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Thanks for the Memories
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2012
This is the first book in a very long time that I was unable to finish. I read three quarters of it, but could not waste any more of my life with this poor offering. It was mainly the father whom I could not get to grips with - everything about him annoyed me - calling his daughter by his wife's name, the constant references to his limp and then the moronic scene at the airport which was complete nonsense. I didn't connect with the daughter either who was supposed to have gone through an incredible trauma and then days later she is chasing around London after a man - and that man Justin was not particularly likeable either. Oh, and that Antiques Roadshow scenario was just ridiculous - one of the most stupid parts of the three quarter that I did manage to get through. I have read all of Cecilia's other novels but after this one I don't think I shall be bothering again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 December 2008
I was quite disappointed with Ahern's last offering, A Place Called Here. Compared to her other novels, it was a real let-down. So I had high hopes for this one to change my mind about her again. Thanks for the Memories did just that.

Thanks for the Memories is the tale of Joyce Conway. A slip down the stairs causes Joyce to lose her unborn child, not to mention a lot of blood. After coming round in the hospital, Joyce feels... different. She can't put her finger on what it is, but she knows that something has changed. Devastated about the loss of her child, Joyce starts thinking about her life and knows that things have got to change. Drastically.

After calling time on her long-dead marriage, Joyce tries desperately to look to the future, whilst still grieving for her baby. But the strange feeling she has since waking up in hospital persists. She's able to speak languages she's never learned, spout out endless information about architecture and dreams about a mysterious little girl with blonde hair.

When Joyce bumps into an American man she's never met before, she has a disturbingly strong feeling of deja vu. And from there, the pieces slowly start to come together. Joyce may have lost a husband and a child, but she's gained a new side to her that makes her more positive than she's ever been before.

This book is excellent. I thought perhaps the reason I didn't like the previous one is because it was far-fetched. However, Thanks for the Memories isn't exactly realistic, and yet I was hooked from start to finish. The characters are so loveable, particularly Joyce's father. His terrible memory and batty Irish witticisms made me laugh out loud on many occasions. He was so well portrayed that I could really imagine someone like him being in existence, and if he was, I'd want to know him - he's great!

Overall, I'd say if you loved Ahern's previous novels, but like me, were disappointed with A Place Called Here, give her another chance. She's proven with Thanks for the Memories that she's back on form and ready to make us laugh and cry once more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2015
I am a big fan of Ms Aherns older books, and this is one of the ones I really like.
This book is such a feel good book! :)
The story is about Joyce who loses her baby and with it her whole life turns upside down. When she awakens from her trauma, she is somewhat different, and starts to see a man everywhere that she inexplicably connected to. The thing with the trauma and grief - an underlying theme in the book is not actually touched upon - it has just happened to the people in the book, and the focus is how the two people meet.
The book reminds me a lot of a film I watched as a teen - Seredipity and as cheesy as it is, I loved it. We all love a good bit of cheese sometimes, and this was definitely one to read on a rainy day.
The one thing I was a bit sceptical about was the stalkerish behaviour displayed by both. When I first read this when I was much younger and less jaded I loved it, but now, all sorts of safeguarding alarms went off in my head. Guess that is what age and being in a caring profession does to you!
That being said, I really love the relationship Joyce shares with her dad. Having lost my own dad, this book just made me smile all the way through. Her dad is a moody git and reminds me a lot of my dad - humorous but ultimately Joyces best friend. I think some people would find the premise of the memory exchange(I am keeping this deliberately vague to avoid this becoming a spoiler) a little ludicrous but all of Cecelia Aherns books (that I have read anyway) are based on the premise of a little magic in the ordinary world, which for me is ideal - its escapism without all the strangeness that sci fi worlds often bring with them. You just have to go along with the idea, and it is worth the read. I have read it a few times now.
If you like this, you would like books by Sarah Addison Allen, who does similar books - ordinary life, but with a twist of magic.
Some of the characters in this did seem a bit 2D - such as Joyces best friends, husband, as well as Justins family. I wish these had been developed a little more, (hence my knocking off a star)
If you liked this you would definitely like some of Cecelia Aherns other offerings - If you could see me now is a fave!
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74 of 85 people found the following review helpful
If I could have given this book 10 stars I would have.
I have read all of her books and enjoyed them but this is the best by far.
All of the characters are likeable, but the dad is one of the loveliest characters I have come across in a long time.
Although the plot may seem a little far fetched, it is still somehow believable, maybe because you want it to be.
It is laugh out loud funny in places, especially the part with the dad and the baggage carousel - quite embarrassing in a doctors waiting room - but also some great one liners. There is some beautifully written insight into emotions, with the opening chapter being very moving and profound.
I whole heartedly recommend this book and will very probably read it again because I miss the dad, and this isn't something that I do often, apart from Fannie Flagg's, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.
It brought a tear to my eye, a smile to my lips and a laugh from my belly, what more could you want from a book than that?
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2008
Cecelia Ahern, author of PS, I LOVE YOU and the fantastic WHERE RAINBOWS END has given us what is possibly her best book: THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

Protagonist in this marvelous book is a woman by the name of Joyce Conway. She has this uncanny knack for remembering things that, well, shouldn't be there. Disturbing as this is, things get worse (as they should in any novel that's to keep your interest). Her life starts to fall apart, especially after an accident she has.

The plot of THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES will seem contrived and far-fetched to some, but think about it: when was the last time you read anything that wasn't at least a little unbelievable--that's why we read and watch movies. If you want real life, blow-by-blow, go out and live it. If you want a great story, buy this book.

I have to say that this is one of the best novels I've come across in years. Of the three books I've recently read that made me laugh, cry, and THINK, this was one of the best. The other two were NAKED by David Sedaris, which is VERY funny and at the same time sad, and the new novel BARRING SOME UNFORESEEN ACCIDENT--totally off the wall and worth every cent; really great book with twists and turns that you WON'T see coming for a mile. If you're not a Cecelia Ahern fan yet, and haven't read THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, you might start with her WHERE RAINBOWS END as it too is a great story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2008
I have read all of Cecelia Ahern's books and thoroughly enjoyed them all, this one was no exception. The story follows Joyce through a miscarriage and a separation from her husband. Joyce receives a blood transfusion after her miscarriage and she received the blood that Justin has recently donated. Justin is a lecture of Art and Architecture and Joyce suddenly begins to know an awful lot about the local buildings and paintings. The storyline between Joyce and Justin is accompanied by the storyline between Joyce and her Dad. One of the things I love the most about Cecelia Ahern is the way that she can paint a picture of people and situations in your head. The descriptions of Joyce's father were brilliant, I really felt as if I knew him. His character made me laugh out loud. He seems like a typical old man set in his ways but with a heart of gold and a wicked sense of humour. They was a point in the book where I felt that the story was dragging on a bit and I was waiting for the inevitable time when Justin and Joyce finally spoke. I did feel that the characters of Joyce's friends were a bit unbelievable. I just didn't feel a connection with them but I appreciated the parts that they played in Joyce's decisions. I would recommend this book to someone who wants a light-hearted, warm read with a bit of comedy along the way. Brilliant.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2009
I always finish a book once started but this one was a real struggle to complete. It was trite, predictable, poorly written and totally unbelievable. Not even worthy of light holiday reading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2008
I have read all of Cecelia Aherns books and couldn't wait to read this one. Great book but not my favourite of hers....mine is "where rainbows end"

Joyce has just lost her unborn child, getting divorced and has now moved back home to live with her elderly father. Ever since leaving the hospital after her tragedy she has come across knowledge that she never knew she had and can picture places that she has never been to. She keeps bumping into and missing, Justin, a charming American man who seems to think he knows her but just doesn't know why. The story unwinds with a lot of déjà vu, just missing each other and great chapters with her father (best character). With this story there is the serious message about blood donations which I think can only help to get this note across to people. I actually started to read this book while giving blood not knowing that this was mentioned in the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2008
I had heard a radio interview that the author had done regarding this book, so seeing as it was half price in woolies, i decided to get it! To be fair, i thought the begining was a bit rushed, and the ending a bit bodged up, if you know what i mean? Its quite a way into the book, before you know how she managed to have her accident, and the ending seems as if it was thrown together, maybe to meet a deadline?
However, i have to say the idea is intresting, my hubby thought it was freaky.
There were times when i was laughing out loud, but for the life of me, i coundnt get my hubby to see what was so funny - i have to point out he is someone who finds the simpsons highly entertaining tho.....
Joyce's dad is a complete gem, and the bit where she is on the telly live, i was nearly falling off my chair laughing.
Buy and enjoy, by all means.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2008
I enjoyed every bit of this book from page to page it made me laugh and cry. The main character for me was the father. He made me laugh so much the tears were running down my face. I could not put this book down. For me it was the best she has written , so far. If you have not read this book its a must.....
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