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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cecelia Ahern - PS, I Love You

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (February 4, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401300901

My rating: 4 ♥

First Sentence:
HOLLY HELD THE BLUE COTTON sweater to her face and the familiar smell immediately struck her, an overwhelming grief knotting her stomach and pulling at her heart.

I found this book at a library sale. It's for a dollar. I have it on my TBR pile for a few months when I heard it's going to be a movie. I read it and have so much fun with it, even though it's kind of sad. There are funny moments too.

I have read this author's other book Love, Rosie, which was a delightful book to read. I am looking forward to the movie for this book, PS, I Love You because it has Gerard Butler in it.

From Publishers Weekly
Ahern, the mediagenic 22-year-old daughter of Ireland's prime minister, debuts with a sweet, sentimental tale of a young widow's trials and triumphs in the year after her husband's death. Soul mates Holly and Gerry married in their early 20s; when Gerry dies of brain cancer at 30, Holly is utterly bereft. But Gerry has a final gift: a series of letters, which Holly is to open on the first of each month from March to New Year's, and which will guide her on her journey from grief. Gerry correctly predicts that Holly will not have gone through his belongings by June, found a new job by September or considered falling in love again by December, but with his posthumous epistolary encouragement she does all those things. She also enters a karaoke contest, takes a beach vacation and dances at a holiday ball she'd always attended with Gerry. The months pass as close friends help prop Holly up; around her, a marriage falls apart, a couple gets engaged and a friend announces her pregnancy. Within her tight-knit family, Holly's youngest brother makes a revealing film of her birthday party, her elder brothers change places in her allegiance and her parents take in one stray grown child after another for stays short and long. Ahern's speed (she wrote the book in three months) and her youth do show-the wisdom in evidence owes much to Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella-and her prose is pedestrian. She boasts a natural storytelling talent, however, resulting in a compelling tale sparked by an unusual premise.

14 comments:

  1. I just got done reading this book and I loved it!! I dont know if i'd want to see the movie because it looks like they changed a lot of it.

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  2. I loved the movie not even 10 minutes into the movie i was crying isnanely and through out the movie i still seemed to cry now i will read the book

    Ps. i didnt know irish men were so hot!!

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  3. Hi Anon, I haven't seen the movie...unfortunately.

    I'd love to tonight with my daughter maybe.

    I love Gerard Butler and can't wait to oggle him...er see the movie that is.

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  4. i've never read the book.
    but the movie was GREATTTT. (:
    i saw it last night.
    but if your going to go see it, take some tissues, because i cried. and other people there did too.
    btw-Gerald Butler is INSANLEYY hot in the movie.

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  5. Not only is Gerry Butler the hottest man alive, he's Scottish, hence the wonderful accent, not Irish. (not that Irish guys are anything to sneeze at!)

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  6. I just finished reading - If You Could See Me Now! It was a beautiful story and brought me through a roller coaster of emotions. So of course I couldn't wait to see the movie PS, I Love You... even though I have not read it yet. The best thing was I absolutely love Gerard Butler. He was the perfect actor to play this part.
    I am now more in love with him than ever.

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  7. I still have not seen the movie...I can't seem to get away.

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  8. ive read the book twice, once a while back and recently when i found the film was being released. the film was amazing and i cried throughout! they have changed quite a lot of the film but it is still a success.

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  9. just saw the film, was pretty good, harry connick jr. was surprisingly good

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  10. Last night was the second time i saw the movie. Ps. I love you. It was great, and Hillary, Gerard both played the parts well. I think i can speak for a lot of women out there. Why cant more men be like that? Not only irish and scottish but hot inside and out. I am still waiting for the perfect guy to find me. I am heading to college next fall hoping to date and find my prince charming. This movie moved me so much. I live every day now like its my last, but i realize that there are many guys out their who care enough to be in love. This movie is a must see. Great job everyone who was envolved in this project.

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  11. i loved this book. I really enjoyed the movie too because gerard is so fricken hansome! did anyone see the phantom of the opera? wow.

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  12. Urgh, I hated this novel. I had heard so many wonderful things about Ahern's debut novel that I decided to give it a try. By the middle of the book I was so confused on why people thought this was a wonderful movel. I couldn't wait until it was over. I did not connect whatsoever with any of the characters. I've been known to sob over novels, even commercials (okay during PMS), but I was dry-eyed throughout it. I haven't seen the movie, but I suspect that it will be a lot better than the book.

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  13. loved the movie, especially because it had Gerry Butler in it, but i didn't know what book it was based on. i'll have to add this one to my list.

    p.s. Gerard Butler is actually Scottish, but he could have fooled me. :)

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