. The writing is vivid and captivating. The author brought both Esme and Tom to life, flaws and all. This book is heartbreaking. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it ended. I could have gone on reading about Esme and Tom forever. I miss them. I want to just go back to the beginning and read it again and see what I missed. I don't want to let them go just yet.Thank you NetGalley, Orion Publishing Group and Jamie Fewery for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#OurLifeInAday #NetGalleyAll my reviews can be read here: https://shelleyann01.blogspot.com
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  • Jenna Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    I think what I enjoyed most about this book is it’s honesty. Tom and Esme’s life is far from perfect, and the game Esme has devised for their 10 year anniversary gives an insight into the ups and downs over the years. The book is told from Tom’s pov, and in the beginning he seems quite a weak character. However, the more we delve into his past the more we learn about why he is the way he is. I think the book highlights mental health issues, in men especially, really well. Reading this book you w I think what I enjoyed most about this book is it’s honesty. Tom and Esme’s life is far from perfect, and the game Esme has devised for their 10 year anniversary gives an insight into the ups and downs over the years. The book is told from Tom’s pov, and in the beginning he seems quite a weak character. However, the more we delve into his past the more we learn about why he is the way he is. I think the book highlights mental health issues, in men especially, really well. Reading this book you will very quickly become invested in their relationship, and have your own opinions on how they should have dealt with a number of issues.An engrossing and brilliantly written story.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    Our Life in a Day was a unique, refreshing love story. I may be in the minority, but I’m not the type of reader who needs the happily ever after in fiction. I am always drawn to books that have the ability to pull the good, the bad, and the ugly from real life and provide a realistic, honest view of a relationship.I was invested in Tom and Esme’s relationship right from the very beginning of the book. I wanted to discover the pivotal moments of their relationship, not just the good times, but th Our Life in a Day was a unique, refreshing love story. I may be in the minority, but I’m not the type of reader who needs the happily ever after in fiction. I am always drawn to books that have the ability to pull the good, the bad, and the ugly from real life and provide a realistic, honest view of a relationship.I was invested in Tom and Esme’s relationship right from the very beginning of the book. I wanted to discover the pivotal moments of their relationship, not just the good times, but the obstacles and blips. Their relationship did have its share of happy, loving times, but it also had its share of secrets, pain, and shame. Tom and Esme weren’t a perfect couple. They were, however, perfectly normal in their portrayal – they were flawed. The author didn’t take the characters on the smooth path, he made them take the bumpy journey, and I, for one, was happy to go right along with them for the ride.Fewery did a great job of creating the characters. Tom and Esme had their quirks, but were likable. There may have been a few times where I wanted to shake some sense into Tom, yell at him to come clean with Esme, but that only built up my fervor to continue reading the book. A book that doesn’t elicit a reaction from its reader is just gathering dust on a bedside table or shelf somewhere. No worries…or dust here.Our Life in a Day was a compelling read. It was filled with plenty of emotion and heart. I will be on the lookout for more books by Jamie Fewery.
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    At last a love story that's realistic and deals with all the issues of being in a real relationship. I wasn't to keen on Tom's character at the start as he was definitely not the stronger part of the couple and I felt that he gave into Esme for a quiet life. It wasn't until his back story came to light that I saw him as being equally as committed to their future. It's a clever style of writing and I would like to thank the publishers and netgalley for letting me have the book in advance to revie At last a love story that's realistic and deals with all the issues of being in a real relationship. I wasn't to keen on Tom's character at the start as he was definitely not the stronger part of the couple and I felt that he gave into Esme for a quiet life. It wasn't until his back story came to light that I saw him as being equally as committed to their future. It's a clever style of writing and I would like to thank the publishers and netgalley for letting me have the book in advance to review.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my heart. I absolutely loved this book. It's a story about love, about our mental health and of how we need to be true to each other, but more importantly, true to who we are.  It's a thought provoking read that l just simply adored it's a beautiful story.Esme and Tom are about to celebrate their ten year anniversary together. Tom arrives home from work to find Esme wanting to play a game of remembrance. She has a stack of post it notes, and on each is written one hour of the day. They both h Oh my heart. I absolutely loved this book. It's a story about love, about our mental health and of how we need to be true to each other, but more importantly, true to who we are.  It's a thought provoking read that l just simply adored it's a beautiful story.Esme and Tom are about to celebrate their ten year anniversary together. Tom arrives home from work to find Esme wanting to play a game of remembrance. She has a stack of post it notes, and on each is written one hour of the day. They both have to take it in turns to write down a significant memory in time, all  within that time frame. 24 hours in a day, and Tom decides to play. I absolutely loved this idea of reminiscing about the past, of all those highly significant moments in time, but of course, not everything is good. This is an intense read, in that we get to know both Esme and Tom, warts and all. I love this kind of book, in which you delve into the character's soul to find out what makes them tick. By the end of the novel I felt like they were my friends. I loved them both dearly.Our Life in a Day also doesn't shy away from the realities of a long term relationship and mental health issues, particularly the mental health of men and the fact that they feel the need to hide their feelings and problems that they face. This aspect was written beaufifuly,  with great empathy, and insight. It's a book that I feel will help us all to talk more openly about our mental health.This is a modern day love story that tackles the realities of the modern relationship with wit, tenderness and truth. I loved every page. Highly recommended.With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I don't know why I thought this was going to be a cute story with cute little bits. It wasn't. Maybe the "game" concept threw me off from the beginning and I had expectations that it would be light and sweet. So I think it's important to make it clear that this is not a light book. In fact, I'd say the opposite, there are several heavy subject matter in these pages. I want to give trigger warnings but I can't really do it without giving away some of the plot so I will refrain. Just ma 3.5 stars. I don't know why I thought this was going to be a cute story with cute little bits. It wasn't. Maybe the "game" concept threw me off from the beginning and I had expectations that it would be light and sweet. So I think it's important to make it clear that this is not a light book. In fact, I'd say the opposite, there are several heavy subject matter in these pages. I want to give trigger warnings but I can't really do it without giving away some of the plot so I will refrain. Just make sure you're going in with the expectation that there is serious, heavy, difficult topics discussed in this story.Now that that's out of the way, this book wasn't a quick/easy read for me despite the fact that it's a small book. Maybe it was partly the subject matter, and the jumping back and forth in time due to the nature of the "game", but I think it also was that I didn't feel invested in the characters and their relationship.Ordinarily, I love character novels. I don't need a plot to make me happy, but I do need rich, layered characters and we had some of that here. The characters were real and flawed but since most of the stories are from Tom's perspective, we get a lot more of the depth of his feelings than Esme's. And even though we do learn a bunch about her (and she's definitely not 2-dimensional) she's not as rich as I would have liked. I loved the honesty of the story. The mental health issues weren't glossed over (for the most part, some of Esme's pain is definitely not dealt with in as much detail since these are Tom's stories.)'Me too,' she said, shifting slightly closer to him, 'But you've got to remember that it's not just about today. It's the whole year we're celebrating. It's always dangerous to plan these things too carefully. I loved this part. I've been guilty of focusing too hard on an anniversary, a new year's eve, a moment in time and then having so much ride on that moment. It's so important to have all that in context.He knew as he was doing it that he was making up a different version of his life. The one he wanted people to see when they looked at him and Esme. Not the actual one they were living. Complete with all its unhappiness, secrecy, and heartbreak.This made my heart break. Don't we all know how this feels sometimes? The way things look. The way we try to make things look. It's important to remember this when looking at others too. How they are also trying to do this.Most of this book felt raw, real, true. It didn't shy away from the hard things. It didn't sugarcoat how hard it is to live with mental health issues, how hard it is to be in a relationship, how flawed we humans are. It's rare to see a book like this. I almost wish the "gimmick" wasn't there because, for me, it took away from the depth of this story a bit.thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Karschtl
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Tom & Esme told by looking back at their 24 most significan moments. "Not the best moments, she had been careful to write in her rules. The most significant." And that is exactly what you get here. It's not a book full of the two getting all lovey-dovey. Instead it presents us with a way more realistic view on relationships than most other chick-lit books. Because we all know how easily an argument can start, or that not all days during a 10-year-relationship can be rosy This is the story of Tom & Esme told by looking back at their 24 most significan moments. "Not the best moments, she had been careful to write in her rules. The most significant." And that is exactly what you get here. It's not a book full of the two getting all lovey-dovey. Instead it presents us with a way more realistic view on relationships than most other chick-lit books. Because we all know how easily an argument can start, or that not all days during a 10-year-relationship can be rosy. This is a book about real people with real problems and a real relationship.Although the book has a 3rd person narrator, the reader feels closer to Tom. We learn more details about him, also things Esme does not know, while at the same time we get to know Esme only through the eyes of Tom. I have to admit that I found Esme not always likable. She comes across quite bossy, especially at the beginning. She sets the rules for the relationship, and it seems as if Tom doesn't have a say in it. But he could have simply said no to her and moved on. And she is only being honest & fair by telling him right from the start what is important to her. Still, Esme was not my favorite character in this book.But I did like them both together. Just like their relationship was depicted in a very authentic way, I found their dialogues pretty realistic. I also liked the serious problems mentioned here. And I very much liked the ending. It's different, it's brave, and it's definitely fitting.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up for conceptThis story is well written. The concept and execution is so very clever. It was interesting to learn about the characters through a series of flashbacks that have occurred throughout their relationship. Ok, now comes the but, the only problem with this story is that all of these flashback are so sad. I expected there to be some bad times. What relationship doesn’t have those defining moments that come from the sad/bad times that happen along the way? But I thought we wo 3.5 rounded up for conceptThis story is well written. The concept and execution is so very clever. It was interesting to learn about the characters through a series of flashbacks that have occurred throughout their relationship. Ok, now comes the but, the only problem with this story is that all of these flashback are so sad. I expected there to be some bad times. What relationship doesn’t have those defining moments that come from the sad/bad times that happen along the way? But I thought we would have some joyful moments too... not so much. The character are very layered and the dialogue is quite real. Esme is a strong opinionated character, almost to a fault. The game she has devised (book premise) is not the only game she suggests and that element became overkill for me. Tom is the weak character, clinically depressed and repressed. They don’t deviate from these molds even fractionally which was unfortunate as it would have given them greater depth. It was a realistic journey. The ending is appropriate and believable. It was a good story, and I love the way it was written, but it is not a happy one. I would recommend. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Orion Publishing Group for a copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Orion and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.What is there to say other than this book is a gorgeously done, emotional rollercoaster that absolutely crushed me right in the heart. I devoured this story in one very fast sitting, as I fell in love with Tom and Esme and their love story.I completely adore stories that let you really connect with the characters, and Jamie Fewery did amazing work of creating very human, broken, flawed characters who are s Thank you Orion and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.What is there to say other than this book is a gorgeously done, emotional rollercoaster that absolutely crushed me right in the heart. I devoured this story in one very fast sitting, as I fell in love with Tom and Esme and their love story.I completely adore stories that let you really connect with the characters, and Jamie Fewery did amazing work of creating very human, broken, flawed characters who are so easy to relate to, root for and love. I was 100% invested in Tom and Esme - I held my breathe, got mad, cried and laughed right along with them as the story moves through snapshots of their 10 year relationship. I also entirely appreciate the work that Jamie did in very honestly exploring the realities of mental illness and its impacts on not only a person's life and mental space, but the impacts on their relationships. It has been brilliantly done here, and my heart broke over and over for these characters as they struggled through this journey.This book is beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful, and I cannot recommend it enough. Get this on your winter reading list, it will be well worth the ride.
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  • Jamie Garwood
    January 1, 1970
    A quite brilliant book, taking a unique narrative framework to create a story about love gained, love lost and love in general. How society shapes us and how we shape our relationships to suit ourselves based upon our needs. Tom and Esme are a kismet couple who are great for each other until it becomes too much. Fewery writes with a conciseness and clarity, I read the book in less than a week ripping through chapters at will. He has created two very rounded characters - a forthright female with A quite brilliant book, taking a unique narrative framework to create a story about love gained, love lost and love in general. How society shapes us and how we shape our relationships to suit ourselves based upon our needs. Tom and Esme are a kismet couple who are great for each other until it becomes too much. Fewery writes with a conciseness and clarity, I read the book in less than a week ripping through chapters at will. He has created two very rounded characters - a forthright female with her own ambitions and stubborn as hell, while in Tom he has written a man who has his demons and is wary to share them. This is a great portrayal of mental illness; we as men need to open up and share our problems - when you communicate openly you can share the burden but also find some resolution and consolation in being honest about how you are feeling.At times, the narrative does wonder from first person into a third person telling but that is a minor quibble for a book that is light yet serious, funny yet assured. It should be a major success
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  • Shalini | Book Rambler
    January 1, 1970
    Esme and Tom are about to celebrate their ten-year anniversary when Tom arrives home only to find Esme wanting to play a game. Esme loves to play games, and this time she wants to play a game of remembrance. This is how the story begins; we get to see how Esme and Tom got together and their journey as a couple.Our Life in a Day showcases days of ups and downs in a long-term relationship and also deals with mental health. The author has provided a look into a long time romance when one of the cha Esme and Tom are about to celebrate their ten-year anniversary when Tom arrives home only to find Esme wanting to play a game. Esme loves to play games, and this time she wants to play a game of remembrance. This is how the story begins; we get to see how Esme and Tom got together and their journey as a couple.Our Life in a Day showcases days of ups and downs in a long-term relationship and also deals with mental health. The author has provided a look into a long time romance when one of the characters suffers from depression. I will recommend the book because of its painting of mental health issues, in spite of the fact that the ending left me sad.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    The reason I requested this book is that there was quite a hype on Twitter and I was curious. As it was labeled as "Women's fiction" I expected the usual heartwarming, funny book that is a lot of fun to read.I was wrong, this is an amazing book, heart wrenching and full of emotions.I started and couldn't put it down, I was engrossed in the plot and in the ups and downs of the characters.I loved Tom and Esme, the realistic description of the relationship and how the mental health problems were wr The reason I requested this book is that there was quite a hype on Twitter and I was curious. As it was labeled as "Women's fiction" I expected the usual heartwarming, funny book that is a lot of fun to read.I was wrong, this is an amazing book, heart wrenching and full of emotions.I started and couldn't put it down, I was engrossed in the plot and in the ups and downs of the characters.I loved Tom and Esme, the realistic description of the relationship and how the mental health problems were written.A wonderful reading trip, so full of emotions and so moving.Highly recommended!Many thanks to Orion and Netgalley for this ARC
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    This is an honest and thought provoking read about male mental illness and those little facts we neglect to tell people in our lives for fear of rejection, hurt and not being understood. This is a warts and all story about a ten year relationship that is not a mills and boon novel but a real story with love and pain. I was captivated by this novel and can already see it on tv at some point.
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    On their 10-year anniversary, Esme challenges Tom to think of the 24 most important moments of their relationship, one for each hour of the day. I enjoyed this. It was a story as much about depression and how it affects relationships as it was about the relationship itself. Four stars.
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