PS. I Love You (The printed book by Cecilia Ahern)
When I was first told about the film I thought I would never want to watch it as it sounded rather morbid and sad, but I caved in after the raving reviews I heard about it. I loved the film so much I decided to read the book. I’m glad I seen the film first as the book was way better! The story was more gripping as there were more characters and I never wanted to set the book down.
The book opens with Holly and how she feels as her husband Gerry has just died. It tells you how she is grieving for her husband. He has wrote her 10 letters giving her advice which will help her after losing him. Each letter ends with PS. I love you. Holly has to open one letter every month. The book follows her life and how her friends, family and Gerry’s letters help her through. She is very young to be losing a husband and he guides her one letter at a time where she finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing and being braver than ever before doing things she never would have done otherwise throughout the book.
The book’s story is slightly different than the film, for starters it is based in Ireland and not in America. So Holly and Gerry are both Irish. This confused me a bit at the start when reading the book. It follows how her family helps her and how she learns how to understand her siblings better. Her friends are supporting her and their lives progress in the book, something Holly finds hard to deal with. It is very clear from the start that Holly and Gerry were very close in fact they were sole mates. You can see that they were very much in love. Holly hits a milestone without Gerry when she turns 30 years old.
This book will make you laugh, cry and be constantly wondering what will happen next. It also made me wish that I knew more about Gerry and that he was alive. There is a few surprises and unexpected twist that keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. I found this book very hard to set down as every chapter was interesting and something new was happening. I feel Cecelia Ahern has written this book brilliantly, she describes the emotions and struggle of Holly beautifully. So well you feel that you could nearly be her yourself. Some parts are so sad they could make you cry. I did laugh at some of the quotes throughout the book, as there was some typical Irish sayings that I even used to use when I was younger. I found it rather odd to be in the book but I felt it made it so realistic and found that I related to it better like I was being told a story about one of my friends.
The book has 503 pages with big writing so it’s easy to read, as it isn’t cramped. It didn’t take me very long to read the book only about 4 nights but that’s because I couldn’t put down the book. Everyone will read at different rates and take different breaks. This is the only book I have read by Cecelia Ahern and I would 100% recommend it to anyone even if they don’t like reading that much as this book is easy to read and understand, yet so magical to read. It will really tug on your emoticons and once you have read it you feel that you have been there and lived it. The book sends out a very positive message about death and that life is for living. It gives you the sense that if you lose someone close to you, you can get over it eventually however it may take time and patience. Holly at the end becomes more confident and happier to live her life. She is thankful she knew Gerry and that she is the woman with a million happy memories who knew what it was like to experience true love. The ending is kind of open ended but it is a happy one. I always love a happy ending in any story I read so I was very pleased with it.
The book cost £6.99, which I think is worth every penny. I will definitely be reading other books by this author and feel that it is one of the best books I have ever read. For more information on the author you can go to www.cecelia-ahern.com.
If you want to watch the film as well I would advise that you do this first. The film is very good and I thought nothing could top it but I was wrong, as the book is definitely better.