Friday, September 4, 2009

PS, I Love You

by Cecelia Ahern

This novel is one of the many examples of why books are better than movies. I've only read one exception to that rule, and that's Forrest Gump (goodness, that book was terrible!!!). I watched the movie before I picked up the book, and though the movie was cute and adorable in a romantic comedy/Hollywood sort of way, the book is much more detailed and whole and realistic.

Holly is a great, true-to-life character. The reader is with her through every emotion that she has, and what a roller-coaster of emotions! Which makes sense, considering she just lost the love of her life and her soul mate. Chapter by chapter, month by month, she picks up the pieces of her life and puts herself back together, and you're with her every step of the way. And I don't just mean physically, but emotionally, also. I felt for Holly. There were times when tears almost slipped down my cheeks.

This is not your typical chicklit. It is a story about a girl, going through tough times and then finding herself at the end. Which is a concept usually associated with chicklit. But usually the girl falls in love with a handsome, witty man. This book, PS, I Love You, is more than that. It's a girl learning to love herself and coping with life after it almost destroys her. This story is definitely a unique representation of tragedy and personal reconstruction.

It is light reading; I read it quickly mostly because I didn't want to put it down! The language flows smoothly and succinctly. Holly's family and friends were characters that were funny and sympathetic, crazy and adoring. They were the foundation of the book, and the support system for Holly's character; she would not have been so successful if it weren't for them. I love that the author's style was light while dealing with tough issues. It makes the story more authentic.

Go ahead, watch the movie. But I recommend reading the book, too. You will learn more about the characters and delve into more detail about love, life, and finding personal happiness.

1 comment:

  1. It is a wonderful book. I agree.
    When you say it's light I have to disagree. It's not hard to read it but it's an emotional rollercoaster that will take you from happiness to deepest grief.

    The language is kind of light, but she managed to capture the essentials for all emotions, without overdoing it. I haven't read another author capturing grief so well. Although I have to admit I don't read many books focusing on it.

    Just my opinion and I had tears pouring down my cheeks through the whole book. It may have captured loss a little to well, hard to stop thinking of the one I've lost.