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The Time of My Life Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lucy's life is a mess. She's living in a tiny apartment where her rack of clothes has to double as the curtains. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda C. Wright
I like this book from start to end. It is about Lucy's story, itvery relatable and makes you put your life under perspective.Published 2 months ago by mariana
I'm waffling between 2 and 3 stars. I read this voraciously, waiting for it to fulfill the potential this story had, but in the end, I felt a little deflated. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rabid Reader
Amazing book that without pretending, makes you put your life under perspective. What would my life look life if I met him in person? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kika
fantastic story- very unique idea presented here- which turns it into a deeply profound novel on all levels.
I loved it and recommend it.
PERFECT!!!! Very real. Very relatable. I will be passing this book on to my daughter and my mother in law and my sister and anyone who wants it!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Morgan LaRoche
I loved this. It's a pretty easy read, but I kept getting excited by the personifies relationship between the main character and her life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maria
This novel is another one of Cecelia Ahern's captivating stories with a truly unique plot. Lucy is a witty, eccentric and any 20-something-year-old with a tendency of glamorizing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ashley Prado