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The Time of My Life Paperback – May 1, 2012

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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 (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,110,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I was not a fan of Ahern before this. I for one did not like P.S. I Love You, but this book seemed like such an interesting concept that I had to read it. I'm glad that I did. I stayed up until almost four in the morning on a work night to finish it. I don't understand the other commentators who said that the concept isn't new. It isn't? I haven’t read, or even heard of, a book about your life showing up in physical form to try and make you fix it and I have read tens of thousands of books in my life, possibly into the hundred thousand. So it was new to me and I loved the idea. Life, Lucy's life, starts sending her cards asking her to meet with him and she ignores him until she can't take the hounding any longer. Life is a physical person and we all have one slogging away somewhere keeping notes of our lives. How happy and healthy our "Life" is depends on us. The big and little decisions that we make every day have power even when we can't see that power in front of us.
This book was more than a novel, more than fiction. Ahern really gives the reader a lot to think about and some advice that's well needed. Life shouldn't (and really isn't) about keeping up with others and looking good. It's about being happy and owning who we are. This books shows that so well. When I finished it I even got out a notebook and made some notes about my own life. It's a thought provoking book that has more power than a hundred so called "self-help" books that I've read. But that's what good fiction is supposed to be about. Good fiction tells a tale, draws you in and makes you think. It entertains and enlightens and that's exactly what Ahern has done here. Highly recommend this book for pure pleasure reading and also if you're feeling down or uncertain of your life or your life choices.
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