Title: PS I Love You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Series: PS I Love You #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Contemporary romance, Death
Dates read: 8th – 29th March 2020
Publisher: Harper Collins
5th sentence, 74th page: Oh, I teach her English.
Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates…
But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences. No one could ever imagine them without each other.
When Gerry dies, Holly is devastated. But Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, one for each month of her year, each signed PS, I love you.
As the notes are opened, the man who knows Holly better than anyone teaches her that life goes on. With some help from friends and family, Holly laughs, cries and finds that life is for living – but it helps if there’s someone watching over you.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I saw the movie years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. But it was only recently that I realised that it was a book first. Plus, the movie has Gerrard Butler, so I wasn’t optimistic about the books chances of improving drastically on such a great man. But, as I normally end up discovering – this book was better than the movie. And although I didn’t really cry as much as I expected, it certainly helped me to grow a heart and seriously think about my own loved ones.
This story may be a romance, but, for me, it was definitely a lot more about Holly’s family and friends. Yes, throughout the entire tale, she is dealing with grief over losing the love of her life. But mostly she does this with the help from her friends and family. A big family I might add. With some great, distinct personalities that constantly move and clash against each other. I love that although there is such love and support throughout this whole story, it’s not just about that. There is also a lot of conflict and difficulties that they each face. And, the most poignant thing about all of these relationships? That moment when they start to move on before Holly and just how difficult that is… for everyone.
Being in isolation, you tend to think a little more about thinks. And this book certainly makes you do that. I spent most of the time in which I was reading this thinking about what I would do in this situation. How I would deal with knowing that I was terminal. What I would say to my other half. It’s incredibly morbid. But it’s also the sweetest thing – finding a way to help that one person you love above all else actually move on and forwards in life.
This is an amazing book. Nowhere near as sad as I was expecting. Not that it’s an uplifting story either… but it could be much more tragic and scaring. Instead, it’s hopeful. The whole novel ends on a nice, hopeful note that makes you think that death isn’t necessarily the end, just the beginning of something new.
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