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Thanks For The Memories

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  32,242 Ratings  ·  1,701 Reviews
How is it possible to know someone you've never met?

Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair.

Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and is persuaded to donate blood
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Paperback, 489 pages
Published 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Jodi Henderson I listened to the book on CD along with my 12 yr old daughter. There was a little strong language, but not much. We both enjoyed it a great deal.
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Mansi Sharma
"Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." This is one book that I just didn't want to have an end. It taught me so much. Specially the things that I knew but couldn't quite come one to. Thanks for the Memories has two parallel stories looking for one common destination. An Irish woman Joyce has just had a tsunami of troubled times in her life. She's going through the loss of her unborn child, a failed marriage and has to face all those sorry faces that she cou ...more
Simcsa
How is it possible to know someone you've never met?

With her marriage already in pieces, Joyce Conway nearly lost everything else. But she survived the terrible accident - and now, inexplicably, she can remember faces she has never seen, cobblestone Parisian streets she's never visited.


Thanks For The Memories is like a bubble gum, it stretches until it bursts. And unfortunately my patience stretched and burst with it and then I wasn't interested in what was to happen next, not at all. I indeed w
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Jennifer
Thanks for the Memories is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Cecelia Ahern. This book has a bit of magical realism added to it that gave it a pretty unique storyline. Imagine having a blood transfusion and suddenly being linked to the donor and vice versa. Pretty unreal, huh? Overall, I thought Thanks for the Memories was fun, sweet, and creative. But...Ms. Ahern took the slow lane on the highway just to go to the corner store in my opinion. This would have been the perfect plot for ...more
Helen Stavraki
May 27, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα υπέροχο βιβλίο. Απολαυστικά συγκινητικό και ευχάριστα κωμικό σε αρκετά σημεία με γρήγορη εξέλιξη και τοσο ενδιαφέρουσα υπόθεση που δεν το αφήνεις πριν το τελειώσεις.
Το καλύτερο από τα τρία βιβλία της Cecelia Ahern που έχω διαβάσει.
Παρόλο που αυτό το οποίο συμβαίνει στην ιστορία μας και περιγράφεται τοσο όμορφα δεν ειναι επιστημονικά τεκμηριωμένο ούτε κοινώς αποδεκτό, καταφέρνει να πείσει τον αναγνώστη και ίσως ίσως να τον βάλει σε σκέψεις για την αντιμετώπιση ή τα αποτελέσματα ενός τέτοιου
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Meghan Cooper
Sep 05, 2010 Meghan Cooper rated it really liked it
Recommended to Meghan by: Friend
Shelves: holiday-books
I finished Thanks For The Memories last night at about 10.30. I read a full 300 hundred pages in the evening. Maybe slightly obsessive, but It was a rather addictive story! It’s really hard to judge this book by its cover, it is so pretty and the colours are just lovely!
Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern is her fifth book to be published and is definitely my favourite so far.

It follows Joyce as she comes to term with the loss of her unborn baby due to an accident falling down the stairs.
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Alaine
Jul 17, 2015 Alaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
What a wonderful book!!!! This book was one of those rare books that grabbed me from the first chapter, one that you can't put down, you just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen to the characters and you read as fast as you possibly can.
This was such a beautifully told story from the first page to the last. I loved the diversity of the characters, the pain, the relationships, I laughed until I nearly cried and then I cried when I felt their pain.
The story is set mainly in Ir
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Ailsa
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FreshGrads .Sg
Jul 25, 2010 FreshGrads .Sg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks for the Memories is the latest book by Cecelia Ahern, acclaimed author of bestseller PS I Love You as well as the youngest daughter of former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. The 28-year-old seems to have all going well for her: Her third novel, If You Could See Me Now, will be the second novel adaptation hitting the screens soon while her fourth novel, A Place Called Here, is to be made into a US TV series.

After a devastating miscarriage which also spells the last of her fast falling a
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Sandra Grauschopf
Apr 21, 2014 Sandra Grauschopf rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I picked up this book because of the blurb on the back that said, "Cecelia Ahern is queen of the modern fairytale." I love fairytales, and I thought that a chick lit book with a fairytale feel would be awesome.

But it seems that whoever wrote that blurb has never actually read a fairytale, only knows that they have something to do with magic. Or something. And this book does have one incredibly unlikely magical element, which is already hard to buy into.

So you know that the hero and the heroine
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Oria
Apr 02, 2011 Oria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anybody asked me what three things I'd like to take with me on an island, I would say 2 books and a sunscreen lotion. I had two books with me on my trip to Koh Chang (Elephant Island), and one of them was Thanks for the Memories.

The reason I bought this book was P.S. I Love You, the movie. I just loved that movie (I must confess Gerard Butler helped a lot in that regard) and even though I haven’t read the book this movie was based on or any other book by this author for that matter, I decide
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Jamieson
Feb 04, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a horrible accident, Joyce Conway is trying to put her life back together.

Her life and her marriage are in pieces, but Joyce tries to get back to living a normal life, despite advice from others. But something is stopping her.

She keeps having dreams of a beautiful blond haired girl, of places she has never been. She knows things that she shouldn’t about art, about architecture. She sees a beautiful woman in her dreams.

Joyce sees and knows things she should not know. And it all started aft
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Elaine
Apr 16, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a “will they, won’t they” story with a magical twist. After an accident Joyce finds she “knows” things that she had no knowledge of before – she has acquired an expert knowledge of the arts and architecture. She now likes ballet and opera. Heck, she is even eating meat again after years of being a vegetarian! Even more strange is the fact that she is “seeing” someone else’s memories.

On one of his regular work visits to Dublin, Justin bumps into Joyce, the girl he comes to know as the “gi
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Marty
Apr 27, 2009 Marty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harpercollins, 2009
Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was, because it's not that Ahern can't write. The prologue is beautifully written and sets up an intriguing mystery. Who is this woman? How pregnant is she? Has she lost the baby? How did she fall down the stairs? Who was on the phone?

I couldn't wait to get into the book and find out what happened. And then - I just didn't believe it. And I'm not even talking about the plot, as implausible as it is. (B
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Emily  (ObsessedReader)
I really enjoyed this, and every time I read a Cecelia Ahern book I am reminded why I love her writing so much. I listened to the audio book of this, and I thought it was excellent. I actually tried to read part of the physical book myself after listening to the audiobook, and I found that I actually preferred listening to the voice of the narrator of the audiobook.
I didn't give the book a full five stars, though, just because it is completely unrealistic and is more fun than believable. Also, I
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Aurora
Aug 29, 2016 Aurora rated it it was amazing
Although I started reading this book and got a reading slump I started reading it all over right from the start and I just finished it today and I totally loved it. *happy dancing*  photo yaayy_zpsv3zbussn.gif

It was a very interesting story, something that I never heard of, and I didn't expect this at all. I just loved the way that every chapter kept blowing my mind.  photo whatttt_zpszpwuqgme.gif

It had some little jokes and funny parts that made me smile and laugh,  photo laughing_zps6s5xvjfp.gif

but sometimes it was a bit annoying like the parts when Joyce's dad kept talking o
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Farah
Sep 12, 2010 Farah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel, reviewed
"So what's the point in saving someone's life if they don't even know you're the one who saved them?" (p. 396)

Justin Hitchcock.
Empat puluh tahun. Duda cerai dengan satu anak. Professor dalam bidang Art and Architecture. Sinis, sedikit egois, childish, bitter. Dengan semua masalah yang dihadapinya, pengalaman pertamanya dalam mendonorkan darah mengubah semuanya.

"How can you even die when you haven't even been born yet?" (p. 416)

"I want to be on my own to grieve. I want to feel sorry for myself wi
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Voolaa P
Mar 31, 2016 Voolaa P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3,5/5 stars! It was an easy read and a sweet story, though most of the time it felt like the narration was focused more on the relationship between Joyce and her father than the actual story between the two protagonists, Joyce and Justin. Although the events are kind of surreal and not scientifically proven it's an honorable attempt at pointing out the strong connection that two people, with very little in common, may share for, sometimes, unknown reasons. Cecelia Ahern created this book as if t ...more
Cintya Larasinta
Suprise .... Di bagian Akhir yang penuh mengejutkan dan mengharukan, hampir saja aku menangis hal itu. Aku suka semua karakter dalam Thanks for the memories ini. Apalagi Henry Conway, ayah Joyce yang lucu, perhatian, kocak. Seakan2 Aku terhanyut dunia Joyce dan ayahnya. Aku merasakan itu amat senyatanya. Sukaaaa sekali Joyce dan Justin.
Blerina Kelmendi
I loved this, thank you Mel ily
Jackie
This will be out in April 2009

Ahern, queen of the "soul mates will find each other" chic lit fairy tales, has another winner on her hands. There's always a bit of magic involved in her tales, but this one has the biggest dose yet. Protagonist Joyce takes a tumble down some stairs, losing her baby (and ultimately her marriage) and needing a blood transfusion. While still in the hospital, she discovers she has all sorts of new knowledge--architectural, artistic, historic, a grasp of languages--tha
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Angie
Apr 11, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked me right in from the riveting 3 page prologue, powerfully, painfully written. While the premise of the book is pretty out there and far-fetched, it was written so convincingly that I couldn't help but be drawn into the lives of the two main characters and found myself blasting through the book to see how it would end. When the characters' hearts were racing I found my own heart beating faster, too. With each missed connection I groaned and sighed in my mind. Reading this book wa ...more
Victoria Delgado
Sé que no estoy siendo muy parcial con la calificación de esta novela porque quien se robo mi corazón fue Henry el papá de Joyce, la protagonista de la historia. Su sola presencia hizo que quisiera seguir leyendo.
Me he reído, me ha conmovido mucho y me ha dado una tarde maravillosa.
Es la primera novela que leo de Cecelia y voy por más a ver que sorpresas me tiene.
Léanla. La van a disfrutar mucho.
Tracey  Gass
Nov 17, 2010 Tracey Gass rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A bookclub choice that I was excited about reading after not reading a romantic novel for ages! I read the whole thing but the story was so unbelievable that I actually got so irritated with it but at the same time was being lightly entertained and had to finish it to see what happened in the end. When I was younger I used to devour these kinds of books and read one after the other but maybe my tastes have changed and I'm not such a romantic anymore?! (How sad!) I normally rate books well if I l ...more
Amy
Jun 30, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars! One of my fav contemporaries ever, so good! I really wish there was a sequel
Gordana Kordić
Oct 26, 2015 Gordana Kordić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ja kažem: Cecelia, hvala tebi što si napisala ovakvu knjigu!

Jedna vrlo zanimljiva knjiga o „prepoznavanju“. Ako ste ikada razmišljali o tomu postoje li takve situacije i događaji, ovo je prava knjiga za vas.

Moram priznati da nisam shvaćala zašto popriličan broj ljudi obožava Cecelijine knjige, ali sada jako dobro znam. Piše svojim stilom i do sada me uspjela pridobiti i namamiti da potražim još njezinih knjiga. Sve ono što se mi pitamo postoji li i nesvjesno se uhvatimo kako razmišljamo o tomu
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Jhoie Saldua
Jul 26, 2011 Jhoie Saldua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cecelia-ahern
"Thanks For The Memories","Cecilia Ahern","","review","Thanks for the Memories is one of the few books i never dare put down when i started it. the book is soooooo good at every aspect that it made me roll with laughter, look deeper into why people are always in a hurry with life (instead of sometimes just look and appreciate everything around them). it made me feel to want to spend more time with my mom, tell stories and laugh with her as to nobody knows how long we'll all be here on earth. mad ...more
Hafsa
Jul 31, 2009 Hafsa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone really
This is my first book by Cecelia Ahern, the author of P.S. I Love You (which she wrote when she was 21!) and co-creator of the ABC show "Samantha Who?"

This book was such a good book to read, it took me by surprise because I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do. The story is well-paced, and has the elements of a thriller/suspense novel, in the sense that it is a page-turner and always leaves you asking, what happens next?

The real gem of the story is Ahern's prose. I was blown away at her
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Inge
Thanks For the Memories is possibly one of the cutest books I have ever read. It is a typical work by Cecelia Ahern – a cute story laced with just a hint of magic. Absolutely unrealistic, but I don’t think anyone cares. You just enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.

Justin Hitchcock is a divorced father and an Architecture teacher. He donates blood in order to sleep with the doctor and is a bit of a douche. His life turns completely upside-down when he keeps encountering a certain woman who he
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Anne
Feb 20, 2013 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: C. Ahern fans
Shelves: read-2013
So nachdem ich jetzt so viel Young Adult gelesen habe, brauchte ich mal eine kurze Pause davon und deswegen griff zu einem Buch von Cecelia Ahern. Da ich schon zwei Bücher von ihr gelesen habe, wusste ich ihn etwa auf was ich mich einlasse. Ein Buch fürs Herz. Und genau das habe ich bekommen. Das war wieder mal ein typisches Cecelia Ahern Buch, obwohl mir persönlich „PS Ich liebe dich“ und „Zeit deines Lebens“ etwas besser gefallen haben.
Hier geht es um Joyce, der das Schicksal nicht gerade gut
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Silvana
Obrigada pelas recordações foi o primeiro livro que li da autora Cecelia Ahern, desta forma parti para a leitura do livro sem expectativas criadas pela leitura de livros anteriores. É um livro com estória marcada por momentos de reflexão, momentos cómicos, momentos de romance, momentos de tristeza... É um livro que nos leva numa viagem pelas emoções do seu humano, mesmo aquelas que nos são estranhas e para as quais não obtemos nenhuma explicação.
Confesso que foi um livro que não me cativou no in
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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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“We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.” 774 likes
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