Eva had a dispute with a stranger named Justin in a coffee shop. She bumps into him again at her sister's dinner party. Eva’s hostility is apparent to everyone. Justin suggests a suspension of hostilities and realizes that to win her trust he will have to move patiently and carefully as he discovers that she had recently broken her engagement because of betrayal.
For Eva, her friendship with Justin creates an emotional buffer in her life and it requires Justin to be emotional while abstracting the attraction component.
The author follows the notion that friendship is the base of every successful relationship and it is impossible to fall in love with someone without being friends with that person, knowing them in their good and bad, still embracing them the way they are and spending selfless time noticing the small adorable details.
The Date is a clean, romantic and relatable tale of friendship and love, yet captures the complexities involved in a relationship.