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The Gift

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  11,499 ratings  ·  877 reviews
Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern.

If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with h...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Fatema Meamari
Cecelia Ahern is a very clever, creative writer. I really admire her work. It's pretty awesome. When you look at her covers, you don't expect much (At least that's how it was with me). You expect just another romantic comedy with all the gooey, cheesy, lovey-dovey romantic parts. Trust me, that is FAR from the case.
Her books are wonderful. They deal with serious issues and serious problems. Real-life, every day shit. She also throws in a little bit of magic and intrigue. Her books have this cre...more
Katsumi
After reading Cecelia Ahern's novels 'Book of Tomorrow' and 'P.S I Love You', I was looking forward to reading another. Her books are so easy to read and leave you feeling really uplifted and The Gift definitely does that.
I was a little dubious about reading a Christmas novel in July but towards the end I really got into the festive spirit! An utterly fantastic book that gives out a fabulous message about the gift of time which really made me think as I turned each page. The descriptive writing...more
Nicolette
THE GIFT
By Cecelia Ahern
(HarperCollins)

THIS book caught my eye with its silver wrapping-paper effect hardcover of shiny snowflakes and bright red ribbon tied in a bow to look like the perfect gift.

This touching novel focuses on a man who comes to realise that some parts of his life can only bring him to ruin.

Businessman Lou Suffern always has to be in two places at the same time. He catches the beginning of one meeting or function so that he can be there at the end of another.

His womanising and...more
Julie
I wanted something easy to read on public transport and this certainly ticked that box. I finished it before even adding it to my 'currently reading' on this site!

The protagonist is fallible, something I always think makes a book interesting, and all the characters are somewhat believable, but it was very hard to find anything warm or likeable in them. The people and the settings made me feel uncomfortable somehow. Perhaps they was supposed to.

I suppose it's easy to be cynical about the characte...more
Iris Blobel
A must read for Cecelia Ahern Fans!

I loved the book because after I had read the previous few books, I fell in love with Cecelia's stories yet again.

It's a common story: a busy husband and father, with a big career, wants everything, yet bigger and better, and not getting his priorities right. His family and health are suffering. Lou at some stage lost the ability to live until he meets Gabriel, or Gabe, a man living on the streets. After this his life changes forever....

Cecilia Ahern always add...more
Jenny
On the back of this book it says "An instant holiday classic" so you think you'll be in for a nice and cozy type of read. Heck no! I mean I would say 95% of the book is great but as soon as you realize how it's going to end you're like "WTF?" I stayed up late finishing it b/c I kept thinking there is no way it's going to end like I think it is but it did. Yes, the overall message is great but the outcome of this particular story is not something you want on your mind as you're trying to fall asl...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I'll admit that I found Cecelia Ahern to be a better writer than I assumed that she would be. I've not read any of her other books before and from the genre she's known for, chick-lit, I was simply expecting something simple and fun. This book dealt with some every day problems and issues and it was trying to teach us something. The story is set in modern day Dublin, nearing Christmas, and the story is well set with clear, visible descriptions.
In this book, Ahern is trying to tell a story about...more
Adam
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Adela C.
Am cumpărat această carte în momentul în care a apărut în librării, însă din diverse motive, m-am apucat tot de altele şi am reuşit să o citesc în vacanţa intersemestrială. Din motive de timp, sau mai exact lipsa lui, scriu doar acum despre ea.

În ziua de Crăciun, sergentul Raphael O’Reilly şi Jessica Rabbit sunt de serviciu. La secţie este adus un adolescent, care aruncase un curcan îngheţat prin fereastra tatălui său, aproape rănind-o pe sora lui vitregă, pe motiv că tatăl său anulase cina cu e...more
Francine
Nov 05, 2011 Francine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Francine by: My wonderful English teacher's DEAR reading list
This book truly stuck a nerve and one of my heart strings at the same time. After reading the book, I was put in a state of shock. But it was a good kind of shock. If you were to ask me if this book changed my life then I would say that in a way, it did. Don't misunderstand me, though. This book did not turn my world upside down and left me breathless. But what it really did was even more amazing. It opened my eyes.

I can confidently say that Cecelia Ahern is a gifted writer. To be honest, I had...more
Yla Delarosa
I like the story... although every once in a while I find it hard to empathize with the characters. Lou is a selfish jerk who thinks only about his career, and everyone else around him just nods and dont do anything about it. Then along came Gabe who gave him the gift to be in two places at the same time. I dont like Gabe... there's just too much mystery thrown in that he became vague as a character. Some situations are very improbable, but hey... its fiction, right? So whatever... :p Anyway, th...more
Cadiva
I don't often read "chic lit" but chose this for our book club to read for our December novel as it appeared on my Amazon recommendations. With that in mind, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and was very pleasantly surprised not only by the novel itself but by the ending (which I won't spoil here).
In her main character Lou Suffern, Ahern creates a protagonist that is difficult to empathise with at the same time as he is very easy to understand. A driven, work is priority while his family su...more
ReaderSP
I love Cecelia Ahern and I am always so excited when another one of her books is released. She is so young but writes so wisely. I watched the video of her interview on Amazon and she seems like a really nice person. I thought that the book itself was a really great read. I read it in 2 days (around work!) and loved it. I finally finished it in the bath last night and the water went cold because I wanted to finish my book!
The story is a story within a story. The first story is about a kid who th...more
Melissa
What do you get when you combine George Bailey, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Don Draper?

You get Lou Suffern.

Lou's the main character in this Christmas-novel-with-a-timeless-message by Irish author Cecelia Ahern, whose books I tend to enjoy. (See my review of There's No Place Like Here.) I'm usually not a Christmas book reader, but I was in the mood for such a novel this past week. When I saw this on display at the library, I grabbed it because Ahern's novels tend to be light reads (guilty pleasures,...more
Alison
This was a christmas gift from my Mum and Dad. I loved the cover with the snowflakes and red ribbon! I read this over the Christmas holiday. I have read other titles by this author and apart from P.S. I Love You which I really enjoyed, I found the others a bit nondescript and one of them, slightly odd. However I thoroughly enjoyed this, whether it was because it was a feel good read and it was Christmas I don't know. Plot was slightly predictable towards the end but all in all enjoyable. Would h...more
Lindsay
I love Cecelia Ahern's stuff. Her books are always magical and touching and can make you laugh and cry. But with this one, I didn't really get that feeling. I kind of felt like her editor wanted her to write a holiday book and she kind of just made this story up. Its a little confusing. The story is about a cop who is telling a kid the store about Lou who is a busy, busy man, and always needs to be in two places at one time. One day Lou gives a homeless man a cup of coffee and later decides to g...more
Saimah
Prerequisite for reading the book: For a little while, just suspend reality and by the time the book ends you'd have reality facing you.

Just like any of us, Lou wants his work to speak of his abilities and talent. He finds joy in his accomplishments at work, without sparing even a single thought as to how he has been as a son, a brother, a husband or a father. This until he meets a homeless man, Gabe (Gabriel?) who helps him in his ordeals by giving some special kind of pills (Miracle? Placebo?)...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Now this is Cecilia Ahern that I know. The one who wrote P.S. I Love You, the one who made me cry after reading her book, the one that write a book which made you think about life. I was a little bit disappointed with Thanks for the Memories and If You Could See Me Now but whit this book everything is back to normal. First Cecilia's book I read was P.S. I Love You, and I was so fascinated, then I read those two and feeling wasn't the same. With this book she is back were she used to be.

Speaking...more
Sara H.
Okay, well, I have to admit, I didn't like the plot that much at all. But I loved the ending because that's when it gets to the point and you learn something. The last part I have to say is what really hooked me. The last few chapters are the best out of the entire book I think.
I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover or whatever, but I really couldn't help it. The cover makes it seem like the story is largely based on Christmas or something, when it's only loosely based on it. Maybe...more
Jennifer Jones
I have been a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern ever since I read "PS I Love You" around 4-5 years ago. Since then, I have read everything she's written that I could get my hands on and "Samantha Who" was a staple on my DVR. Her stories are so rich and heartfelt. Her characters are real, flawed, and endearing.
The main character, Lou, was such a jerk! So self-centered and puffed up in himself that I should have hated him. Instead, I found myself cheering him on. Rooting for him. Talking to the pages of m...more
Sabine
Ich hatte mir von der Geschichte viel erhofft und mir das Hörbuch extra für die Weihnachtszeit aufbewahrt, und leider war ich sehr enttäuscht, denn ich habe nicht den Zauber gespürt, von dem so oft bei diesem Buch gesprochen wird.
Lou Suffern ist ein vielbeschäftigter Ehemann, der ehrgeizig die Karriereleiter erklimmt, dabei jedoch Freunde und Familie vernachlässigt. Zufällig lernt er den Obdachlosen Gabe kennen, fühlt sich mit ihm seltsam verbunden und vermittelt ihm einen Job. Doch Gabe vermag...more
Shy
My Review: One thing that I love most about Cecelia is that she has an incredible talent in deciphering human’s complexities through her writing. Even though she tends to use a roundabout, difficult analogy to explain something, she did that beautifully and I found myself enchanted in the story she built. In The Gift, Cecelia once again brought magical elements into her writing and without doubt, it managed to catch my interest from the very beginning.

The theme behind The Gift is fairly simple....more
Emma
This is the first novel I have read by Cecelia Ahern and I have to admit I was a bit of a sceptic. Not being a big fan of mainstream 'chick-lit' or mass produced literature I had put Cecilia into this category in my head. I have to say it's been a battle as to whether The Gift was a 2* or a 3* read for me but Cecelia's engaging, easy reading style made me round her up. If there was a 2.5 option I would have hovered in the middle! I won't recount the story as you can see that in the description....more
Holly
I was a little bit skeptical of this book, but I decided to give it a chance since I have had positive experiences with Cecelia Ahern's books in the past. Well, I should have went with my instincts, because this book was pretty awful.

The first of several rants has to do with this book's unrealistic nature. I mean, I'm all for fiction, but this was just pushing it a little. My biggest complaint, with regards to its unrealistic tendency, is the whole business of Lou getting cloned on three separat...more
Graceann
Cecilia Ahern is fast becoming my go-to author for fairy tales for adults. In this holiday-themed title, she gives us a story to which a lot of us can relate. How often are we so busy that we don't pay attention to what's going on in the moment?

Lou Suffern is always ten steps ahead of himself. When he gets up in the morning, he's already thinking about his afternoon meetings. He works long hours, makes promises to his family that he has no intention of keeping and is, in general, a lousy human...more
Nicky
Just finished this and to be honest, i can see why it hasn't had the best reviews. Essentially it's a good story but it really doesn't get going till you're 3/4 of the way through the book, it's almost drip feeding you, giving you enough of a story to keep you reading but nothing that makes you desperate to get to the end and see the outcome. The final chapter seems to be over very quickly, it seems rushed after the rest of the book has dragged.

The characters are ok, if a little skimmed over, y...more
Amore
I borrowed this book thinking that it was going to have the same charm that Cecelia's other books did. I was sorely surprised.

The language was so... (pardon me if this offends you) American. It was the language that I hear teenage boys use on the streets, kids who have bad influences. I know that as an author you have to research locations and languages as well as settings but this was just... ugh. It made me sick to my stomach. I don't want to read about things like this. I don't want to hear

...more
Fuglsang
Jan 15, 2011 Fuglsang rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Busy people
Right. So, I read this book because I was sure 'PS I Love You' would make me cry and feel sad. Unfortunately for me, this book made me cry and feel sad as well, so what do you know.

It's a simple, magical tale, one with a message that's sure to hit anyone straight in the heart. The lesson's a sweet one, but also a tough one, and I guess there's only one way to deliver it - this is the way to do it.

The reason for me focusing so much on this message is that the usual stuff - characters, setting, or...more
Hillary
I guess I would actually give it one and a half stars, since as bad as it was, there were little parts that were at least entertaining. It is basically one giant cliche. Despite that, I found myself getting slightly emotional at the extremely predictable, grim ending. But it really doesn't take much for me to get emotional, so that's not saying much. I have always wanted to read P.S. I Love You also by this author, and see the movie, but never do because I am never up for the depressing storylin...more
Patty
I enjoyed the book until the end...I had anticipated that the ending would be more magical and upbeat since the final events happened on Christmas Day but that was not the case. The moral of the story about spending more time with loved ones is nothing new and we all need to be reminded about it from time to time...but ending the book as Ahern did was disappointing. I was also confused and wondered how the storyteller knew the specific details of the story he was telling Turkey Boy unless he was...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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