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Friday, March 21, 2008

PS, I Love You...Review

About the book:
A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again.
 
Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while,  P.S. I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!


Very much a chick-lit novel, although not as shallow as many others. I found this book both entertaining and poignant at times. The premise is interesting: after her husband's death, a young woman receives a packet of letters from him. Each letter is to be opened at a particular time and has something for her to do. All of these tasks are to prepare her to let go and move on. Cecilia Ahern nailed the poignancy of losing a husband and trying to come to terms with living life again.

I found the scenes with Holly and her girlfriends entertaining, for the most part. Not being a party or drinking person, I don't relate to that life, but the obvious love and close friendship between these women was refreshing. The family relationship was so true. You and your siblings often don't have a lot in common, but love and support each other just the same

And how's this for weird: my maiden name was Holly Kennedy and one of my best friends is named Denise. I'm not Irish though.

Updated: There is prolific use of the "F" word, and others. It was the one thing that bothered me. Vulgarity never adds positively to a story and, for the most part, it is so unnecessary in life anyway. My understanding is that the language is equally bad in the film adaptation, so that is one reason I'm not going to see it.


Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 3/08

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3/5 Stars

6 comments:

  1. Holly, one question, since this one appeals to me...how clean was it? Language and such is what I'm curious about...

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  2. As far as s*x goes, it was fine. But there was prolific use of the "F" word, and others. It was the one thing that bothered me. Vulgarity never adds positively to a story and, for the most part, it is so unnecessary in life anyway.

    My understanding is that the language is equally bad in the film adaptation, so that is one reason I'm not going to see it.

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  3. Hi, thanks for the review...I did not know that it was also a book! Happy Reading, Holly! :)

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  4. Thanks for the review, this is a book I've been thinking about reading.

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  5. I've been wondering if this was a good book, now I think I'll check it out.
    ~Becky

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  6. I saw the film but haven't read the book, which is unusual for me, I prefer it the other way around. did you know that the author is the daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister? :)

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