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Holly is a young Irish woman has just lost her husband.

She struggles with what to do with her life now that the love of her life is gone. She struggles to get up each morning. She doesn't leave the house anymore or talk to her family and friends. Her mother calls one day to tell her that she has a package and needs to pick up. Holly gets it and realizes that it contains letters from her husband that he wrote before he died. There are 10 letters each containing some instruction on what to do nowthat he is gone. She is only allowed to read one letter a month and each one comes with instructions about what to do now that he is gone. These are things she wouldn't have done if he were still alive, but because they are from him she abides by his wishes. All the while she realizes that even though he is gone he is still with her in spirit and she must go on with her life. Holly finds a job, meets new people and trys to keep life normal. She goes out partying with friends and goes on vacation. She wrestles with the possiblity of starting a new romance. All the while trying to stay true to her husband. In the end she realizes life does go on. Her husband wants her to be an independent lover of life. He wouldn't be disappointed if she went on to be happy without him. " Renee Hawes, Resident Scholar "Holly and Gerry met through mutual friends while still in junior high school. They became sweethearts as both recognized that they had met their love buddy. Eventually they married. He promised Holly that if he ever left her, he would leave her with a list. Two months later Gerry is dead. After fifteen plus years from they met, thirty years old Gerry was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A few months after Gerry's death an almost thirty Holly remains grieving unable to leave her home. Her mom calls to tell her that she has a package addressed to Holly with the word List above her name. A stunned Holly realizes somehow Gerry marshaled his energy to give her ten months of lists to help regain her equilibrium because he loved her so much he wanted her to live. Now Holly begins to follow Gerry's list with one envelop opened per month as he reaches from beyond the grave to help his beloved return to the living. Title aside even if it is the salutation of each of Gerry's notes, PS, I LOVE YOU is a powerful character study that focuses on grieving and healing. Holly is a fantastic protagonist who begins to mend through the solace provided by Gerry. Her weird family and her best friends provide sympathy, but cannot help her overcome her dread of life without Gerry. The hero is incredible as he knew when he will die and planned accordingly for what he could do to get his cherished Holly out of her depression and mourning and into the light of life. Cecelia Ahern provides a powerful drama that will leave no one dry-eyed. " Brittany S, Resident Scholar " Hyperion, Feb 2004, 21.45, 384 pp.

ISBN: 1401300901 Holly and Gerry met through mutual friends while still in junior high school. They became sweethearts as both recognized that they had met their soul mate. Eventually they married. He promised Holly that if he ever left her, he would leave her with a list. Two months later Gerry is dead. After fifteen plus years from they met, thirty years old Gerry was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A few months after Gerry's death an almost thirty Holly remains grieving unable to leave her home. Her mom calls to tell her that she has a package addressed to Holly with the word List above her name. A stunned Holly realizes somehow Gerry marshaled his energy to give her ten months of lists to help regain her equilibrium because he loved her so much he wanted her to live. Now Holly begins to follow Gerry's list with one envelop opened per month as he reaches from beyond the grave to help his beloved return to the living. Title aside even if it is the salutation of each of Gerry's notes, PS, I LOVE YOU is a powerful character study that focuses on grieving and healing. Holly is a fantastic protagonist who begins to mend through the solace provided by Gerry. Her weird family and her best friends provide sympathy, but cannot help her overcome her dread of life without Gerry. The hero is incredible as he knew when he will die and planned accordingly for what he could do to get his cherished Holly out of her depression and mourning and into the light of life. Cecelia Ahern provides a powerful drama that will leave no one dry-eyed.

Cecelia Ahern's 'PS, I Love You' may fall into the chick lit genre but, even though there's little here to tax the brain, its message is a strong one. The central premise is good. Holly's husband Gerry leaves her a set of monthly tasks to help her get her life in order after his untimely death. Over ten months, she learns to laugh again and to assert her independence, while holding onto her memories. There is no doubt that Ahern has talent. She has written a tale that is both funny and emotional. Particularly tender are the scenes involving Gerry. His determination to help Holly get on with her life after he is gone is touching. The sadness never becomes too maudlin though, as some good one-liners and memorable scenes keep you smiling. There are some elements that don't ring true. Much of the tale revolves around getting drunk, Holly getting her roots done and shopping, all of which make parts of the story seem vacuous and immature. These are the moments where the author's lack of life experience are glaringly obvious and we are left to wonder what the book could have been if

Ahern had waited a few years and let both the idea and her writing mature

Cecelia Aherns first novel was launched with a maximum of hype and publicity. If one believes the publicity, she is the next Shakespeare a suggestion which does no favours for Ms Ahern. Readers expectations are raised to expect a profound work of literature and instead they get a nice holiday read. The heroine of the book is Holly, a thirty year old Dublin woman whose husband died of cancer and who is trying to get on with her life as a young widow. The idea is brilliant her husband leaves her a series of challenges to be carried out each month during the year following his death. However, the authors writing skills do not live up to the good idea. It is clichd and predictable with more than a suggestion of the Dort accent and lifestyle, which revolves round trendy night clubs and bars and getting stupidly and embarrassingly drunk. The characters are slightly drawn and are the stock figures of romance disapproving in-laws, unsympathetic and tear-away siblings and supportive but puzzled parents who all behave predictably. The theme of the book is, I think, meant to be how Holly comes to terms with the devastation of losing her husband with his help. Bereavement and loss are very weighty subjects for a young inexperienced author to tackle effectively. She does not succeed in doing justice to her chosen theme and fails to convey any depth of feelings or emotion in her main character. That said, this is an easy read with an in-built feel-good factor and is ideal for whiling away the hours on the beach. ***The plot*** Holly Kennedy and Gerry were made for each other, true soulmates who fell in love at a very young age. It sounds like a dream come true, but the dream is quickly shattered when Gerry is told than his frequent migraines are actually caused by a brain tumour and that he will only have a few months left to live. Gerrys death naturally shatters Hollys world, as she finds herself alone and having lost her husband, lover and best friend all at once. Like anyone who has experienced such loss, she is unable to work, unable to do anything normal people would do, and unable to be properly happy for her best friends who are continuing with their lives without Gerry. Holly was always very dependent on Gerry, which makes the loss so much harder. But thoughtful Gerry has prepared for this situation in advance. Shortly before Hollys 30th birthday, she receives a mysterious envelope which turns out to have been sent by Gerry before he died. In this envelope she finds a series of smaller envelopes, one for each month until the end of the year. As she soon discovers, each envelope contains a little message with a task for her to do and each note is signed PS, I love you.

With the help of these notes and the continuous support by friends and family, Holly gradually manages to return to normal life and learns to laugh again. But the road to a normal life is riddled with the occassional backlapses.

***My opinion*** I have to admit, the synopsis sounded great when I first picked up the book. It just seemed like Ahern had managed to write a book for women that would not end up being the usual unrealistic fairytale. But as I started reading the book I quickly found that Ahern did not manage to convert her exceptionally good idea into an enjoyable read. *Writing style* In the first place, I felt like the book was very clumsily written. It contains a lot of dialogue between the individual characters, but the way the dialogue is written, it is very broken up and it does not flow at all. Instead of just letting the conversation flow line by line, there is too much interruption by using words such as Leo said, she replied, the girls teased, Sharon asked, etc. While it is necessary on occasion to use such verbs to convey what the characters are feeling, e.g. by saying, Holly laughed, I find it strictly unnecessary to use these verbs at the end of nearly every line. It just makes the whole conversation seem chopped and like a telephone attendance or meeting note written at work. To Aherns credit, her writing style is not all bad. She successfully manages to set each of the scenes in a very descriptive manner, so that the reader manages to visualise every house, pub, workplace or holiday destination. It is really just the dialogue that she should be working on. *Characters* The second thing that bothered me is that there was really only one character in the whole book who I liked, and she was a minor character: Hollys younger sister Ciara, who is a bit crazy, loves things like bungee jumping, travelling the world and mutilating her body with tatoos and piercings. Her craziness just shines through in every scene, and you feel like you can actually see her in front of you. Every other characters was just bland, to say the least. I am sure Ahern wants the reader to be able to sympathise with Holly, to feel her loss, to feel sorry for her. But she simply did not succeed in making me feel anything towards Holly than pure annoyance. She seemed to be such a ditz who never appreciated her husband enough when he was alive and now only realised he had been such a wonderful and devoted husband. I kind of pictured a Victoria Beckham-type woman, a bit self-centred and too preoccupied with her life and her looks. One of the characters says at some stage that Holly was such a caring person. If it was Aherns intent to make Holly come across as caring, she has absolutely failed. I understand that the woman is grieving and that she is entitled to be preoccupied with herself, but Ahern often writes about scenes from the past that involve Holly. This would have been an opportunity to make Holly shine

through as a caring person. But even in the scenes from the past, she just comes across as a ditz who drinks too much and becomes rather embarassing in the process. The characters are very unoriginal. Hollys best friends are Sharon, Denise and Abbey and they all seem to be strongly modelled on the women from Sex & The City. Holly is very much like Carrie one big love in life, trying to be independent, but she is really not. Sharon is very much like Charlotte, devoted wife and very straight-laced. Denise is very much like Samantha a bit slutty, but she settles down eventually. And Abbey is probably the closest one to Miranda, although she is more a mix between Charlotte and Miranda. Its hard to tell with her she does not have a big role in the storyline and is easily forgotten about.

***The verdict*** PS, I love you is an international bestseller that has been highly rated by both book critics and Ciao members. The book has been described as funny and witty with a heartbreaking storyline. I was therefore surprised to discover that I could barely chuckle at anything. I actually thought that most of the scenes that were supposed to be funny were rather embarassing and stereotypical. Other scenes were just plain unrealistic. I also failed to feel the heartbreak and emotion that Ahern intended the reader to feel while reading the book. To me, the book was just one big waste of time. That said, it is an easy read and if you need something brainless that you can read on the train on the way to work, you could be picking worse. It is a quick read, that can be easily interrupted and picked up again.

loved every bit of this book. Ps, I love you is the story of childhood sweethearts - Gerry and Holly who are married after a very long courtship. The book begins with Gerry passing away because of a brain tumour. But before he goes he makes this list of 12 chits for Holly (every chit to be opened for the 1st of every month) - about things she should do in that one month. The ultimate goal of these notes is to help her conquer her fears, move on and finally also find love for herself. And at the end of each note Gerry writes: ps: i love you. Some of the chits include - throwing away Gerry's clothes now that he is gone, doing a karaoke (she was scared of doing one), going on her favourite holiday destination, buying a new dress for her b'day and ultimately being open to the idea of marrying again. And Holly, like a devoted and loving wife, does everything mentioned in the notes - only for her Gerry. For her living without Gerry is tough because she has to begin from scratch find herself a job or rather think what she would like to do in life and then also get used to living without him. The sections

where she waits for the clock to strike 12 so thst she can open Gerrys next note and the time when she chooses to throw his clothes without any help (because she wants to recollect all the wonderful memories associated with Gerrys clothes) are very touching. Also the part where she is sad that after Gerrys last note she feels she has nothing of Gerry to look forward to is very touching.

O mais importante fica por dizer... Holly Kennedy (interpretada por Hilary Swank) bonita, inteligente e casada com o amor da sua vida Gerry um apaixonado, divertido e impetuoso irlands. Quando Gerry morre, a vida de Holly parece tambm ter terminado. Ningum a conhece como Gerry. Mas ele no partiu sem planear tudo com antecedncia. Antes de morrer, Gerry escreve a Holly vrias cartas que a ajudaro a reencontrar a alegria de viver. No seu 30 aniversrio, Holly recebe um bolo e uma cassete gravada por Gerry que a incita a sair e celebrar a vida. Nas semanas e meses seguintes Holly recebe novas cartas, entregues de formas surpreendentes, que terminam todas com P.S. I Love You. Cada carta um passo em frente no processo de recuperao de Holly, que lentamente volta a acreditar na felicidade. Com as palavras de Gerry como seu guia, Holly embarca numa tocante, excitante e por vezes hilariante viagem de redescoberta numa histria sobre casamento, amizade e como a fora do amor consegue transformar a morte num novo comeo de vida. Aqui ficam algumas citaes das quais gostei: 1) Gerry Kennedy: [holding Holly by the shoulders] What do you want? I know what I want, cause I'm holding it in my hands. You.

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