Friday, September 25, 2009


Plot summary

Set in Ireland, Holly Kennedy is beautiful, smart and married to the love of her life - a passionate, funny and impetuous Irishman named Gerry. So when Gerry's life is taken by an illness, it takes the life out of Holly. The only one who can help her is the person who is no longer there.

Nobody knows Holly better than Gerry, so it's a good thing he planned ahead. Before he died, Gerry wrote Holly a series of 10 letters that will guide her, not only through her grief but in rediscovering herself. The messages are Gerry's way of informing Holly life goes on. The messages include various tasks and treats Gerry has left for Holly. This is his way of letting her know he will always be there for her.

Each letter sends her on a new adventure and each signs off in the same way: "P.S. I Love You." Holly's mother and best friends, Sharon and Denise, begin to worry that Gerry's letters are keeping Holly tied to the past, but, in fact, each letter is pushing her further into a new future. With Gerry's words as her guide, Holly embarks on a journey of rediscovery in a story about marriage, friendship and how a love so strong can turn the finality of death into new beginning for life.

Taken from this Wikipedia page:,_I_Love_You

You can also read the interview Cecelia Ahern gave to Costas Stoforos published on 'A Father's Diary' blog to find out more about this interesting writer as a person. What is more, Nassia's (a student of C2 level) graph depicting the flow of this story as well as her relevant post on the class blog are well worth taking a look.

First published together with other book assignments.

The only thing I have to add is that this book has the rare capacity to inspire its readers to laugh their hearts out because of one single scene and, a few pages later, cry what seems to be 'the tears of the whole world'. A story set to stir your emotions and deconstruct supposedly fixed thoughts in order to leave you suspended, yearning for the next line, every time you decide to take your eyes off the pages.

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