P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (final thoughts)
Grieving the death of her husband, Holly Kennedy is tired of hearing that time heals all while being offered a cup of tea. She wants to hold on to every shred of Gerry, fearful of what life without him looks like. However, shortly after Gerry’s death a package of letters arrive. Letters written by Gerry to be opened monthly by Holly, each with a different task. Each task was specifically designed by Gerry to help Holly live after his death.
This was my first Ahern and I think my expectations were set too high, because I did not love it as much as I thought I would. Actually, I didn’t love it, but thought it was just kind of okay. I had a hard time connecting with Holly, which made it hard to sympathize with her attempts to pull together. It seems wrong to judge someone’s grieving process, but seeing as she is a fictional character I feel okay saying that her waverings between ‘life is great!’ and ‘I cannot possibly ever go on’ seemed unrealistic, and slightly repetitive. I also found the resolution of Holly’s friendship with club owner Daniel unrealistic. Something about it just didn’t seem to fit what had been revealed about Daniel leading up to that point.
However, I picked up P.S. I Love You looking for something light and quick, and it definitely filled those requirements. Aside from my annoyances with Holly, it was a pleasant, and at times emotional, way to pass the time. The whole idea of the book is really sweet and I won’t lie, it made me tear up a couple times. I’m guessing that it was because of this potential that it was made into a movie. Which leads me to a couple questions:
Should I watch the movie? If you’ve read the book and seen the movie, which did you like best?
Are there any Ahern books you would recommend over this one? I’ve heard so many great things about her, I’m hoping I just started with an off one.
My rating: 7/10