Book Review: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

I remember telling this to my friend 8 years ago,you gotta stop reading that book and start reading our textbooks as our O-level examination is next year. Yaya was like “I can’t stop reading and let me just finish this.” I definitely understand exactly why she cannot stop. This definitely not my typical kind of read where I prefer mystery, horror and motivational stories over romance genre. I picked up the book (this also a first physical book after years of not touching any other books which is not studies related or work related) and here is what I gotta say on it.

P.S I Love You is definitely not the happy ending or fairy-tale kind of story. It is rather reality or I could say life. Every line I read got me excited for the next line. Not forgetting every predictions I had on what is next on the plot was all incorrect. Seriously I didn’t even get one right on the guesses where I need to agree it is not typical story. What Gerry’s letter would say is total surprise to the reader as not much details on the character or details of Gerry was revealed until the respective letter was opened.

The story begin in Dublin with Holly mourning over the death of her husband, Gerry due to brain tumor. Everyday is another chance she takes to compose herself but it is just impossible as Gerry was her best friend, lover and soul mate. Memories with Gerry comes and goes. “The List” that was left by Gerry for Holly helped her get through life and give her new strength to start living again. There were 10 envelopes altogether, one for each month from March to December. Another question keeping coming back to me “What will happen after the tenth envelope is opened?”. Along with the message on these letter, the story evolves around her family members Ciara (sister), Richard (brother), Meredith (Richard’s wife), Timothy (Richard’s son), Emily (Richard’s daughter), Declan (brother), Jack (brother), Abbey (Jack’s girlfriend), Elizabeth (mother) and Frank (father) and her friends Sharon (friend), Denise (friend) and John (Sharon’s husband and Gerry’s best friend). Every character had a different story to tell and how they viewed Holly and the bond they shared with Holly was absolutely unique as well as added so much value to the story.

More anticipation is added to the story with the introduction of Daniel to the plot who slowly became Holly’s friend who she beat the boredom that strikes around the couples and her good company. The entire book is just unique piece of art but loved this from the book:

“Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we’re gone.”

Holly’s new spirit at work was something I was delighted to hear after her failure or her spirit from her previous jobs. The words by Chris (Holly’s boss) did so much good:

“I mean learn to love yourself. Learn to love your new life. Don’t let your entire life revolve around your job. There’s more to it than that.”

My favourite letter was the last one:

Don’t be afraid to fall in love again. Open your heart and follow where it leads you…

and remember, shoot for the moon…

PS. I will always love you …

If you haven’t read this masterpiece, you definitely need this in your life.

“Sometimes it’s about living life one letter at a time.”

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