Saturday, April 27, 2013

(34)The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

The Time of My Life

Pages: 486
Publication Date: April 23, 2013

< /p> Have you ever told your friends or family a little white lie just because the truth is too complicated or too hard to share?  Well, Lucy Silchester has found herself in a rut of perpetual lies. She has been receiving notices from her Life, requesting a meeting to set things right and she just ignores it and ignores it until she can not put it off any more. 

Her meeting with Life does not go as she expected. He calls her on all of her crap, starting with leading her family and friends to believe that SHE cheated on and dumped the love of her life, when in reality he dumped her.  She lost her fabulous job and lied to get the job she has now, which she hates.  She lies to her landlord and hides her cat, Mr.Pan and most importantly she lies to herself that all is well with her Life. After her meeting, her Life (also known as Cosmo) shows up at the most inopportune times trying to get her to face the reality of what has become of her Life.  Will she use this opportunity to re-examine her life and put things back on track, or will her fear of Life prevent her from moving forward?

Y'all know how much I love my Irish literature, so I say this as lovingly as possible.  The Time of My Life was a bit weird, but weird in the best possible way. It really took me a while - most of the book really -  to figure out that the reason why Lucy is so hateful towards Cosmo is because she really, really hates the way her life has turned out. Even when the handsome Don Lockwood wanders into her life, she finds ways to sabotage the relationship. But, having your Life manifest before your eyes in the form of a grumpy, disheveled gentleman is a bit of an eye-opener, and it made me think, once I finished the book, if my life were to manifest into a person, who would it be?

Bottom line, even though it took me most of the book to "get it" - I really think that The Time of My Life has an important message. If you love Irish literature, then you are very familiar with Cecelia Ahern and you are not likely to miss this book, but don't give up on it too early, even though it seems "weird" you must stay with it to the end. It is well worth the read, I promise!


Amy Brown said...

A lot of Cecelia Ahern's books are on the weird side. They have just a touch of fantasy, too much to be magic realism, but not quite enough for full on fantasy to me. They are hard to categorize. Some she does more successfully than others. (I found her Christmas book to be over done and maudlin but There's No Place Like Here was perfect.)

I'll have to look into this one. I usually love her books.

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