“Holly’s theory about the army,” Sharon explained.
“And what is it?” Denise asked, intrigued.
“Oh, that fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”
Summary taken from Goodreads:
Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. 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, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’.
As the notes are gradually opened, and as they year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. 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.
I couldn’t do it. I stopped on page 152. And this isn’t even the first Cecelia Ahern book I’ve read. I enjoyed The Book of Tomorrow. And I still want to read Love, Rosie.
- Holly, especially, was annoying and frustrating. She was just a little too whiny. I get that she’s in pain and lost the love of her life but it didn’t feel real.
- Speaking of characters, there were too many of them to keep straight when none of them had strong personalities. I couldn’t bring myself to care about any of them and that’s a huge downfall to me in books.
- In this book, all the characters voice’s sounded so stilted. It was easy to get out of the story because the conversations didn’t sound real. They fell flat.
This particular story would have been better suited as a short story or novella because the amount of actual plot points was few and far between. It was just slow going and I couldn’t stand it. I’m sure it picked up after I put it down but I lost interest.
Bottom line: This book wasn’t for me. I could see potential in the story but to me, it was executed poorly.
I am still looking forward to see if her writing has improved to me in Love, Rosie— which I hope to read this year at some point.
I think the heart of the story is great and I can’t wait to watch the movie version. Be sure to check out my Cinema Saturday post this Saturday about it.
Has anyone else read P.S. I Love You or anything else by Cecelia Ahern? What do you think of her writing?