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If You Could See Me Now

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  23,411 ratings  ·  1,459 reviews

Readers and critics alike adore Cecelia Ahern for her lighthearted yet insightful stories about modern women and their often unusual situations. In If You Could See Me Now, she takes that theme a step further, offering us a heroine who is entirely believable, and the new man in her life who is, well, slightly less so.

Elizabeth Egan's life runs on order: Both her home and

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Paperback, 401 pages
Published November 21st 2005 by Harper Collins
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Becca's
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
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Karolina
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.
Sara
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Amira
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
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Sandra
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
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Shannon
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Jenny
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
Andy
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
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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 time...it 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
Varsha
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.
Mark
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
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VaultOfBooks
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
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Joy Joy
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).

Lizz
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Madeline Pugh
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
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Ikang
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
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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 will
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Joanna
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
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Sarah
“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
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Shxrxn
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
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Kat
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
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Sammy
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
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Valerie
It probably made a big difference that I listened to this book on CD. I might not have read the book, but the Irish accents and lilting music added to the magic and fantasy of the story. The premise of the book may sound a bit "same old." A woman who grew up too fast, her sister who didn't grow up at all, and the sister's son now being raised by the aunt who can't let herself have fun or she'll be too much like her sister and their irresponsible mother who abandoned them and their father. The st ...more
Duchess Nicole
Listened to the audio version. LOVED the Irish accents, and also loved that there were two different voices, a man's and a woman's.

Now, I don't read a lot of chick lit, so I'm not sure what the norm is. But one thing I've noticed about the chick lit that I HAVE read is it's ability to make me cry. This was no exception. I found myself tearing up quite a few times; so often, in fact, that I started telling myself to toughen up. It was just so sad! Elizabeth's mother is a horribly selfish woman wh
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Dana
Elizabeth is a fastidious, extremely well organized, interior decorator. Elizabeth has always been the responsible one in her family. She helped raise her sister when her mother left. She now is raising Luke, her sister's son. Elizabeth has a ton of responsibilities. Her father is constantly looking for his wife to return and her sister is an alcoholic. But Elizabeth is not fun and has no idea of how to play with her nephew and as for an imagination, she doesn't have one.

When Ivan from 'Ekam Eve
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♥ Becky  22
I would give this book a billion stars if I could.
This may just be the sweetest story I have ever read. I honestly didn't want this book to end.

Forget about the synopsis, wipe away any thoughts about what the book might be about and just start reading it.

This will forever be one of my favorite books of all time.
Marijana
Didn't like it. Boring...
Nina
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
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Maggie
Elizabeth is straight laced and has to be perfect, hold everything and everyone around her together and she doesn't have time for fun.

She's raising her nephew Luke, which she didn't want to do. Suddenly Luke has an imaginary friend named Ivan, which is driving Elizabeth nuts because she feels like that life should be real, no matter what age you are.

But suddenly Elizabeth can see Ivan, and hear Ivan and soon she starts to fall in love with Ivan, thinking that Ivan is a father of a friend of Luke
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Lindsay
I love Cecelia Ahern's book. They make you laugh and cry and are so full of feeling. They also give you the notion that love exists and there is someone out there for all of us. And sometimes it shows up before you can even see it.


This is the story of Elizabeth, a woman who likes everything neat, clean, and in its place. Elizabeth has a wild and crazy sister who has a young son who Elizabeth has to take care of. One day the child meets an imaginary friend, Ivan. Ivan falls in love with Elizabeth
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Elin
Jun 11, 2012 Elin rated it 1 of 5 stars
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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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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“When you drop a glass or a plate to the ground it makes a loud crashing sound. When a window shatters a table leg breaks or when a picture falls off the wall it makes a noise. But as for your heart when that breaks it s completely silent. You would think as it s so important it would make the loudest noise in the whole world or even have some ... Read Moresort of ceremonious sound like the gong of a cymbal or the ringing of a bell. But it s silent and you almost wish there was a noise to distract you from the pain. If there is a noise it s internal. It screams and no one can hear it but you. It screams so loud your ears ring and your head aches. It trashes around in your chest like a great white shark caught in the sea it roars like a mother bear whose cub has been taken. That s what it looks like and that s what it sounds like a trashing panicking trapped great big beast roaring like a prisoner to its own emotions. But that s the thing about love no one is untouchable.” 442 likes
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