There were so many changes made to translate this book to film I won t go into them all here now because I wouldn t want to ruin it but let s just say they were significant From love interests to careers, everything was different And for that reason, I think I probably did it the right way round watching the movie first and reading the book second.
I m giving it 4 stars for because Cecilia Ahern is just so easy to read It requires no effort to get into a rhythm and it s the perfect little book to pick up when you re in between epics She tackles grief without making you feel life is pointless There is always hope And I think that s what Gerry gives Holly in her first year without him hope for a new life.
I d say this little story gave me a similar feel good feeling to The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks It didn t matter that it was tragic, it still managed to really touch me Really it was beautiful.
Read this novel if You re looking for something inbetween other books and don t want to have to work too hard to enjoy the characters.
Don t read this novel if You think you could feel disconcerted or upset by the intense, overwhelming grief Holly is struggling to come to terms with.
I made the mistake of seeing the movie before reading the book, thinking that the book is always better than the movie And the movie changed so much of the book that it made it difficult to settle into the book as an independent, standalone work I have mixed feelings about both the book and the movie which is irrelevant, except that it influenced my experience of the book I m impressed that Cecilia Ahern was able to imagine the scenario, flush it out, and write an okay novel about it at only 21 years old And as a nice, sweet novel, it workedI guess But I ve been widowed for 2 1 2 years right now I was 27 and my husband 28 when he died and from a grief standpoint and as representation of a believabe human experience, I only give it a C Some of the issues raised are spot on, but the level of healing and closure both gag worthy terms to a young widow that Holly achieves in only a year are ridiculously unrealistic I ve met many young widows and widowers over the past 2 1 2 years, and all of them would agree that the plot of the novel is unrealistic But hey people read to escape, to vicariously experience a fantasy world The sad part is that our culture is horrible at understanding grief, and stories like this although sweet and pretty only serve to reinforce false assumptions about what grief and widowhood are like for those who ve never experienced it themselves If only life, widowhood, and grief were as neat and tidy as Cecilia Ahern imagined.
Beautiful Wonderful Lovely A Masterpiece Heart warming Fantastic Sensational Emotionally evoking Cecilia, you are and amazing thinker and writer I don t know how you thought of this story, but you did it well But you delivered to paper even better This beautiful piece was like watching the most beautiful portrait ever painted through a glass spotted with the spots of the rain, with the rain representing the emotion that even the world feels knowing this book exists It was truly amazing I look forward to books from you I hear Love, Rosie is good.
I seem to be one of very few who didn t like this book First of all I must point out that I love girlie books and cry at anything even the slightest bit sad With that said, I didn t enjoy it at all and couldn t wait for it to end I WANTED to like it I hoped something would happen to make me change my opinion but it didn t The whole book felt like a rambling and dull conversation with a repetitive yet inconsistent story line I would normally have full sympathy for Holly s situation but honestly she just annoyed me Her friends annoyed me Her family except her mum, I liked her annoyed me And the notes from Gerry what a sweet, romantic idea but I didn t get that from them at all Even they lacked any realism or real emotion for me.
I m glad it s over A BIG thumbs down for me.