David Nicholls is quite popularly known around the reading population — who hasn’t heard of ‘One Day‘, which was quite a popular movie that was based on his book? Although I haven’t read it or seen the movie, because I’ve read the synopsis and it does not really end in a happy ever after. I do vaguely remember watching the movie Starter for 10, which was based on his first published book ‘Starter for Ten‘, but I cannot for the life of me recall what it was all about.
[Just to note: my aversion to sad endings applies to both movies and books because I find real life a challenge as it is. I read to be entertained, to escape, to travel. However, I try my best to keep an open mind, and so when I say I did not like how the book ended, I will mention whether it was a personal emotional reaction or just a terribly written ending.]
Anyhow, five years after One Day, he’s back again with Us, this time about a couple that has gotten together in matrimony, but we start with their marriage on its last legs. The first person protagonist, the husband, narrates of how he tries to save it and keeping his family together as they go on a ‘grand tour’ around Europe with their adolescent son.