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If You Could See Me Now

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,164 Ratings  ·  1,659 Reviews

Tender, magical and captivating – a story of family, friends, and the unlikeliest of romances from the No. 1 bestselling author, Cecelia Ahern.

What if love was right there in front of you – you just couldn't see it?

Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is

Kindle Edition, 419 pages
Published (first published November 21st 2005)
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Nov 13, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What did I think? WHAT DID I THINK?! Well, if I told you that I sat on the bed and cried exactly like this for about five to ten minutes after I'd closed the book, does that put it in perspective for you?

Front Cover.
I really, really liked the front cover for 'If You Could See Me Now', it was simple, natural, and actually depicts a huge part in the book. When I first saw it I thought it was lovely anyway because I love the thought of making a wish with dandelions and then blowing them to watch
I thought I'd make it simple and just list a few facts about If You Could See Me Now:

1. It is not a typical romance novel.
2. It is not to everyone's taste.
3. It's written for people with imagination.
4. It has made me laugh and cry in the most unexpected way.
5. It's 'sprinkled with magic'.
6. It taught me that sometimes you just need to let go and simply enjoy.
7. It is an indescribably touching story.
8. It made me want to have Ivan as best friend, if only for few days.
Feb 23, 2008 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 22, 2008 Amira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This was my first Cecelia Ahern read and I sincerely hope it won't be my last because it was just so amazing. The concept of the novel was so beautiful and innocent.

When I read the blurb, I had no idea there was a sense of magic about it. I just thought it was a normal chic-lit book that intrigued me, yet again. Oh, how wrong I was.

Ahern took me on a journey whereby I witnessed things I hadn't thought about since childhood. I was thrilled by the happiness, sucking me in wholeheartedly but I was
Jan 21, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very hard book to review because whilst I did have some misgivings about parts of it, on the whole I really enjoyed reading this magical fairy tale of a story. It is the story of Elizabeth and her imaginary friend Ivan, whose relationship develops over the course of the book to a point where someone has to say “stop, this will not work”. The story itself is really lovely although there were times I wanted to shake Elizabeth. It was as if she could not see what was, or was not staring h ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I really struggled with reading this book. It took me so much longer than it should have just because I could not get into it! I guess I am just too practical to enjoy this one. :) I have no problem with a book being a little unrealistic, for the sake of a good love story. :) But in this case, I had a problem with a woman falling in love with an "imaginary friend" who is in fact real, but not really. Arrgg. I could not take it. I could not get into it. I felt like I was reading a childrens ...more
Tatiana Arutyunova
I began reading this book in the plane and thought that I would finish it before the plane landed because the previous Cecelia Ahern's book "Where rainbows end" was read by me really quickly. But I was mistaken, the vacation ended and I still hadn't finished the book, it wasn't light and easy-reading for me, I had to try my best to make me read it. To be honest, I didn't enjoy at least the first half of the book because I hated Saoirse and her way of life. Sometimes people need to have a rest fr ...more
Gatlianne Gatlianne
This book sat on my bookshelf for quite a while...waiting for me to be ready to read it. And when it was was time. I flew through the book unable to sit it aside. The story is so sweetly touching. It's playful and lighthearted yet full of deep emotion and caring. I couldn't wait to finish the book to pass it along to a friend. This is a story about coming into your own and letting go of the deep seeded beliefs and fears that get in your way. You finish it and it's like you're sitting i ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Lamees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lamees by: May
Note: this review is written in both languages, Arabic and English.
ملاحظة: هذه المراجعة مكتوبة باللغتين: العربية والإنجليزية.

قالت لي صديقتي: هي أجملُ ما قرأتُ حتى هذه اللحظة.
فأعلنت أعماقي ولادة سؤال خفيٍّ فضوليّ جديد: هل هي جميلة إلى هذا الحد؟

لم يكن لديّ جوابٌ على سؤالي بعد بالطبع، لكنّ عيني صديقتي مي كانتا تقولان الكثير وهي تتحدث عنها كما تتحدث أم عن ابنها الذي تحبّه وتقول رأيها فيه دون اكتراث
Nina @ Life of a Bookworm
Da vam istinu kažem ne sjećam se kada sam kupila tu knjigu. Mora da je bilo davno. Malo me primila Cecelia Ahern groznica pa sam nakon Knjige sutrašnjice uzela ovu u ruke jer iskreno govoreći nisam znala što bih čitala dalje.
Često mi se zna dogoditi takva situacija. Mnogo sam puta vidjela fotkice staklenki s papiričima na kojima su naslovi knjige i da ljudi na takav način biraju što dalje čitati. Iako je to nekima super, ja sam užasno izbirljiva. Moje raspoloženje me najčešće navodi prema nekoj
Sep 09, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, kindness. It's the thing we crave the most, and all too often it doesn't show up. This lovely book blazes with it. This is a breezy romantic comedy/fantasy, but what you might not expect is the emotional punch. It will floor you.
Elizabeth Egan lives in a small Irish town and takes care of her nephew Luke. She's an interior designer and her life seems perfectly organized, but hectic. Into their lives comes Ivan, a sort of "professional imaginary best friend". They usually show up to help kids
Jul 03, 2008 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect, but at the library, I found this on the shelf and decided to give it a chance. I really, really liked it. I usually don't just pick up a book from the shelf--I like them to be recommended or on a special table, but I'm glad I did.

Elizabeth, an independent, fierce, rigid person, who is raising her carefree sister's six year old son, is on the pathway to a very lonely and loveless existence until she meets Ivan. Ivan turns out not to be who she thought he was, but tha
May 16, 2013 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you could see me now... This is the second book I read by Cecelia Ahern, a long time ago, the first one was P.S. I love you, before the movie came out. I read a review about it, and was set off to see what is was about... And did I found something incredible indeed. Cecelia has captivated me, in all her books.
But I must say it's If You Could See Me Now the one that has such an special place in my heart, words are just not enough to explain. See from the very first moment, I felt a connection
Jan 20, 2008 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avoid
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Aug 06, 2014 Versha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, own-it
There are some books which makes you happy just like that without any genuine reason behind it, this was one of those for me. I really like this imaginary world of happiness which Cecelia Ahern created and yes it was indeed a modern fairy tale with a practical ending which was actually the best part. Whenever I used to open this book it only took me to another world, a world which I was glad to be a part of.
This book is different than most of the books i have read , it has quite an imagination , the element of surprise , & the theme of hope ...
I would recommend this book for those who are searching for hope , for new beginning , cause it makes you see the world with a very different perspective .

The love is so pure & selfless , the innocence would feel your eyes , & the part where you know its going to be that way , you still want to believe in a miracle ,there is a very thin line betwe
Joy Joy
Jun 04, 2011 Joy Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I really liked it. The book welcomed me into the "agency" of imaginary friends.:P And I thought if this group really existed, I would like to have an imaginary friend as a companion-- to right my wrongs, to serve as a company when life gets too silent, to poke and tell me to enjoy life, or to let me see how constant change really is. Believe me, I could relate myself to Lizzie (in so many ways). I wondered if I ever had an imaginary friend when I was young(I'd better ask my mom about this).

Feb 26, 2015 Vir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Si pudieras verme ahora es una lectura muy tierna, divertida y con un toque mágico y especial que me atrapó desde la primera página. Cecelia Ahern nos deleita con unos personajes entrañables y algo peculiares, y una historia de amor diferente que nos enseñará una valiosa lección.

May 21, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Cecelia Ahern – Grade A+

There are no words to express how touching this story is.
I’ve read two books by Cecilia Ahern – P.S. I Love You and this. Both of them have touched my heart in a way rarely any book has.
If You Could See Me Now is a book which would make even the cynic of cynics sob like a baby.

Let me give you some background.
If You Could See Me Now is a gentle tale; a love story with a twist.
Elizabeth is a very uptight and no nonsense lady who has been stuck with her sister’s six year
Jun 04, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The more you try to simplify things the more you complicate them. You create rules, build walls, push people away, lie to yourself and ignore true feelings. That is not simplifying things.”
― Cecelia Ahern, If You Could See Me Now

Some people aren't into the whimsical. They like to stay grounded in reality and they like to know that what they're reading is concrete and is a variance on what their own life is like- or maybe someone they'd wish their life was like or maybe glad that it's not like
Madeline Pugh
Jun 05, 2012 Madeline Pugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes we just need to let go. We need to relax, stop worrying and just enjoy ourselves. Take a break form the real world and all it stress and demand for perfection to be happy and free. You see, we all need to take a break every once in a while to let go , and many it come natural but for some it is difficult to break down the barrier holding them back.

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern is a creative story that takes place in a cozy small town in Ireland. Elizabeth Egan whole life ha
Mar 24, 2011 Ikang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked to this book because it was quite different from all the books I've read. And having a little magic with the imaginary friend and their characteristics and capabilities caught my curiosity. It made me think the reality and possibility of having an imaginary friend and falling in love with him.. :)

Although the end was quite disappointing because he stayed as imaginary, i still have to admit that I enjoyed the book a lot and I would love reading it over and over again. :))

I wouldn't b
Nov 24, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It wasn't entirely what I had expected, but the surprise was a pleasant one. I want to meet someone as clear-sighted and imaginative as Ivan. His playful, adventurous, carefree approach in life matches mine, and the world would be a much better place if there were more people like him in it.

The message this book sends is wonderful. The world can be a truly magical place if we treat our time in it as such. Memorable, important, worthwhile. We worry too much about the wrong thi
May 19, 2015 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irlandeses

Foi a temática que me levou a pedi-lo emprestado, mas devo confessar que ficou aquém das minhas expetativas. A escrita não é má, mas as personagens são muito estereotipadas e a história não me surpreendeu, sendo que o final é especialmente previsível e banal.
Limau Nipis
3.5 stars.

What would you do if you suddenly can see your nephew's imaginary friend?

At one point of time, Ivan (the imaginary friend of Luke, Elizabeth's nephew) falls in love with Elizabeth. But how could they live with each other, when Ivan is not even a real person?

I was crying when it came to the story of Opal, Ivan's mentor who falls in love with a real person.

OK, since I am to lazy to tag spoilers, and if you don't want any spoiler, stop reading here.

Since you will know how this story wil
Oct 03, 2010 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-romance
Last September 7, 2008, 3:30pm...i came to my room and wept.(JOKE!) haha!
I got the book from my bookshelf and started reading the book...(duh!)

before anything else i would just like to say this, a quote from the book that was mentioned by one of the characters, and that is, GNIROB!(smiles)

You know the movie P.S. I Love You? yep. Cecelia Ahern is also the author of that book. This book "If You Could See Me Now" will also be made into a film. waaah! OK, i know i'm obsessing....but this book made m
May 12, 2010 Shxrxn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love was one of those feelings that you could never have control of.

People forget they have options. And they forget that those things really don’t matter. They should concentrate on what they have and
not what they don’t have. And by the way, wishing and dreaming doesn’t
mean concentrating on what you don’t have, it’s positive thinking that encourages hoping and believing, not whinging and moaning.

Life’s kind of like a painting. A really bizarre, abstract painting.
You could look at it and think t
Ais, que llorera más tonta me ha dado con esta historia... No ha sido la novela que más me ha gustado de esta autora, pero tiene unos personajes y situaciones taaan emotivas.
He empatizado enormemente con Elizabeth por su personalidad tan cerrada pero soñadora y esperanzada de sentir la libertad y el amor. Y la aparición de Ivan... es taaaan entrañable y pura en su inocencia Aunque se ve venir desde el inicio cómo acabará la historia, pues a pesar de tener un toque de fantasía, no estamos ant
Cookie Mason (seetheworldwithbooks)
5 STARS +++++



Jun 11, 2012 Elin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
I usually like Cecilia Ahern’s books. “PS. I love you” is one of my favorite books, and I expect her books to keep the same standard. But “If you could see me now” was such a disappointment I found myself reading sentences out load to my boyfriend appalled with the poor language and the absence of a working storyline. This wasn’t only a bad story, it was hideous use of characters and all the descriptions were faltering and cliché.

I am so let down with this book I couldn’t even finish it, which
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