To take the spot of A book with a red cover, I read The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern. I really enjoyed reading it and it had a sweet message to it.
Let me just start out by saying that I love Cecelia Ahern’s books. She has been one of my favorite authors for 10 years now, and she still has yet to really disappoint. All of her stories are just so light and generally happy (I say generally because I usually end up crying at some point, even if it’s for a not so sad reason. I mean, have you see P.S. I Love You? Now imagine READING it. All the tears. Anyway…) and I love that they always have some element of whimsy where you know that cannot actually happen… but that makes you love her stories and her imagination even more.
A general summary for this book from Amazon: Lucy Silchester keeps receiving this strange appointment card and sweeping its gold embossed envelope under the rug. Literally. She busies herself with a job she doesn’t like, helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, and devoting her time to her family’s dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment she can’t miss, when Life shows up at her door, in the form of a sloppy but determined man.
Life follows her everywhere – from the office, to the bar, and to her bedroom – and Lucy learns that some of the choices she has made and the stories she has told aren’t what they seem. Now her half-truths are about to be revealed, unless Lucy tells the truth about what really matters to her.
For this review, I’m going to go into a few of my favorites from the book.
Favorite character: Life (also known as Cosmo Brown). If you’ve read this, then you know that is the obvious choice! He is sassy and hilarious and is not afraid to tell it like it is.
Favorite setting: When everyone went skydiving! I’ve never been (and I don’t really have a desire to go) but I feel like it was described really well and it made it seem really exciting to be up in the sky like that!
Favorite moment: When Lucy’s mom came to stay with her at her little flat and they had a real, honest conversation. It was just a really beautiful moment for the two characters.
Favorite plot twist: The “event” that happens at Lucy’s work. Life told her that he would be sending a crazy event her way, but I never expected it to escalate the way it did!!
Favorite minor character: Lucy’s brother, Riley. He was fun and played along with Lucy, but he was also really kind and caring toward her, showing that not everyone in her family was cold and terrible.
Favorite sad moment: (is this a bad category? Oh well.) The scene towards the end with Lucy and her neighbor, Claire, sitting on the bench together at the park. It was so minor to the story that it could have been taken out and nothing would really change, so I might as well give some spoilers here. Claire, the neighbor, is a bit crazy at the moment. You eventually come to find out that her baby died when it was probably a year old, and Claire is in complete denial. She still thinks the baby is there, she pushes it around in a buggy, she asks Lucy to babysit once out of desperation, it’s pretty sad. She starts saying that the baby, Conor, is sick and not doing very well. Lucy sees Claire at the park and sits next to her, and Claire says that the baby is in the swings, but not doing well. She then says that the baby “loved swings” and Lucy picks up on her starting to use the past tense. See, a very minor moment, but it still made me shed a little tear.
Favorite ‘uhhh… wait, what?’ moment: At the end of the book when Blake randomly shows up for her birthday dinner to try and stop her from telling the truth (that he left her, not that she broke up with him). Why did it matter? Why did HE care so much? It had been 3 years. I thought that once the truth came out that there would be some big backlash and all her friends would get onto Blake for SOME BIG THING that he was trying to hide that had to do with everyone thinking that Lucy had left him… but no. People were confused and a little upset that Blake thought the whole situation up, but WHY was his best friend SO mad?!?!? Was his best friend secretly in love with Lucy and was suppressing his feelings out of loyalty to his best mate who he thought had his heart stomped on? Was he simply just mad that Blake didn’t tell him the truth? Probably- but I just felt there was a big lead up to this moment and then it was just over.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I do recommend that you read it, too! HOWEVER- if you haven’t read any of Cecelia Ahern’s books before, I wouldn’t recommend that you start with this one. Not that it would be a bad choice, but I think that she has other more exciting books that will get you hooked on her writing (such as Love, Rosie or Thanks for the Memories). Happy reading!