AbandonThought Posted October 3, 2009 Report Share Posted October 3, 2009 I just thought I should post a quick message about what this book meant to me. I went to Borders today actually looking for a copy of Marian Keyes's "Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married," but they didn't have it. I was happy walking away after stumbling across Cecelia Ahern's "PS I Love You" and deciding to give it a try. Alright, I know how frivolously people throw this phrase around, but I couldn't put the book down. There's only one other book that I have read in one day, and that was Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones." If you're familiar with that story, that should be testament to how good "PS I Love You" is, since they now fall in the same category for me. PS I Love You was the role that made me fall in love with Gerry, and I've always identified with Holly. In the book, Holly is even better. Since there's inevitably a lot more character development possible in a 470 page book than a 2 hour movie, Holly is much more well-rounded in the book. She's so much more than just the grieving widow... she's a complete and beautiful human, and you're able to see her strength just as much as her weakness. The book has very little in common with the movie, but both are so beautiful in their own right, and the message of both are still consistent. This book somehow made me laugh hysterically (I thought my sides were going to split!) and on the very same page made me burst into tears. Just as a taste, here are a few of the passages that spoke to me in particular: She was tired of just existing; she wanted to live. But what was the point of living when there was no life in it? These questions went through her mind over and over until she reached the point of not wanting to wake up from her dreams--they were what felt real. -p. 127She had loans up to her eyeballs, electricity bills, phone bills, insurance bills, everything that came through her door was a bloody bill, and she hadn't a clue how she was going to continue paying them all. But she didn't even care; she had become numb to all those irrelevant problems in her life. She just dreamed the impossible dreams. -p. 254She missed enjoying watching her favorite television programs instead of their just becoming something she would stare at blankly to pass the hours. She hated feeling like she had no reason to wake up; she hated the feeling when she did wake up. -p.269She laughed along with the jokes all night, she had felt excited for Denise, but she didn't feel like she was completely there. She felt like the shy girl at school who was always just there but never spoke and was never spoken to. She didn't recognize the person she had become; she wanted to be able to stop staring at the clock whenever she went out, hoping that the night would soon be over so she could go home and crawl into bed. She wanted to stop wishing time would pass and instead enjoy the moment. She was finding it hard to enjoy moments. -p. 385She was a woman who made mistakes, who sometimes cried on a Monday morning or at night alone in bed. She was a woman who often became bored with her life and found it hard to get up for work in the morning. She was a woman who more often than not had a bad hair day, who looked in the mirror and wondered why she couldn't just drag herself to the gym more often, she was a woman who had sometimes hated her job and questioned what reason she had to live on this planet. She was a woman who sometimes just got things wrong. On the other hand, she was a woman with a million happy memories, who knew what it was like to experience true love and who was ready to experience more life, more love and make new memories. Whether it happened in ten months or ten years . . . In the meantime, she would just live. -p. 469Wonderful book. I think I'll go to sleep now. Steph Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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