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PS, I Love You [Abridged, Audiobook, CD]

Cecelia Ahern , Kati Nicholl , Dervla Kirwan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (573 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 Oct 2007

Meaningful, moving and magical - the classic bestselling love story

Everyone needs a guardian angel…

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 and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.

Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He's left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed 'PS, I Love You'.

As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing – and being braver than ever before.

Life is for living, she realises – but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.

Product details

  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged, Film tie-in edition (Reissue) edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007197910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007197910
  • ASIN: 0007197918
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (573 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. Her first novel, PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004 and a number one bestseller. Her successive bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift and The Book of Tomorrow. PS, I Love You became an International box office success, starring Hilary Swank, was a box office hit. Cecelia has also co-created the hit American television comedy series Samantha Who? In 2008 Cecelia won the award for Best New Writer at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Cecelia lives in County Dublin.

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Amazon Review

Cecelia Ahern's debut novel, PS, I Love You, follows the engaging, witty and occasionally sappy reawakening of Holly, a young Irish widow who must put her life back together after she loses her husband Gerry to a brain tumour. Ahern, the twentysomething daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister, has discovered a clever and original twist to the Moving On After Death concept made famous by novelists and screenwriters alike--Gerry has left Holly a series of letters designed to help her face the year ahead and carry on with her life. As the novel takes readers through the seasons (and through Gerry's monthly directives), we watch as Holly finds a new job, takes a holiday to Spain with her girlfriends, and sorts through her beloved husband's belongings. Accompanying Holly throughout the healing process is a cast of friends and family members who add as much to the novel's success as Holly's own tale of survival. In fact, it is these supporting characters' mini-dramas that make PS, I Love You more than just another superficial tearjerker with the obligatory episode at a karaoke bar. Ahern shows real talent for capturing the essence of an interaction between friends and foes alike; even if Holly's circle of friends does resemble the gang from Bridget Jones a bit too neatly to ignore (her best friend is even called Sharon).

While her style can be at times repetitive and her delivery is occasionally amateurish, Ahern deserves credit for a spirited first effort. If PS, I Love You is any indication of this author's talent, readers have much to look forward to as Ahern matures as a novelist and a storyteller. --Gisele Toueg, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘A sensational debut novel that proves true love never dies.’ Cosmopolitan

‘A wonderfully life-affirming, witty debut.’ Company

‘Like an Irish Sleepless in Seattle and almost certainly the chick-lit bestseller of the year.’ In Style

‘A fun, fresh read.’ Marie Claire

‘A wonderfully warm and witty debut from a terrific new writer…This exceptional novel about bereavement, friendship and lost love is both heartbreaking and uplifting.’ Express

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a tear-jerker 28 Dec 2004
By m
I am a complete bookworm. I read every bit of literacy set in front of me, and believe me, I never cry.
Whoops, don't believe me. I started reading PS I love you, on Christmas Day. I started to cry on Christmas Day, from the very first chapter!!! I then continued to cry throughout it is just so sad, but don't think its dreary, I was laughing through it too on too many frequent occasions.
The ending. Let's just say, I had it all planned in my head. It didn't happen as I thought.
My only comment is that on occasions the writing becomes a bit long-winded with scenes I didn't really find apporpriate. They became a bit passive, making me have to read the passage a second time to understand what had been said, but this does not take away from the story!
This is a lovely book from a talented author. I can't wait to read her other published book
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Teeth-grinding experience 18 Jan 2008
I read this book over a year ago, and have for the most part - blissfully - forgotten about it, until the film came out and stars one of my favourite actors, Gerard Butler. It brought back every emotion I had. This book is the only one I've read during which I've found myself grinding my teeth and had a perverse sense of joy when I recycled it. I should have put it down sooner, but I don't like giving up on books.

The concept is fine and some parts are good, but for the most part, it was so badly written and edited that I couldn't help but be frustrated.

Bearing in mind some details are fussy, my frustrations:

1. The main character is the only one capable of being funny - or so it's written. When she makes a remark, everybody laughs and spends hours (!) laughing at her joke/comment. In places, I had to re-read chapters in order to find out what was so funny. I never did.

2. Every new male character who is tall, dark and handsome falls madly in love with the lead character. Every new male character who is ordinary and 'ugly' is a creep. Furthermore, practically all the new female characters are horrendous creatures, who are nasty to the main character (of course!).

3. You're meant to believe that the main character - who's barely finished college, has never had a good full-time job, and has been unemployed for months since her husband's illness/death - can suddenly sit down and write a list of potential jobs she wants (out of about 15, only 1 is realistic and that's something like a marketing executive!!!). Of course, she applies and despite the complete lack of experience or qualifications, she gets an interview within a week, the job within a similar time frame, and ends up being the best employee the firm's ever had.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P.s I Love You 1 Oct 2004
By Louise
I am not much of a reader, but getting a voucher for my 18th, i thought I would change my habits.I saw this book and read the blurb which does not do it any justice at all.
From the minute I opened the book I found it very hard to tear myself away from it. finding that at every spare moment I had I would pick it up.
The story is based on Holly and her husband Gerry who passes away with a brain tumour. Holly, as many of us have found it hard losing others and this is no different. She stuggles to come to terms with what has happened to her.
She recieves a call from her mother saying there is a note for her. It turns out her husband has left her notes that last 10 months. Each month a new one is opened with something different to help guide her to progress with her life 'without' him. This novel is very heart felt and touched my heart on a number of occasions. Throughout the book I had to fight back the tears.
This is a must read! I'm just looking forward to many more of Aherns books to come.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 Sep 2004
This was an amazing book! I was hooked from the minute I picked it up. The mix of sad and happy emotions had me in tears on the tube - getting some very funny looks! I haven't read a book like it for many years and I'm a real book's a must for any book worm like myself!
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PS: This book is terrible 22 July 2004
By A Customer
I am ashamed to say that I bought this book because of the Richard & Judy recommendation; I knew it would be "lite" but thought that given the book's backing there must be more to it than your usual chick lit formulaic fluff. I knew within two pages that I was wrong; it is much worse than the average chick lit novel. The writing is so appallingly bad that I had to stop myself from flinging the book across the room and was surprised to read that the author had gone to journalism school (and there I was thinking she was a soppy thirteen-year-old). The characters are one-dimensional and boring and I quickly became tired of the author's continual and patronising reiteration that the characters are hilarious and mad. They most definitely are not. OK, maybe I would find them funny and cool if I was a middle-class teenage virgin who lived in a small village surrounded by pensioners and cows, but I'm not. And as any writer who has learnt the basics of writing knows, you don't keep telling the readers that your characters are this or that, you SHOW the reader your character's attributes. I feel that in this way, and indeed in many others, the author was badly let down by her editor if not her own lack of talent. The premise was interesting, and the book could have explored themes of grief and hope and carrying on in a mature and interesting way, but unfortunately the author just isn't good enough for that. It is rare that a book makes me angry, but this did as I felt it had only managed to get published in the knowledge that many readers want drivel, and demand neither intelligent observations, unusual scenarios and flowing prose from their reading material.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok for the beach
A bit wishy washy, weak characters and overly sentimental. Ok for a beach read, if you want captivating give it a miss.
Published 12 hours ago by rjoey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, great product...speedy delivery!
Published 15 days ago by Debby Amos
5.0 out of 5 stars Ps I love you
I decided to read this book after I watched the DVD I love them both I found it hard to put it down it is a great story
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a good good book
Published 19 days ago by Ann ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Ps. I Love You
Every thing rolled in to one sad but shows. You life does go on I,m so glad I read it ,makes you look forward after Loosing some one near and dear ,it has picked me up
Published 1 month ago by Maria Whiting
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Great book. Just don't compare it to the film...the story is told in a gripping way and you really feel for the main character. Great read!!
Published 1 month ago by Luci M
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking but funny
I loved this book from page 1, the main character of Holly is so well rounded, I feel like we could be friends. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I love this book Cecelia ahern is a good writer so enjoy the books she does. Much better than film but then always is the case
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
amazing sad but funny easy reading book just read for second time made me smile cry and laugh loved it :)
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab a box of tissues!
Having read this book previously on paper back! I thought I would get it on my kindle. I love this book it is much better than the film. Although I really enjoyed the film to. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kaylala
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