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The Time of My Life

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,793 Ratings  ·  1,218 Reviews
Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life – and she’s going to have to keep it.

Lying on Lucy Silchester’s carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she's been ignoring itand it needs to meet with her face to face.

It sounds peculiar, but Lucy’s read about this in a magazine.
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Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published 2011)
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Mansi Sharma
LOVED the book! It was so good! So funny! So...Life-like. :)
Lucy Silchester is fine, absolutely fine. So why is it that, of all the miserable, poor, distraught people in the world, it is she who receives a letter asking her to fix an appointment with Life? The letter -after being peed on by her illegally owned cat- lies ignored, like the rest of the things in her Life. She has a job she doesn't love. She has a family she actually likes to visit- if held at gun point. She manages to divide her
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Asha
Dec 13, 2012 Asha rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Are you kidding me? Noone! of course.
Recommended to Asha by: Madness
Did I really rate it 1 star?

Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of Cecelia’s but this book certainly left me skeptical about pursuing any other of her novels.

‘P.S. I Love You‘, her first novel that I’d read was comparatively better than this one. The Time Of My Life was so utterly annoying that with each page it just kept getting to me and it almost made me cry as I couldn’t manage finishing it sooner.

Going back to the moment I first saw it in the bookstore, I’m now wondering as to what made her st
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Sharon Vander Meer
May 22, 2013 Sharon Vander Meer rated it really liked it
I may have found my new favorite female author. She’s in her early thirties and is already an internationally known writer with several best sellers. If "The Time of My Life," is an example of her work, Cecelia Ahern will be around for a long time.

The story begins with, “Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30.” Lucy doesn’t need to read any more; she’s already ignored several invitations just like it, all signed, “Yours sincerely, Life.”

The funny thing is, Lucy isn’t su
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Pei
Jan 02, 2012 Pei rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled through this book from the beginning. It's not your usual fun chick-lit, which I'm disappointed about. I want a chick-lit that makes me laugh, giggle, swoon, and giggle some more. With such a chick-lit-y cover in swirly gold writing, what's to say it doesn't contain excitement and fun?

But alas! I should have remembered the adage "Do not judge a book by its cover." I really shouldn't have. Despite its colourful front cover full of promises, this book makes me wonder when it will end b
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Beth
Wow, it saddens me to rate a book written by Cecelia Ahern so low, but it just wasn't that great :(

I used to be such a huge fan of hers, recommending her writing to many friends. I absolutely loved "PS, I Love You", and thought that "Love, Rosie" (aka, "Rosie Dunne" / "Where Rainbows End") was also really good. But her books have steadily gone downhill from there, and I think the common denominator is that only her first two books were sincere, realistic, and heartfelt. The rest of the books al
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Ririn
Nobody has to be lonely. Everybody deserves to be happy. My thought while reading this book.

Lucy Silchester thought that her life is fine. She felt content. Until her life started to contact her.

Lucy has become an antisocial, secretive from her friends and family after being dumped by her boyfriend almost three years ago. Her life is a mess and the lies that she told them to cover the truth has become a big pile of lies that she cannot tell the truth without revealing the whole thing. Ironically
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Aisha
Feb 05, 2013 Aisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
I don't really think Ahern's books are my style, they're too... glittery. some parts are quite depressing, not the 'agreeable' kind of depressing you get (ok, not 'agreeable' technically so, but there are books like 'Sister of my heart' 'Thousand Splendid Suns' that are sad/ depressing yet good. Ahern-type depressing is a person who has most things people would be thankful for, yet who also creates drama out of situations they are in and whines about everything from the weather to their granola- ...more
Poly
Dec 29, 2015 Poly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como amo a esta mujer. Como amé la historia. Tengo tantas emociones en mi... sólo diré que es maravilloso partir el año con una historia así de inspiradora <3
DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON! <3 <3 <3

Reseña cuerda... o casi: http://madeofpapers.blogspot.com/2015...
Danderma
Apr 05, 2012 Danderma rated it liked it
Cecelia Ahern is one of my favorite authors. Anyways ever since I read P.S. I love you I’ve devoured every single book she has written and all of them are beautiful. Here latest book, Time of My Life, I have just finished and I am sorry I finished it. I miss reading it. It is that good

Cecilia always sprinkles a little bit of Irish magic into her stories, that’s what makes them extra special. In Time of My Life, Lucy’s life is a mess, she has lost her boyfriend, her job, lives in a pigsty, lyin
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Obsidian
Mar 01, 2016 Obsidian rated it did not like it
I read "P.S. I Love You" several years ago. Though I really didn't like all aspects of the novel I did think it showed flashes of brilliance by Ms. Ahern. Reading her newest novel, "The Time of My Life" I just ended up feeling nothing but disappointment at an opportunity lost with this novel.

Lucy Silchester, the main protagonist is living in a small apartment with her cat, working a job she hates. Lucy keeps getting appointments for her to meet with her 'Life' and is doing her level best to avo
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Učitaj se!
Jul 31, 2015 Učitaj se! rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
Fan sam Cecelije Ahern, njenih bajkovitih i pomalo fantastičnih priča, od kojih, pišući svojim jedinstvenim stilom, svaku uspije učiniti prepoznatljivom, ali opet drugačijom od svih ostalih njenih priča.

Ova se knjiga, pak, poprilično razlikuje i od svih ostalih njenih knjiga, ali čak je drugačija i stilom pisanja i izborom likova. Iskreno, da nisam znala da čitam knjigu Cecelije Ahern, da mi je netko dao ovu knjigu na čitanje bez da je spomenuo autora, pomislila bih da ju je napisala Sophie Kins
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Kayleigh {K-Books}
Oct 09, 2011 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
The Time of my Life Review on K-Books

First of all I want to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins UK for sending me a review copy of this book. I was so over-excited when I received this for review, Cecelia Ahern is my all time favourite author and her first debut book PS, I Love You was the first novel I ever read and loved and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading. Since then I have read every book she has ever written and loved all of them. This one is one of my top-favourit
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Susan Buchanan
May 06, 2012 Susan Buchanan rated it it was amazing
I have liked all of Cecelia Ahern's books that I have read and have a few more still on my shelves to read. I love how Life was a person and how what Lucy does in her life, affects Life's life. Often they seemed like an old, married couple. I think we are all guilty of neglecting our lives now and then and the prospect of a physical person being there to steer us back on course was very welcome. This book is really funny, but also has a message for us. A warm, easy read and one to lose yourself ...more
Sergei_kalinin
Jun 21, 2014 Sergei_kalinin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_soul
В начале - неспешное повествование из жизни одинокой девушки среднего возраста :) проживающей с котом, и непрестанно размышляющей о всяких житейских мелочах и о никчёмности собственной жизни в целом. О да, разумеется, есть причины этому нытью: бросивший её бойфренд, нелюбимая работа, загоняющая её в рамки собственных ожиданий семья, постоянная мелкая ложь самой себе и окружающим. Разумеется, все при этом желают ей "добра", а она сохнет от беспросветной обыденности...

В качестве ремарки замечу, ч
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Eyeceye
Jul 29, 2012 Eyeceye rated it really liked it
I was initially sceptical when I picked up this book as I wasn't that crazy about PS I love you, however I really loved this book! I found it to be both heart-warming and uplifting.

Initially, I didn't like Lucy, however as I warmed to the theme of the story I really warmed to Lucy- she is a bit of a lost and lonely soul struggling to come to terms with the downward turn her life has taken over the last couple of years. But she is so in denial about being miserably stuck in a rut, she doesn't co
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Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 Suad Shamma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, own, 2011
'You used to be much more..."muchier". You've lost your muchness.' - the Mad Hatter to Alice.

And that is exactly who Life - or shall I say Cosmo Brown - reminded me of when dealing with Lucy.

I always know I'm reading a good book when I start reading extra fast, trying so hard not to skip words, or lines, or even pages because I'm dying to know what happens next. But then when I'm done, I'm left feeling bereft and sad, because I wanted it to go on for much longer.

I can very gladly say that Ceceli
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Jim
Mar 17, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
*Summary* A pathological liar meets her life, literally face to face.

Think "I Heart Huckabees". I was apprehensive that I wasn't going to enjoy this, but it was actually interesting and mostly funny. I read the Uncorrected Proof edition, so I'm pretty sure some of the stuff that bothered me about the writing style (super long paragraphs, single quotes, several grammatical errors) won't be around in the final edition. I also felt like most of Chapters 1 - 4 could have either been edited out, or r
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Margaret
Mar 02, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
Lucy's life fell apart when she left her nearly perfect boyfriend 3 years ago. Ok. She didn't leave him. He dumped her. She quit her good-paying job that she enjoyed. Oops. She didn't quit. She got fired. She lives in a cozy apartment that she loves. Well...if you count climbing over the couch from the kitchen just to sit down and hanging your clothes from the curtain rods as cozy, then that's the truth. She has to leave social events early because she has other things to do. Did I mention that ...more
Janel
Dec 30, 2013 Janel rated it really liked it
What I love most about Cecelia Ahern's books is the sheer bravery she employs by going completely outside the box with her story telling. She's written books about imaginary friends that are real, books that tell what will happen tomorrow, and where all the lost things and people go without ever copping out, being overly self conscious about it or being bound by reality. This book personifies LIFE. Main heroine, Lucy is stuck in a rut. The usual things that vex us all....bad relationship she can ...more
Rebekka Steg

So this week I read The Time of My Life, the latest novel published by Cecelia Ahern.

It is the story of Lucy Silchester, who returns from work one day to find an invitation to a meeting with her Life. From the back:
It sounds peculiar, but Lucy's read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can't make the date: she's much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends and avoiding her family.

But Lucy's life isn't what it seems. Some of the choices she's made - and stories she's told - are
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Rob Slaven
Nov 13, 2013 Rob Slaven rated it it was amazing
As usual I received this book because of some random giveaway or other so I didn't pay even a farthing for it. Unfortunately I don't recall exactly which giveaway because it's been festering at the bottom of my pile for quite some time. Despite that I give my candid opinions below.

I'm exceptionally late to the party on this book so I won't attempt the usual Positives/Negatives bit as I usually do. This book was a real perplexity for me. I spent the majority of the text trying to figure out if th
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Jules
Dec 26, 2015 Jules rated it it was amazing
Yet another book I loved by Cecelia Ahern, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I love her quirky ideas for stories and the interesting characters she brings to life. The way she personified LIFE in this novel was wonderful. Lucy was a funny character too, with all her "Okay, I lied" statements. Although this book was emotionally sad in places, overall this novel had me laughing more than any other book I've read.
Gordana Kordić
Lucy je dugo bježala od problema, ali nakon velikog truda koji je Život uložio, ipak će početi shvaćati da bi trebala prestati lagati i raditi na rješavanju svojih problema. Također će shvatiti kako ne zna što zapravo želi od svog života i što je ono što bi ju učinilo sretnom, ali je naučila da je Život dobar i nježan prema njoj sve dok ona izvršava svoje obaveze na vrijeme i ne uskraćuje si poneke užitke. Život ju često puta i iznevjeri – ako ona laže, on govori istinu.

„Život se zna izboriti za
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Becky
Nov 16, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing
I have read every single one of Cecelia Ahern's books and I love her writing style. I love her elements of mystery and a sort of magic. One of my favourite books is 'A Place Called Here' so when I heard there was a new book by Ahern coming out I had to read it. I was top of the request list at the library (and it's a big list!!!) I knew I would have to read it quite fast, but knew it wouldn't be a problem. I love her books so could get it read in a couple of days.
Lucy's life has gone downhill, s
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Rea Sinfield
Sep 06, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it
I love books by Cecelia Ahern, although I always love them I never quite know what to expect next with her books! I have just finished reading The Time Of My Life which is due out 13th October this year. I have to say the cover to this book is stunning and in my opinion is the best cover of all the Cecelia Ahern books.


Plot
Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she’s been invited along few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold embossed envelope under the
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Nisha-Anne
Apr 25, 2012 Nisha-Anne rated it it was amazing
This was such a delicious mindfuck of a book, and so very heartrending at the same time. Very early on, I knew this one would hurt. And I kept waiting to feel frustration, even anger at the ways of our protagonist ... but oddly enough, that never happened. Which says something for the skill of Ahern, how she manages to make her protagonists so sympathetic even when they're so royally fucked up. My heart utterly went out to Lucy, to the awful predicament she found herself in, even though I knew o ...more
Kim
Mar 19, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
I could draw parallels between this book and my own life, not because I'm a pathological liar with a person called Life following me around telling me everything that's wrong with me (though those people do exist in my life), but because Lucy is a lost soul. I'd really like to see an author pick a guy protagonist and make him out to be foolish and silly for once. I couldn't buy into Life being an actual person; I like it better when Ahern sticks with reality. The ending was also too far fetched ...more
Victoria
Mar 28, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, ireland
I have enjoyed just about all of Ahern’s novels - they are light, fast and fun reads. And her more recent novels uniquely blend a sort of magical realism with the romantic comedy. They are all a lot of fun to read and I am genuinely surprised that more of them aren’t movies! Her premise here is particularly original. Life has a corporeal form and Lucy’s Life needs fixing. Lucy’s narration has a lot of humour and heart and it feels like a very personal sort of story that really works and stands o ...more
Cakes
Dec 02, 2012 Cakes rated it liked it
"The Time Of My Life" wasn't an easy read. By that I don't mean I was intellectually challenged, but that I was challenged not to put it down and having to deal with her complaining about her life while still insisting that her life was great.
She was incredibly annoying but somehow I kept going and in the end I didn't regret it.
After the hundred or so pages it took to intruduce the setting (WAY TOO LONG!) it started to all move and shift and the plot developed. That I enjoyed, the end was -thou
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Emme (Bokzoem)
Jun 28, 2015 Emme (Bokzoem) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2015
En väldigt mysig bok må jag säga!
Jag störde mig emellanåt på Lucy-huvudpersonen- men på något sätt förstår jag ändå varför hon agerade som hon gjorde i de knepiga situationerna hon försatte sig själv i. En väldigt komisk berättelse om ett möte mellan en medelålders kvinna och hennes liv. Trots att det kändes som en "vuxenbok" gillade jag den starkt. Dessutom medföljde det en massa tips till sitt eget liv i den och den var väldigt uppiggande med sin jargong ^^
Perfekt som sommarläsning!
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Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish ...more
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“Truth is, something that I thought was perfect was taken away from me, and I never wanted perfect again. I wanted middle of the road, stuff I didn’t care about so that I couldn’t lose anything I really loved ever again.” 99 likes
“Life has a way of getting what it wants when it really knows what it wants.” 44 likes
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