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There's No Place Like Here

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  18,212 ratings  ·  1,174 reviews
Sometimes it takes losing everything to truly find yourself... Since Sandy Shortt's childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal--from the lone sock that vanishes in the washing machine to the car keys she misplaced. It's no surprise, then, that Sandy's life's work becomes...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2006)
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Runa
May 28, 2009 Runa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Runa by: LibraryThing
I regret to say that I received this book two years ago and just now managed to actually read it. It was my first ARC and I put it aside and it sat at the very bottom of my TBR pile for the longest time. Until this time of year, when I've been trying desperately to get everything out of that box and I finally decided to give this seemingly thick, impossible-to-get-through book a shot. Boy, do I hate myself for waiting so long to read such a literary work of genius. Remember in your school days,...more
Lee
May 02, 2011 Lee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kenzo
Recommended to Lee by: My Bestfriend
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The Writer
Where do all things go when they disappear?

Cecelia Ahern has the answer for that through this book. The Irish chick lit author who previously wrote the international success PS I love you tried to charm her readers again with her fourth book. Funnily, this book has several different titles in English for example: "There's no place like here" and "A place called here". Anyway, the Danish title that I wrote above translates to "A place nearby"

I must admit that Ms. Ahern has a powerful imagination...more
Laura
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Ellie
This novel had the potential to be so much more, but I was left frustrated and disappointed with the ending of the book. I think Ahern could have made her ending much more powerful, instead it is left fairly ambiguous with a conclusion hanging in midair. The idea of a place where all missing objects and people go intrigued me, but at times I was left laughing at the naive idea of all these missing people, from all over the world, speaking different languages, living together in peace and harmony...more
Farah
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Krit
After hearing an interview with Cecilia Ahern on a radio book show, I was interested to read her work. It's not the kind of book I would ordinarily go for, but as she's such a successful author, I was curious to see what her stories were like. The concept was interesting and at times the story was moving. Losing parts of ourselves and our need to find them and bring them home to our heart, to feel whole again, is what this story is about, in a nutshell. It was a neat fit in keeping with the them...more
Sam
I bought this book in 2007, I started reading it immediatly. But I never liked it enough to keep reading. I decided on reading it again last month and I feel like it took me ages to read.
I really liked the concept of someone who hates it when things go missing. Who starts a missing persons agency and then goes missing herself to end up on the place where the missing things and persons go. I was very excited to read this book from Cecilia as I loved ps;i love you. But the beginning really bored...more
Chelsea Barva-kertesz
This book is really hard to get into, but if you do make it through the whole book, the ending is good. I finished this book with a good feeling, and the last 75-100 pages were actually really great. Although this is my least favorite Cecelia Ahern book, she has a knack for writing. I love her style of writing, and her ability to make magic and fairy tales come to life for adults.

This book is about a place called Here, where all missing things and people end up. Sandy Shortt is a 34 year old wom...more
Micaela
"Todos nos perdemos en alguna ocasión, sea por decisión propia o debido a las fuerzas que escapan de nuestro control. Cuando descubrimos lo que nuestra alma necesita aprender, el camino de vuelta se presenta por sí mismo. A veces vemos la salida, pero seguimos avanzando y la tristeza nos impiden regresar. A veces preferimos permanecer perdidos y errantes, ya que suele resultar más fácil. Otras veces hallamos la salida. Pero, pase lo que pase, siempre nos acaban encontrando." (pág. 364)

"¿A dónde...more
EJay
Ahern has mastered a technique to lead people down memory lane. There's No Place Like Here speaks of things that just grow feet, wander off, cross the periphery, and never return for good.

"Here" is where my small, blue, fragile toy kangaroo has now found shelter in, where those pens I've previously thought just went inside somewhere deep in my pants' pockets have probably nested about, where that Pokemon book I was dying to read when I was eleven had got teleported to, and where my white Conver...more
Prisca
I couldn't finish it....

The premise is promising, about certain place containing missing people and missing things. But I just couldn't get it. I couldn't care the least towards the characters.... Okay, they're missing someone, so?
Okay, they're in the middle of nowhere and waiting to be found, so?

I think this would be a very great book if the characters were multi-dimensional and had some...I don't know, uniqueness? I don't even like the character's name, Sandy Shortt. Okay, that's trivial @_@ I...more
Rajshree
i agree you cannot be into a story unless you believe in author's imagination, and this is not the first time i came across this soft magical touch Cecilia ahern grazes her novels with, (the book of tomorrow, thanks for the memories, the time of my life). this one according to me when it comes to adding this magical touch is weakest of her work. Here, where lost thing go. i just cannot digest it, may be to me it was plain irritating. it was illogical, and hardly made sense to me. it is high time...more
Carrie
Something missing

Have you ever wondered where do all of the missing socks go? More importantly, what happens to missing people?

As a child, Sandy Shortt is obsessed by finding missing things, and as an adult turns this obsession into her vocation, looking for missing people. Until she goes missing herself, and finds herself in a parallel universe, a place where missing things and people go. I found this quite an interesting concept, but this whimsical fairytale unfortunately had something 'missi...more
Nikoleta
Ενα βιβλιο που μιλαει για το κουραγιο κ την υπομονη, την πιστη που πρεπει να εχουμε στους αγαπημενους μας κ πανω απο ολα ποτε να μην ξεχναμε... εξαλλου τιποτα δεν πηγαινει στο πουθενα, ολα καπου καταληγουν αρκει να συνεχισουμε να ψαχνουμε, να μην λησμοναμε.
Violet Crush
I read P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern some time back and although I didn’t like the writing style a lot, I did love the book. So when I got this book in a sale I thought I could give this author another chance and see if we get along. Unfortunately I didn’t like the book as much as I hoped to. I liked the writing style in this one but unfortunately the plot was very slow for me.

Sandy Shortt becomes obsessed with lost things when at the age of 10 her neighbor and classmate disappears. Sandy str...more
butter be scotch
In times when I lost something, a pen or book, I always sulk and complain where it went. My father, which has no help at all, will then tease me and say, “Find it with your hands, not with your mouth”. When all hope is lost, I pondered about how I taken it for granted. But just give me days and I will forget it. However, in Sandy’s case, she won’t.

Sandy had been obsessed in finding her lost things since an incident of Jenny-May Butler’s sudden disappearance. From a single sock to a memorable dia...more
Jenny Ocana
Things go missing all the time. Even we feel lost most of the time. We're all just trying to navigate our way through life the best way we can, but truth is.. though we seldom admit it, we become lost.

In "There's No Place Like Here" we see an imaginative world where all missing things go. It felt like nowhere but really was somewhere. It was simply called 'Here'. We see the protagonist journeying her way through this world to truly find herself, while helping a few unlikely people on the way.

Rea...more
Kathryn
This is my first "Cecelia Adhern".
When I was at a book store a week ago there was a corner where they had piles of box sets of her books. Apparently she has written a new book very recently.
And that's when I noticed that she was the author of "P.S. I love you".
Which is a movie I enjoy very much watching. So, I have decided to give her book a shot.

To be frank, I don't know what I was expecting.
A romance? mystery? fiction? a combination of all those?
I just read the back cover and thought of all he...more
Brandy
I guess I really set myself up not to like this one. I went into reading it with very high expectations. I had read 'P.S. I love you,' by Ahern and loved it, and hoped that this book would be much the same. Instead however, I just kept hoping that it would be over soon. If I didn't have the rule that I finish whatever book that I start, I surely would have set this one aside 100 pages into the read.
It's about a woman with serious OCD issues as far as misplacing things. It takes her losing hersel...more
Lolliepop
oh...i find this book is very distinct from any other books i'd ever read!i like it very much..however i feel sorry for the man that had lost his brother and because he has a girlfriend that throughout the novel is sleeping!ugh..and i hate the doctor cause he has no manner at all towards the man and i cant accept his reason for not to worry for Sandy..when people going missing, you have to worry!!so, i gave this book 4 stars out of 5~
Maria João
8 de 10*

Cecelia Ahern escreve de forma mágica e, em cada livro, transporta-nos para outro mundo, para um lugar tranquilo, onde nos sentimos em paz.
E o Aqui de que nos fala o título deste livro é assim mesmo, um local calmo, onde não existe stress, nem discussões, nem roubos.

Sandy Shortt é uma mulher atormentada por um acontecimento ocorrido quando tinha 10 anos, que foi o desaparecimento súbito da sua vizinha da frente com a mesma idade. Apesar de não serem amigas, esta tragédia afetou de tal f...more
Lisa Reyes
I actually stopped reading this book half way through (something I RARELY do). I don't know if it is because I'm not feeling well, or the book itself, but I just couldn't read any more. I skipped to the final pages, and lo and behold the ending was just what I thought it would be, so I figured why read another 150 pages.
Vikki
There's No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern is the U.S. version of a Place Called Here. I found this a very clever book. Sandy Shortt is our main character. I loved this character. She is tall and probably pretty nerdy. She is obsessed in life by the things she can not find. But also underlying all this is when she was ten her classmate, Jenny- May, went missing. As an adult, Sandy Shortt becomes a detective of missing people.
Cecelia Ahern weaves in The Wizard of Oz.
This is a light book and...more
Shilpa Mudiganti
This book is about a woman named Sandy Shortt who became obsessed with finding missing things and people after her childhood classmate went missing. She relentlessly tries to stop any of her things go missing which do go missing eventually though. It was during one of those episodes, she goes missing too.This book is also about a man named Jack Ruttle who seeks Sandy's help in finding his missing brother but ends up trying to find out where did Sandy go missing.
Well, Sandy goes missing to a plac...more
Chelsea Reed
This book is about Sandy Shortt who ever since she was a kid has always loved to find things. Sandy take her childhood obsession and turns into a line of work. The book is about thinking that you can find all the questions but lose a lot about yourself. Even though Sandy is sloving all of these crime she is really just loosing herself. I found this book rather put together given the fact that Ahern wrote the book PS. I Love You. Ahern brings a book story to this book involving the characters chi...more
Chana
Sandy Shortt, an obsessive/compulsive young woman from suburban Ireland, is always looking for those things that go missing: socks, notebooks, stuffed animals, toothbrushes, pens, keys, the girl across the street who disappeared as a 10 year old when she rode her bike down the street and was never seen again. Every one looks for the missing girl and worries about Sandy who can't seem to stop searching for things. Sandy grows up and opens a Missing Person's Agency. A man is missing his brother an...more
Mago0


This is the book that had given from a friend of mine on my birthday, hoping that this book will accompany me along my final semester in University life. I regret to say that I just manage to read this book 2 years later, when I'm started my work life and yeah, its accompany me along the road from work to house and vice versa.

I got so many confusion while reading it and can't stop from guessing what are the ending, where is Donal actually, what happened to Jenny May , it excites me very well fr...more
Hafsa
I have to give this book a 2/5 or a "it was ok."

The story is very interesting, it answers the question, where do all our missing things go? And while that is a fascinating realm to explore (which I think Ahern does pretty well), I was still left feeling a little sad/depressed about the whole concept. I'm a person who likes closure; there is a definite end to everything. But in her story, there really is no sense of closure, especially when it comes to the missing people. I couldn't help but feel...more
Eugenia Chr
Λοιπόν, επιτέλους κατάφερα να τελειώσω και αυτό το βιβλίο! Εδώ και ένα μήνα περίπου το είχα αφήσει στη μέση καθώς τελευταία φορά που το διάβασα ήταν μέσα στις διακοπές. Ο λόγος; Μα φυσικά γιατί καθώς άρχισα να το διαβάζω και φτάνοντας σχεδόν στα μισά του βιβλίου προσπαθούσα να μην κλείσω τα μάτια μου απο τη βαρεμάρα. Επειδή λοιπόν όμως δεν θέλω να αφήνω τιποτα στη μέση και όταν αρχίζω κάτι θέλω να το τελειώνω έκανα ένα κουράγιο και συνέχισα την ανάγνωση του. Προσωπικά μιλώντας πάντα, είναι ένα α...more
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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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“I can only assume that there’s only one thing more frustrating than not being able to find someone, and that’s not being found. I would want someone to find me, more than anything.” 167 likes
“He tried to tell me week after week to accept things as they were and move on with my life. But if there was one man who had put his life on hold to wait for something or someone, it was him.” 73 likes
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