The Year I Met You written by Cecelia Ahern for me was a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed as it was so well written I felt I was totally involved in the life of Jasmine as she not only deals with the loss of her job she has to learn to accept the many changes in her life which she really has no control off. These changes included her sister Heather and as a reader I fully understood as she tries to protect Heather from pain and upset from the outside world.
Heather is Jasmine's elder sister in age but in personality Jasmine still sees Heather as the sister she had to protect as Heather was special she was born with Down Syndrome, but in Heather's own way she was living the life she wanted to live while still living under the guidance of Jasmine. But Heather was growing up, she might have progressed slower than Jasmine but this does not stop Heather from wanting what other single women wants which includes a boyfriend and this is hard for Jasmine as Jasmine did not want Heather hurt. I liked how the author showed Heather as a strong person, it might of taken her a longer time to understand things but when she did she never forgot.
This is Jasmine's own story as she narrates how she sees her life as a failure not realising how accomplished she is. But this is also Matt's story as we see him through Jasmine's own eyes and it was interesting how these two neighbours became friends and of course Dr Jameson's own story was as heart-breaking but yet it showed the reader how lonely it can be for pensioners living alone especially at those special times like holidays and Christmas.
If you want a book which resembles PS, I Love You
or her other books which are based on broken hearts and relationships, this book will be a disappointment as this book is based on one girl accepting that life does not always work out the way she had always planned. Jasmine always controlled her own life and because of this she always knew where her next job was going to take her and how and when she was going to leave her employment to start another one this for her was her totally controlling her own destiny, and in the past she always sold her past companies she owned but this time she was pushed before she had the time to jump from the ship she called her business and for her this was totally a bewildering place to be as she no longer had control of her own working life. In a way Jasmine was a total control freak which she thoroughly enjoyed as she chose when to leave her employment, she never was told to go before which she found extremely hard to accept.
As Jasmine accepts she has a full years paid leave which her business partner calls 'gardening leave', she takes the title to heart and she is soon changing her patch of ground which she previously cemented over. I loved how Jasmine starts to remember how her Grandfather planned his garden around the seasons and we follow Jasmine over the course of the year of her so called 'Gardening leave' as she deals with the loss of her job while getting to know her neighbours and their own problems. As she tries to take control of her own garden Jasmine will soon learn that the seasons of the year control the nature of growing. She is soon enjoying her work in the garden but she progresses as the seasons allow. Jasmine changes her cemented over garden area to an area of natural beauty which included her replacing her paving stones with grass and flowers which change with the seasons, and of course her water feature stands proudly which she created in her own unique way with the help of a friend or two along the way she soon realises that life cannot be totally controlled and sometimes it works better when you stand back and let nature take control you never know where your life will lead you too and what friends you will make along the way. I loved this book mainly for the excellent writing but also because Cecelia Ahern certainly knows how to not only write a book filled with characters a reader can relate too but have a life lesson along the way.
Why I liked this book was mainly the author lets the reader get to know Jasmine slowly and as a reader I was soon involved in her life and as her history is released I was soon understanding why Jasmine is the person she is, as she slowly lets her self relax and come to understand who her neighbours are and why they are the people they are. While helping her neighbours they soon become friends and while helping them she also is aiding herself overcome the many problems she held unto from her past. As Jasmine learns many life lesson she is also accepting that Heather is no longer the child she had to protect but now a grown woman with a home of her own. This for me is a nice gentle read about one young woman allowing herself to be happy and stop locking people in her red circle of trust and slowly letting them into her green circle where they soon realise how nice she really is and how dear she loves her sister who is not special because of her Down Syndrome but she is special because of the woman she grew up to be.
The Year I Met You written by Cecelia Ahern is a good read which I enjoyed mainly because I could sit back and relax while enjoying Jasmine and her many mad ideas which I could understand but led her away from the path she thought she should be on.