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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.
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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Such a great story/concept. I really enjoyed the author's humor and style of writing. Easy flow of the story and very relatable to any one.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't put this down the moment I started reading. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something easy yet touching.Published 4 months ago by Vivienne Lay
Its hard to make an unrealistic concept feel real but this novel accomplished that. The plot was beautifully woven together, every character felt real and important. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy Piccolo
One of my favorite books of all time now. Ahern is great at catching the beautiful mess of life, and enfolding it in the most magical, satisfying manner. My favorite author!Published 5 months ago by Holly Roberds
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