Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stephany Read P.s. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

Title/Author: P.s. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
Publisher/Year: Hyperion/December 2005
How I Got It: Public library
Why I read it: I just learned it was a book, so I wanted to read it seems like I watched the movie!
Rating: 5 Stars

Let me first start off by mentioning that this is the book to the popular movie, P.s. I love you! I didn't realize that the movie was a book, until just recently and I wanted to check it out. For those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, or read the book, let me tell you what it's about.

This story line consists of two main characters by the names of Holly and Gerry. They are married, and have been together for a very long time. They have the kind of love/relationship that everyone envies. It's what most people call falling in love with your best friend, soul mate, and finding your first true love. Unfortunately, at the young age of 30, Gerry is diagnosed with a terrible illness that causes him to lose his life. Gerry has left Holly a series of letters, that are instructing her to do things that she wouldn't normally do without having Gerry right beside her. Hes made these letters for her so she can move on with her life after he's gone and so she's able to live again.

This story is funny, heartwarming, sad, heartbreaking, and teaches all a lesson. I can sort of relate to this book. Not in the aspect of losing someone I love dearly due to death, but in the aspect that I did go through a break up about a year or so ago, with my first true love, my best friend, who I was with for 7 years. This books shows us how challenging it is to lose someone that has been your everything for quite some time, whether it's through death, or just because you've separated into your own lives. It shows us that even when you think that you just can not go on living without this person, you really can. It's all about grieving, and eventually finding that inner strength inside of you to take a deep breath, say "I will be okay!" and start living your life to the fullest again. You pick yourself back up after hitting the ground, and you LIVE! Because sadly, the world doesn't stop for a broken heart.

I can also relate to this book as in the fact that Holly did everything with, and for Gerry. She wasn't her own person, she couldn't go anywhere without having him right there besides her, she wanted him there always. She wanted to experience every single thing with him, or not at all. That's how I was when I was with my boyfriend for 7 years. I didn't know how to live my life as an individual. Once you lose that person who was literally your everything, you learn how to be independent, do things on your own, and be happy again! And let me tell you, it's the most amazing feeling ever when you finally realize this.

While Holly is going through this rough time in her life, she's able to get through it with the help of her two best friends, and her family. Holly is faced with troubling times when she is still grieving and has to watch her two best friends get married, and the other one is having a baby. Holly know that's suppose to be her and Gerry having the baby, so she goes through a selfish period where luckily, her friends understand that she's just having a rough time. While Holly is faced with all of these emotions, ups and downs, times of success and triumph, she has to realize that it's what Gerry wanted, which takes her a long time to realize. She feels as if she can't move on, fall in love again, or be happy without Gerry. That's why he wrote the letters to her, to show her that he wants her to move on, and live life.

I absolutely loved this book. As I said, it's funny, happy, sad, heartwarming, heartbreaking, but all in all, it's a fantastic book that teaches all of us how to move on, be happy and to live life to the fullest, no matter what.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. And of course, watch the movie as well if you haven't already!


  1. I loved this movie! I feel like I can really relate to that loss aspect. I lost my mother 4 years ago to brain cancer and grieving and loss is just a crazy thing.

    I'm not sure if I could read the book because I hate reading a book after I already see the movie but I might have to think about it.

  2. I adored the book! I watched the movie first and was amazed at how different they are. I only give the movie justice because Gerard Butler is in it :)
    Read the book Jamie, it's SO much better!

  3. I hated the book but loved the movie! I love the soundtrack in the movie for sure and I cried my eyes out in the film. I just couldn't get into the book at all.

  4. Really? That's weird... I thought the book was quite good. In the beginning it followed the movie pretty closely. In my opinion, the book is basically just more detail of what the movie didn't show. It gives you more of an insight of who Gerry and Holly were.

    And Jamie, I am so sorry to hear that. I know the type of loss I had mentioned isn't anywhere near as devastating as what you've gone through, as well as the characters in this book. I lost my Uncle to brain cancer in May 2010, so I can also relate in a way with that as well. I do think you should read the book though.

  5. Really great review. I actually read the book first, and then watched the movie.. both are so special in their own ways. Both made me cry buckets. I would give it 5 stars as well!

  6. This sounds like a really good read

  7. abosultely loved the book and is my favorite book till now...have read it countless times and still cry everytym reading it

  8. I love the book and the movie was one of my favorites. I watched it everytime, I think I have the lines memorized by heart.

    Love the review!

  9. I like the movie a lot, but i thought the book was very boring! =[ I can understand, in certain ways what Holly's been trough, but the author took too long to develop the history, i didn't like!

    But, i love your review! Very basic, but at the same time, deep! I'll come visit more often!


  10. I loved this movie, so I'm glad that you liked the book as well, because now I'll give it a shot. Great review!


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