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  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007263080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007263080
  • ASIN: 0007263082
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By m on 28 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 1 Oct. 2004
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Squiebee on 2 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
After rave reviews all over the TV and from friends, I have been wanting to read this for a long time. I'm quite sentimental so I expected to be bawling all the way through and really drawn into Holly's plight. I love a good depressing story! Instead I'm only 100 pages in and I can't take any more! I can feel my brain cells being destroyed with every word! It reminds me of the kind of thing I read when I was 12. The same simple, predictive style. It certainly makes me question Richard & Judy's choices, but then maybe they were paid to like it.
I echo other reviewers' annoyance and confusion at the 'hilarious' jokes that leave the characters rolling around with laughter. I'm glad my friends and family are a lot wittier than this insipid lot! Such a shame as I really wanted to love this book.
Granted, I'm used to reading literary classics, but I love reading and so will plough through almost anything. AVOID unless you're 12, or have the reading age of a 12 year old!! Although I wouldn't recommend this to any children I know - I wouldn't patronise their intellect.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Jan. 2008
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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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By Alessandra F. on 28 Feb. 2009
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I was lent this book by a friend of mine, and I have to admit that I was willing to read it mostly out of curiosity: I wanted to see what was all this fuss about former Irish PM's daughter. I got exactly the type of novel I was expecting: an effortless one, the ideal book to read at night time, when you just want to relax before going to bed. Not a masterpiece, that's for sure, but at the same time I have to admit that "P.S. I love you" has a certain pleasantness, and a good dose of irony, and overall you don't have the impression you're wasting your time after a too mushy story.
The main idea is a quite original one. Holly's husband, Gerry, dies of a brain cancer before his wife can even turn 30. But before passing away, he leaves a list of things she has to do, one for each month left in the year. That helps Holly in the difficult process of getting herself together, giving her the strenght to go on day after day, and the sense that her husband is still around. But apart from the tear-jerker love story, Cecilia Ahern gives also a good and lively picture of family and friend relationships in the background of XXI century Dublin. And, given that I've just turned 30 myself, she gives also a good picture of what it means feeling that you're not "that" young any more!

3 stars then. I can't honestly give more than that, but it wouldn't be fair to give less.
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