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Ahern has cornered the market on chick lit with a magical twist, and her latest revolves around a young woman whose own “Life,” mysteriously personified by a disheveled young man, intervenes to get her to shape up and stop making a complete mess of her existence. Lucy Silchester hasn’t been honest with her friends, or herself, since her boyfriend, Blake, dumped her. Lucy can’t seem to escape Blake, now the star of his own travel show, or the suspicion that he’s hooked up with a pretty production assistant. Lucy’s wealthy, judgmental family stages an intervention with her Life, who is none too happy with how Lucy has been operating the past few years. Lucy is equally unimpressed with her Life when she meets him and decides she wants nothing to do with him, until a secret she’s been keeping from her coworkers and boss puts her in a dangerous situation. Reluctantly, Lucy agrees to let Life keep her company and help her face the hard truths about herself she’s been avoiding. Another whimsical, heartwarming tale from Ahern. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Ahern pull it off with panache... Sick of being overlooked, Lucy's life play a blinder as he insists on accompanying her to the office, meets her flabbergasted friends and even does a little matchmaking along the way' Daily Express 'A wonderfully enchanting, tender and beautifully penned tale' Candis Magazine ' A warm and thought-provoking read' Good Housekeeping 'Unique and magical' Heat 'Funny, touching, insightful' Daily Express
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007433956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007433957
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,254,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers P.S. I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; and The Gift. The daughter of Ireland's former prime minister, she lives in Dublin.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on December 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
And that is exactly who Life - or shall I say Cosmo Brown - reminded me of when dealing with Lucy.

I always know I'm reading a good book when I start reading extra fast, trying so hard not to skip words, or lines, or even pages because I'm dying to know what happens next. But then when I'm done, I'm left feeling bereft and sad, because I wanted it to go on for much longer.

I can very gladly say that Cecelia Ahern is back. Her creativity, her ideas and her imagination are the things that attracted me most about her books. It has never taken me longer than a day to finish an Ahern book, and once I discovered her, I made sure I read every single book she ever wrote. But then came "The Book of Tomorrow", and not to say it wasn't good, but it just wasn't up to par. I finished it feeling slightly disappointed, and not as overwhelmed or thoughtful as her books usually left me. And then I read "Girl in the Mirror", and that was more than just a disappointment, it was...well, really badly executed. For a minute, I allowed myself to think that Ahern has finally run out of ideas, and has lost her sparkle.

This book proved me wrong - Lucy is a completely ordinary girl, who goes about living her life like any normal person would. She's had her problems, be it romantic, professional or family-related. She tries dealing with them the only way she could - denial. Denial usually leads to lying, the phrase that is as old as time becomes common - "I'm fine", that typical answer to the question "What's wrong?" - "Nothing" is always at the tip of her tongue.

Lucy was fine, and there was nothing wrong with her - so her Life decides to take things into his own hands.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad VINE VOICE on May 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Lucy is a bit of a mess. She is hung up on her ex, driving a hunk of junk, living in a flat the size of a postage stamp, and in a mediocre job. And she constantly lies to everyone, about everything. So, when Lucy receives an invitation from the personification of her life, of course she tries to weasel out of it. But, Lucy's Life must be dealt with, as she soon finds out.

This book was just a little too much for me. The concept, that one's life is personified and perpetually audited or manipulated by that person was just a little too cutesy for me. The writing style in the book (at nearly 500 pages) was a little too wordy for me. Lucy as a character was a little too wacky for me. The substories going on were a little too many for me. In short, this book, for me, was just too much of nothing.

I did not like Lucy as a character; it is hard for me to like anyone who lies so much. And though the story was set up for her to redeem herself, I never did find her redeemable. For me, the thing that saved the book was the character of Lucy's Life. While I disliked the concept of the personification of a life, the actual character is warm, and charming, and perhaps the most likable thing about the book. All I could think, as I read it, was that if this book were ever made into a movie, I think David Tennant (of Doctor Who fame) would be the perfect selection for Lucy's Life. He was who I pictured the entire time I read the book. And that is what made finishing the book bearable. And just a note, I would totally watch a movie version of this, particularly if David Tennant did play Lucy's Life. I can see this being a very cute movie.

Fans of very light chick lit will probably like this book much more than I did. I can see how it would be a light, funny read, but it just did not connect with me.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda S. Bean VINE VOICE on March 28, 2013
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I have enjoyed just about all of Ahern's novels - they are light, fast and fun reads. And her more recent novels uniquely blend a sort of magical realism with the romantic comedy. They are all a lot of fun to read and I am genuinely surprised that more of them aren't movies! Her premise here is particularly original. Life has a corporeal form and Lucy's Life needs fixing. Lucy's narration has a lot of humour and heart and it feels like a very personal sort of story that really works and stands out from her other novels. And even though the page count reaches over four hundred pages, it still feels like an abrupt sort of ending - I wasn't ready to see Lucy's story end! The most dissatisfying aspect of the novel, though, is that Lucy's Life really only seems focused on aspect- her lovelife (though her career and familial relationships are also in shambles). But this keeps it a lighthearted and fun book - it just would have been nice to see a bit more meaningful change. Still, it's fast paced - I read it virtually one sitting! - and there are some genuinely funny scenes and some great, naturally humourous dialogue and some touching moments as well. This isn't my favorite of Ahern's novels, but it is certainly one of her more creative premises! And I am am as eager as ever to see what Ahern will follow this up with!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
As usual I received this book because of some random giveaway or other so I didn't pay even a farthing for it. Unfortunately I don't recall exactly which giveaway because it's been festering at the bottom of my pile for quite some time. Despite that I give my candid opinions below.

I'm exceptionally late to the party on this book so I won't attempt the usual Positives/Negatives bit as I usually do. This book was a real perplexity for me. I spent the majority of the text trying to figure out if the central figure of "Life" (as described in the back-cover description) was an actual physical person or a metaphor for human existence. Unfortunately, even after 486 pages I still don't really know for sure.

This book has a property that I've not found in a title for quite some time. I consider myself a fairly attentive and avid reader but it's seldom that a book makes me late to work and then late to bed and generally takes over my life. For the few days it took to finish it I did little else but read this book and find ways to compress my other daily duties to accommodate more time for it. I learned during this period just the perfect way to balance a bowl of morning cereal while reading. The only problem with all this is that I'm not actually entirely sure why it was such a fascinating book.

At least in part the ambiguity of one of the main characters has a role to play in this miniature obsession. I love nothing more than a good mystery to be unraveled and even now I'm left rather unsatisfied and confused on this topic. It's also, perhaps, because I can relate to the main character. She shuts herself off from others with lies and keeps the world at a distance. This resonates with me personally but my weapon of choice is humor and deflection.
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