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Author: Cecelia Ahern / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 04 June 2007 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: PS, I Love You / ISBN 13: 9780007258925 / ISBN 10: 0007258925

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      12.08.2013 18:40

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      Better than it needs to be, it's full of charm and moving moments.

      It's difficult to believe that this is Cecelia Ahern's first novel. Her voice is so confident and the pace so strong you'd be forgiven for thinking she had done this before.
      This charming, touching novel tells the story of Holly who is widowed after her husband dies from a brain tumour. What she doesn't know he has written her letters to help her with her life without him.
      What makes this book so special are the characters. Holly herself is a girl you genuinely want to root for and her family and friends are equally as involving. Some parts of the story are extremely touching, some are funny (with some moments verging on slapstick). It perhaps borders on soppy at times but that is somehow forgiven.
      It is also worth noting that it is better written than it needs to be. For a "chicklit" novel it is beautifully written.
      Definitely recommended if you enjoy a good cry but also a good laugh.

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      13.09.2012 20:19
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      Amazing book by an amazing author that will have you enthralled all the way through!

      People always say the book is always better than the movie and that was definitely true for p.s i love you! I read this book in 2 days! It captivated me from the beginning! The movie did not do much for me and found it difficult to connect with the characters but the book was the exact opposite! From the first page i knew this book would be something amazing. This book made me laugh and cry about 50 times. The way Cecelia Ahern developed the characters through out was something special! Everytime a letter came to Holly from Gerry my heart would jump and i could not help but get excited...Cecelia had me hanging on by every word! I have yet to find a book that i loved this much and that i would read in just 2 days! It is really a book that is hard to put down after you start but you will be glad you did when you finish it! This book will never leave my book shelf!!

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        04.06.2012 21:47
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        Love really does live on!

        When the raindrops are hitting your window with force and the TV doesn't seem appealing, a good book can consume your afternoon, and in this case evening too! Released in 2004 by 22 year old Cecelia Ahern who is daughter to Ireland's PM, it reached number 1 best seller in Ireland, UK, USA, Germany and The Netherlands and I can see why!

        PS I Love You is an amazing novel detailing that Love can survive and death doesn't make you part with the love of your life. Holly and Gerry are an inseparable couple until they are separated by Gerry's terminal illness. Distraught Holly wonders how she will carry on without her Gerry but a package containing a series of letters arrives in the post and suddenly Holly begins to smile again, the reason being the letters were wrote by her husband before he died knowing that it would help her through her grief.

        Cecelia Ahern is such a brilliant author, I have read many of her books, but this one is the best by far and certainly gave a new voice to women's literature. This book is like a pack of Pringles, once you start you cannot stop! PS I Love you was made into a film starring Hilary Swank as Holly and Gerard Butler as Gerry. Personally I do not think that the film gave this book justice at all as there were a lot of differences such as the location changed from Ireland to America and the letters were sent individually rather than all at once. This book is a beautiful page turner with tear jerking qualities as well as a feel good factor.

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          22.10.2011 20:28

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          Holly searches for a meaning to go on with life after the death of her beloved husband Gerry

          'P.S. I Love You' is a magnificent novel by Cecelia Ahern, now made into a film (which does not do it justice). Holly and Gerry are a young, passionate couple planning their life together when Gerry's health begins to deteriorate due to a brain tumour, and he soon dies. Holly cannot go on with her life, she was completely devoted to husband Gerry and can see no reason for living, not only had her husband died, but her whole world had died too. But on her 30th Birthday, Gerry comes back to her, or so it seems. Through a series of letters and instructions that 'must be obeyed', Gerry conducts his master plan to help Holly to move on with her life, like her guardian angel watching over.

          Holly obeys these mysterious and light hearted instructions with the help of close friends Sharon and Denise, as she tries to persist with her life. But as the world continues as though nothing has happened, and Sharon and Denise are continuing with their lives, Holly finds it hard to carry on.

          Cecelia Ahern's heart-warming novel is a must read, through tears of sadness and tears of laughter I couldn't put it down!

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          01.07.2011 15:36
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          Great easy going book to read.

          Yet another great read by Cecelia Ahern, this romantic book mad me laugh and cry throughout reading it. After the first chapter I couldn't put it down and read it in 5 days solid. The book is written by Cecilia Ahern, a favourite author of mine who's books I have nearly all read and has recently been made into a film, which is not as good as the book.

          The book is about a young couple Holly and Gerry. After a short marriage Gerry passes away and Holly is left alone, or so she thinks. Despite Gerry no longer being around he manages to surprise her through a series of letters that he has pre written and month by month these letters arrive, with different words of advice and surprises month by month, she anticipates the letters every month as it helps her through the difficult times and makes her feel as though he is still there. He gradually helps her get over his death and fall in love with someone new once the time is right.

          It's a real girly book which makes you smile through the tears, the fact that a man can put so much care into his wife's future, knowing that one day she will fall in love with someone else. This brings back the romance into our lives and is a must have, easy reading book, brilliant for the beach, it will have you smiling through the tears. Enjoy it.

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            25.06.2011 00:20
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            A good book and a good story line

            Another of my holiday reads although I have to say it was a little sad for a holiday! having said that I did enjoy the book and it was a good read!

            PS I love you is written by Cecelia Ahern and has been made into a film, which I haven't seen but would like to see now I've read the book.

            The book is about Holly who has not long been married, hasn't got any children but her husband Gerry dies before they've had a chance to do all the things they'd like to do. It's definitely another girly book. It does pull your heart strings and I guess anyone who has been through this would know how it feels, it's easy to say pull yourself together but unless you've been through it we can't know.

            Holly finds that her husband Gerry during his illness had been writing letters for her - one for each month and so each month she can't wait to open the letter and find out what he's organised for her. It's different each month and through it he helps Holly through a difficult time although and at the same time she feels like he's still real and he's still there.

            It's perhaps not a book to read if you've recently gone through this or if someone close to you is terminally ill as it will be too difficult to read, don't buy it for anyone who is having a difficult time!!

            It's an easy read and again difficult to put down, As usual I really don't like to spoil a book by giving the whole story because that spoils the read so you'll have to read it to find out what happens!

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              14.06.2011 21:44
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              total page turner

              P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern is a book I'd heard of loads before but for some reason I'd never actually got round to reading it, that is until a friend bought me it for my birthday recently, and I was totally hooked! There is also a film that it is totally popular, its meant to be a lovely chick flick so I have ordered that and its on its way. The book is a similar sort of genre, it is very definitely chick lit and really pulls you in, making you feel really rather emotional.

              The concept of the book is really quite lovely, and totally pulls at your heartstrings at times. Holly and Gerry were childhood sweethearts, you would have never met anybody more in love and everybody predicted that they would be together forever... but those predictions turned out false after Gerry is diagnosed with a brain tumour. The novel starts with his death, focusing on its impact on Holly and what she does with her life after he loves dies. Gerry writes her a series of letters with instructions on what to do, for example he encourages her to stop her fears by doing karaoke, signing each PS I love you... but will Holly ever get over him?

              I really enjoyed this book, I found that it really pulled me in and saw it as a total page turner since I just couldn't put it down. The characters were created really well, I felt so much sympathy for them as if I was feeling all of Holly's emotions along with her, and Gerry was just created so wonderfully, the whole concept was really sweet. Hard hitting novel this is not, but nevertheless I'd really recommend if you're into that sort of fiction.

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                01.03.2011 18:28
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                Cecilia Ahern's best book in my opinion

                My husband bought me this book as a present a few years ago. I don't read books all that often, but this one got me hooked, and I loved it. I have since bought each new book that Cecilia Ahern has had published, but (with the exception of one ; where rainbows end) the others didn't quite compare. This story begins with Holly losing the love of her life Gerry - his death is not surprisingly devastating to her, but on her 30th birthday she receives a card from him, and it turns out that he has left her several notes (or instructions of things to do) which help her through a year of her grief. It's a very touching story, and I did cry a few times as I could imagine myself in her situation - one which we all hope we will never have to face. I think one of the things I loved so much was that Gerry seemed to have know what would be good for Holly. I couldn't wait to find out what his next note said - in the same way that Holly longed for the next note - this was very skillfully written, and kept me hooked so that I read the whole book in about 3 days (which is pretty quick for me). I expect this is more of a book for girls, but I don't know! I would recommend this book if you enjoy fiction, which seems like it could be real, and you want to have a bit of a laugh, but are also willing to have a cry.

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                  14.02.2011 00:50
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                  great bedtime read

                  my mum bought me this book when she was going away for a while and I have read this book 3 times - sounds silly to some but I find the plot inspiring and touching. Every time I read it I smile when things start to get better for Holly. I found myself rushing through it to find out what Gerry's next letter was about.

                  If you are sad about something like a ex partner read this book because it will make you believe in love again. It portrays the message that in time you will get over people you lose and you will move on and be happy. It also highlights the advantages of good friends and family. The book is an inspirational read and i found myself looking forward to going to bed with a cup of hot chocolate every night to read it. you will too! :)

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                    13.02.2011 00:19
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                    Definatly worth a read!

                    After watching the film i decided to buy the book ot read as many people told me that the book was definatly better than the film. I loved the film, i laughed and cried its definatly a weepy film and book. I found the book good but hard going i did loose interest at times though the story is definatly touching and unlike the film it is actually set in the UK like it should have been in the film which they unforturnatly "Americanised". Though Cecelia Ahem writes really well i think the book could have been a bit more fast flowing to keep me interested its so lovely allowing the reader to feel a number of emotions. Despite this it is still definatly worth a read but i would also advice watching the film, but dont forget the tissues it will certaintly bring a tear to your eye. A book for females even young would enjoy.

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                    27.09.2010 15:05
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                    All in all a heart-warming and inspiring read that you will remember for a very long time.

                    P.S I love you is by far one of my favourite books of it's kind, being a summer holiday type book, perfect for reading on the beach or for lounging around at home. Initially, I didn't have high hopes for the book as I am usually more of a suspense, serious book reader, but after the first few pages, I was absolutely captivated. Without giving anything away, the story is about picking your life up again after going through loss of a loved one (which happens right away so no spoilers here!)and the ground falling from your feet. It is about finding strength and being able to cope when the going is tough but with humour and light-heartedness thrown in. I like an inspiring book that can move me and P.S I love you does that and more. It isn't short either, which is great when you are enjoying a book and ticks all the boxes in terms of story line, humour, writing style and tear-jerk factor. This is a book you will remember for years to come and will no doubt be one that you recommend to others.

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                      26.09.2010 16:30
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                      Fantastic read, great story of a young woman trying to come to terms with the death of her husband,

                      I have got to say this is by far one of the best books i have ever read, once i started reading it i couldnt put the book down!
                      Absolutley brilliant, well written, sad but also funny in parts as well.
                      Tells the story of a young woman who has just lost her husband, she is struggling to come to terms with the death and is finding it hard to cope and let go, along the way her friends and family help but also with the help of Gerry ( her dead husband) he sends her letters helping her get through it and eventually she is able to let go and lead her own life.
                      As mentioned above it is sad in places but also a great read, luckily i read this before i watched the film, i have to got to say although i loved the film, the book is so much better than the film, but then again it usually is. Well worth a read, and would reccomend buying this book, great read and Cecelia Ahern is now one of my favourite Authors.

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                        21.06.2010 02:32
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                        P.S. I love you - novel by Cecelia Ahern

                        P.S. I love you, a heart warming novel written by Cecelia Ahern, like a majority of the time , the book (in my opinion) is better than the movie.

                        The main plot of the story is about a woman who is passionately in love with her childhood sweetheart who is torn apart when discovering that he is going to die. The only thing that holds her together after his death is a series of notes he has left behind. These notes become a written guide to her life. She carefully follows the instructions on each note as she receives them. These help her not to get over her deceased husband, but to get on with her life.

                        I've never read a love story that is so powerful. It made me laugh and cry and kept me awake all night on many occasions as i didn't want to put the book down. If you've watched the film and enjoyed that it's worth reading the book too as in my opinion it is so much more emotional than is portrayed by the characters in the film.

                        The book is very well written and there is no parts of the book that will send you to sleep, i genuinely anticipated each chapter as much as the last. I think i read this book in about two days as i just could not put it down.

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                          11.06.2010 13:08

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                          Amazing author, great plot, great story!

                          This has got be one of my all-time favourite books.
                          Everytime I read it I end up in tears and I vow never to read it again as it upsets me so much, but I just can't resist!
                          I love the way Cecelia Ahern writes - I've read a few of hers since - I can picture everything she describes in picture-perfect quality. The subject is quite a sensitive one, but I feel in today's society it would affect a lot more people and help a lot more people than you would imagine.
                          I can relate to the characters so well in this, and I think that is a true testament to Ahern's writing ability. I've seen her interviewed and she seems to have such a great passion for what she writes, which makes me want to read more of her stuff.
                          I didn't rate the film version of this at all as I don't thin it did the book, characters or author any justice - please please please don't rely on the film to form your opinion of this book, it is an absolute must for anybody.

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                          06.06.2010 18:33
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                          Bittersweet look at life and death

                          This is the first of Cecelia Ahern's novels I have read, as I will admit that I used to be a bit of a book snob and thought they would be far too 'chick lit' for me. I am pleased to say I no longer have such a blinkered outlook, and now try to alternate between more intense novels and those which are a lighter read.

                          When I say 'light', this novel is incredibly sad in places, and I actually found it far more thought provoking than I expected to. We join the novel's protagonist, Holly, shortly after the death of her husband and childhood sweetheart Gerry. It is a couple of months after the tragic event, and Holly is still grief stricken and unable to see a way to continue with her normal, day-to-day existence without her soul mate. As she observes, nobody has written a rulebook for grieving widows to explain when and how they should begin to build a new life for themselves. Or so Holly thinks. It transpires that before her husband passed away, he left Holly a series of notes, one to be opened each month, designed to support and guide her in death as he always tried to in life.

                          The main strength that the novel is built on is the character of Holly and the affinity we come to feel with her. The whole novel is written from her point of view, and although there is a large supporting cast of friends and family, none of the other characters are developed in a great deal of depth. One of the things I liked least about the novel was Holly's family. I found the wildly contrasting characters of Holly's siblings to be a little contrived and, once their parents, various partners, children etc were thrown into the mix, it became quite confusing to keep track of names and relationships. This also left little room for us to gain any real perspective on their personalities and lives and left them feeling a little like caricatures. In particular, Holly's brother Jack is set up to be her closest sibling and we are led to expect him to play a more significant role in the narrative when, in fact, he virtually disappears from the novel until near to the end.

                          The character of Holly is far more interesting. She presents herself as quite needy and dependent, flitting from job to job, spending more than she should and happy to depend on the support of her husband, whom she clearly and unequivocally adores. However as the novel progresses, we start to see what Holly cannot, that she has a great deal of inner strength and confidence and that those around her are as dependent on her as she is on them.

                          I did feel a great deal of affinity with Holly throughout the story. She is not only grieving for her husband, but for her own future. All the things that had been so certain have vanished, and her struggle to come to terms with this and find a way forward is very moving. The story steers clear of self-indulgence and despair, and instead achieves a rather sweet sadness, as the pain caused by Gerry's death exists alongside the joy of having known him.

                          The novel is easy to read, and I finished it in around 5 sittings. It is easy to pick up and put down again without losing the plot and, although it did give me cause for reflection, it is not likely to provide any deep food for thought. Enjoyable is probably not the right word for such a sad plot line, but I did find the novel pleasantly readable and would recommend it if you are not looking for anything too taxing.

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                        Cecelia Ahern's debut novel, PS, I Love You, follows the engaging, witty and occasionally sappy reawakening of Holly, a young Irish widow who must put her life back together after she loses her husband Gerry to a brain tumour. Ahern, the twentysomething daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister, has discovered a clever and original twist to the Moving On After Death concept made famous by novelists and screenwriters alike--Gerry has left Holly a series of letters designed to help her face the year ahead and carry on with her life. As the novel takes readers through the seasons (and through Gerry's monthly directives), we watch as Holly finds a new job, takes a holiday to Spain with her girlfriends, and sorts through her beloved husband's belongings.