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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 (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,695,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

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.

Review

'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

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

The characters are well developed from the very beginning of the story.
Louise Llama
When I first started reading this book...I wasn't quite sure if I would enjoy it...however, the more I read, the more I couldn't put it down.
Amazon Customer
I can recommend this book to anyone who has needed to face their own Life and want to change things for the more positive way of living.
Grandma Morning

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23 of 24 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian Blue VINE VOICE on September 16, 2013
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I read "P.S. I Love You" several years ago. Though I really didn't like all aspects of the novel I did think it showed flashes of brilliance by Ms. Ahern. Reading her newest novel, "The Time of My Life" I just ended up feeling nothing but disappointment at an opportunity lost with this novel.

Lucy Silchester, the main protagonist is living in a small apartment with her cat, working a job she hates. Lucy keeps getting appointments for her to meet with her 'Life' and is doing her level best to avoid the appointment so she doesn't have to see what a mess she has turned her 'Life' into since she and her ex-boyfriend parted ways and she lost a high-paying job.

I loved the overall idea of this novel. A person has a physical form of their 'Life.' Your family and others around you can agree to send your Life to meet you in order for you to get it on the right track again. However, the novel really doesn't work when you factor in how unpleasant Lucy as a character was throughout this story.

Lucy has no redeeming qualities at all. She lies, which maybe would not have been an issue except as a reader you have to read paragraphs of her lies and then she says to you, "that was a total lie." All I felt was frustration since you never knew if what you were reading was actually what happened or not.

Besides the fact that Lucy lies, we quickly find out that she is a horrible friend, sister, daughter, and co-worker. I was still perplexed by the fact that Lucy has any friends at all considering how she behaved towards everyone.

When we get Lucy interacting with her 'Life' things at least become interesting since her 'Life' won't let her get away with half-truths or out right lies.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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