February 15, 2007

Book review – If you could see me now – Cecelia Ahern

I first heard about this author on a flight from Melbourne to Singapore in 2004. I was in the middle seat and I had a lovely Irish lady on the left in the window seat with Dion on the aisle.

We got chatting (as I usually do) and I don’t quite know how it came up but she mentioned that Cecelia’s first book was causing quite an uproar in Ireland because people were saying that she couldn’t write – the only reason she was famous was because her dad was the Prime Minister.

Now I’m a bit rebellious so I immediately made a mental note to keep my eye out for that novel. I like to think about these things for myself, see?

Well, nearly a whole year passed before a friend at work lent it to me and…I loved it.

I read the next one too and loved it.

So when I saw this one at the library I immediately grabbed it and added it to my pile. By this time I can barely see over the pile of books in front of me (no jokes here – they have to allow me extra books so I can take the 10 or 11 I always seem to gather).

I started reading and to be honest, it took me about 2 – 3 chapters to get past the weirdness. (Almost like James Patterson’s “When the Wind Blow”) You may be surprised to know this about me (!) but I’m not into weird stuff; I’m a very practical sort of person.

But. And this is a big but. Once I got my mind around the differentness of the novel, I loved it and couldn’t put it down. I think I read up til 1am in the morning on the weekend finishing it.

You see, she really is a born story-teller. And amazing to think she’s only 25 – 26! This girl published her first book when she was a mere 21!

It is a beautifully written, unusual story of finding love in different places. That’s all I’m going to say in case I spoil it for some of you.

Now even if you don’t like reading or Cecelia Ahern, let this blog post inspire you to do something out of the ordinary. Something to stretch you, to challenge you, to make you step out of your box.

And if you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.

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