P.S I Love You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Published: Hachette Books 2003
The Blurb reads:
“Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates
But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences. No one could imagine them without each other.
When Gerry dies, Holly is devastated. But Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, one for each month of the year, each signed PS, I love you.
As the notes are opened, the man who knows Holly better than anyone teaches her that life goes on. With some help from friends and family, Holly laughs, cries and finds that life is for living – but it helps if there’s an angel watching over you."
So far this book has been incredible, I started it on the 17th of September, and had read one-hundred and sixty-six pages in that time (I had to squeeze study in as well).
At this point of the story I felt emotionally invested, within the first page I was hooked! I didn’t even know the characters properly and I already felt such pain for the main character as to what horrible things she was going through with the loss of her husband.
I was worried as I have heard of the story through people who have seen the film version of this novel. But I decided to read the book first which is one of my favourite ways to experience movies, I enjoy knowing what the author was thinking before a director added their ten cents to the story.
I will add here that I have since watched the movie version, and I hated it... It had hardly ten minutes of footage which was the same as the novel. I believe though, if I had watched the movie first, I might have enjoyed it and thought differently about it!
Ahern wrote in a way which encouraged the reader to feel the characters emotions. I love stories which demonstrate the emotions, and the reason I could read the story so quickly was partly due to this. I wanted to get to something happy, I wanted to know if Holly would ever move on from her deceased man, Gerry… but I mostly wanted to know what the next letter would say!
As I continued through the story, especially with the final quarter I found I would cry for the characters, and smile for them, laugh with them and all in all feel as though I was a part of the story!
I finished the book in four days, finishing it on the 21st of September 12:30pm. I read a quarter of the book each day. I loved every moment I was reading 'P.S. I love you'! By far one of the most tear jolting stories I’ve ever read, and I found it refreshing. The novel reminded me of some of my own emotions, and how it’s okay to grieve in times of loss… but it’s important to move on and live with happy memories in our hearts as well!
I would give this novel a 4 out of 5! I loved the way it was written, and even though there were moments which made me incredibly sad - it had it's good moments too!
If you've read this book - what are your thoughts?
Any book requests?