P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern August 12, 2009Posted by KJ theBookGirl in review.
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“Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.
They were childhood sweethearts – no one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.
Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms Holly discovers Gerry had left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding her into her new life without him, each signed ‘PS, I Love You’.
With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing – and being braver than ever before.
Life is for living, she realises – but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.”
PS, I Love You is a very emotional book, as is expected, but Ahern has managed to make the emotions very realistic throughout the novel, conveying as well as possible the extreme grief that Holly goes through, and the hardship it takes to simply keep living. Ahern, too, manages to show how Holly still can have good days, good emotions, good times even through this grief and I think this is what makes Ahern so gifted at her craft.
The plot follows Holly over the course of roughly a year as she goes through the motions of life without the person who made it worth living. It follows her adventure as she receives each letter, and thus learns to cope with her grief, her life and other people’s lives.
It is weird because it is a book you can relate to really well, even if you haven’t lost your soul-mate. What I mean is, you can relate to having to struggle through something, and to be forced to persist even if you’d rather just give up and curl up. Most people have to go through situations where they wish they could change something every day, but are forced to see their friends happy and unaffected, the way they should be.
In that way, the novel is written exceptionally well and teaches you to hold on and never to give up, because things will change.
In a more technical way the book is also very good; it comfortably shows how families have various strengths and weaknesses, and demonstrated well all sorts of different characters and the way they interact. It gives problems which can’t be solved instantly, as well as moments of happiness which form on their own.
Holly is extremely well written, as the major event – the death of her husband – causes her not only to have to endure life without him, but re-evaluate her life, and rethink how she is. It gives her the time and space to make her a stronger and kinder person.
In conclusion this book is well worth a read, and although it will make many a reader gently cry for Holly and those in her situation, it will also allow one to laugh out loud at her humorous friends and family, and learn to appreciate life for what it is – a short but miraculous thing.