Book Review: PS, I Love You


*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

A wonderfully warm and heartfelt debut from a stunning new talent. Everyone needs a guardian angel! 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 and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens.

Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on.

With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing–and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises–but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.

I had mixed feelings about this book. Holly annoyed me a lot but that was because I wanted her to get on with her life and stop being so depressed but obviously her husband had just died so I understood why she was depressed. After a while though, I just wanted to slap her and make her get up and do something with her life. Clearly I’m not that empathetic.

That being said this was still a really good book. Once I got to know Holly as a character and understood her more I began to feel her pain. I cried with her and understood her anger towards her fake friends who stopped calling once her husband died. Additionally, I loved the secondary characters. Her best friends Sharon and Denise were hilarious and supportive and Holly’s family was such an eclectic group of people that I immediately fell in love with them.

My biggest problem with the book was the third-person narration. At times it was a close third-person narration that followed Holly but sometimes it would switch to another character. If a whole chapter was with a different character it was fine but sometimes it would switch mid chapter or even section and sometimes I got confused. In some cases I could see why Cecelia Ahern wrote it this way but most of the time I didn’t like it. I just wanted to stick with Holly.

Overall, I’d say this was a good read. It made me laugh, cry, and question the meaning of life and death. It didn’t end the way I expected it too but thinking back I think the way it ended was just fine. Not perfect but still pretty good. I would definitely recommend it. Don’t watch the movie though. Just by looking at the trailer I can tell it won’t compare to the book.

Favorite Line:

She had been given a wonderful gift: life. Sometimes it was cruelly taken away too soon, but it’s what you did with it that counted, not how long it lasted.

Stars: 4 out of 5. It was pretty good but it wasn’t one of my favorites.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I don’t think I would read this again.

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Book Review: Love, Rosie


Synopsis from Amazon:

What happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right.

Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, the are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston. Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.

I’ll admit I’m a hopeless romantic so I’m a sucker for a good love story and this one is great. I first heard about this book because it’s now a movie and of course I had to read the book before I saw the film (although of course the movie will disappoint me now).

The story follows Rosie and Alex, best friends since the age of seven, who go through multiple up and downs but always find there way back to each other. As friends of course. It was like watching a dance reading this book. They would come together and I would think finally they’re going to be together but then something/someone always got in the way.

The book is written entirely written in emails, letter, and instant messages sent not only between Alex and Rosie but also between their siblings, parents, other friends, and significant others. It expands over 40 years of time and it’s great watching Alex and Rosie grow up and grow together but also apart.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was really frustrating sometimes because I just wanted Alex and Rosie to be honest about feelings for each other but they act so stupid sometimes that I was annoyed. However it was also so funny to read all the things they would say to each other and all the things they wouldn’t.

Definitely a book to check out before you see the movie. Which stars Lily Collins so it’ll definitely be pretty good at least.

Favorite Line: 

Then the laughing stopped and there was this silence. What the hell was it? It was like the world stopped turning in that instant. Like everyone around us had disappeared. Like everything at home was forgotten about. It was as if those few minutes on this world were created just for us and all we could do was look at each other. It was like he was seeing my face for the first time.

Stars: 4 out of 5. I loved this book a lot but I wanted more from the ending. I was satisfied with it but after everything that happened in the novel I expected something bigger than what I got.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!!! I loved this book. Definitely one you’ll want to read. And so many good quotes. It was hard to pick just one.

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Also if you’re not afraid of spoilers check out the trailer for the movie below.