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February 28, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

The Time of my Life

Time of my life

If my life wrote to me I wonder what it would say – perhaps concentrate on the positive, you have cool hair or maybe even you talk too much, listen for a change! More importantly would it love me or hate me or both? I guess only I can answer that question.

Cecelia Ahern’s fabulous book The Time of my Life sees protagonist Lucy meet and get to know her life. When life first turns up Lucy is reluctant to take notice, she believes she is just fine and that the letter she receives is a mistake because she clearly has everything under control. When Lucy finally agrees to meet her life (after much pestering) he turns out to be a very unappealing, downtrodden man with a bad attitude and Lucy can’t quite believe that this is her life. Life gradually teaches Lucy to pay attention to him, to face up to her problems (and her parents) and to learn to love herself again.

It sounds cheesy but this book is truly heartwarming so it deserves the gushing! Cecelia Ahern is a great writer and although I enjoyed her first book P.S I Love You I think the quality of her books have improved greatly since and there is an ease to her writing that she hadn’t quite found then. I love her Irish sense of humour and, much like my other favourite Irish author, Marian Keyes, her warmth is as welcome as a hot chocolate on a day where hypothermia seems probable. This is a firm favourite of mine and something I’m sure I will read again in times when I need a bit of comfort and warm book love.

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