The Time of My Life
Lying on Lucy Silchester’s carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she's been ignoring it and it needs to meet with her face to face.
It sounds peculiar, but Lucy’s read about this in a magazine. ...more
Lucy Silchester is fine, absolutely fine. So why is it that, of all the miserable, poor, distraught people in the world, it is she who receives a letter asking her to fix an appointment with Life? The letter -after being peed on by her illegally owned cat- lies ignored, like the rest of the things in her Life. She has a job she doesn't love. She has a family she actually likes to visit- if held at gun point. She manages to divide her ...more
Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of Cecelia’s but this book certainly left me skeptical about pursuing any other of her novels.
‘P.S. I Love You‘, her first novel that I’d read was comparatively better than this one. The Time Of My Life was so utterly annoying that with each page it just kept getting to me and it almost made me cry as I couldn’t manage finishing it sooner.
Going back to the moment I first saw it in the bookstore, I’m now wondering as to what made her st ...more
The story begins with, “Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30.” Lucy doesn’t need to read any more; she’s already ignored several invitations just like it, all signed, “Yours sincerely, Life.”
The funny thing is, Lucy isn’t su ...more
But alas! I should have remembered the adage "Do not judge a book by its cover." I really shouldn't have. Despite its colourful front cover full of promises, this book makes me wonder when it will end b ...more
I used to be such a huge fan of hers, recommending her writing to many friends. I absolutely loved "PS, I Love You", and thought that "Love, Rosie" (aka, "Rosie Dunne" / "Where Rainbows End") was also really good. But her books have steadily gone downhill from there, and I think the common denominator is that only her first two books were sincere, realistic, and heartfelt. The rest of the books al ...more
Lucy Silchester thought that her life is fine. She felt content. Until her life started to contact her.
Lucy has become an antisocial, secretive from her friends and family after being dumped by her boyfriend almost three years ago. Her life is a mess and the lies that she told them to cover the truth has become a big pile of lies that she cannot tell the truth without revealing the whole thing. Ironically ...more
Cecilia always sprinkles a little bit of Irish magic into her stories, that’s what makes them extra special. In Time of My Life, Lucy’s life is a mess, she has lost her boyfriend, her job, lives in a pigsty, lyin ...more
First of all I want to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins UK for sending me a review copy of this book. I was so over-excited when I received this for review, Cecelia Ahern is my all time favourite author and her first debut book PS, I Love You was the first novel I ever read and loved and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading. Since then I have read every book she has ever written and loved all of them. This one is one of my top-favourit ...more
And that is exactly who Life - or shall I say Cosmo Brown - reminded me of when dealing with Lucy.
I always know I'm reading a good book when I start reading extra fast, trying so hard not to skip words, or lines, or even pages because I'm dying to know what happens next. But then when I'm done, I'm left feeling bereft and sad, because I wanted it to go on for much longer.
I can very gladly say that Ceceli ...more
Think "I Heart Huckabees". I was apprehensive that I wasn't going to enjoy this, but it was actually interesting and mostly funny. I read the Uncorrected Proof edition, so I'm pretty sure some of the stuff that bothered me about the writing style (super long paragraphs, single quotes, several grammatical errors) won't be around in the final edition. I also felt like most of Chapters 1 - 4 could have either been edited out, or r ...more
Lucy Silchester, the main protagonist is living in a small apartment with her cat, working a job she hates. Lucy keeps getting appointments for her to meet with her 'Life' and is doing her level best to avo ...more
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Cecelia Ahern never disappoints. She is like a female Rick Riordan, who has the gift to make you always laugh. She also has that magic that is typical of her and in this book we can see it by her original characters, plot and great writing.
In The Of My Life the MC meets her life. That's right. I think only a genious like her could have thought that kind of thing.
The MC is a terrible liar and she has to be more honest, i...more
1) Lucy is an incredibly unlikable character. She has virtually no redeeming qualities, in my opinion. She's a pathological liar (even as she narrates, which is really irritating -- she'll go on about some aspect of her life, and then say "Okay, I lied," and that aspect of the story changes entirely. What is the point? Waste of word count.)
1a) On the same note, I just can't relate to h ...more
Initially, I didn't like Lucy, however as I warmed to the theme of the story I really warmed to Lucy- she is a bit of a lost and lonely soul struggling to come to terms with the downward turn her life has taken over the last couple of years. But she is so in denial about being miserably stuck in a rut, she doesn't co ...more
I enjoyed this piece of work. I got into the story really quickly (compared to the la ...more
So this week I read The Time of My Life, the latest novel published by Cecelia Ahern.
It is the story of Lucy Silchester, who returns from work one day to find an invitation to a meeting with her Life. From the back:
It sounds peculiar, but Lucy's read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can't make the date: she's much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends and avoiding her family....more
But Lucy's life isn't what it seems. Some of the choices she's made - and stories she's told -
I'm exceptionally late to the party on this book so I won't attempt the usual Positives/Negatives bit as I usually do. This book was a real perplexity for me. I spent the majority of the text trying to figure out if th ...more
Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she’s been invited along few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold embossed envelope under the ...more
Lucy's life has gone downhill, s ...more
She was incredibly annoying but somehow I kept going and in the end I didn't regret it.
After the hundred or so pages it took to intruduce the setting (WAY TOO LONG!) it started to all move and shift and the plot developed. That I enjoyed, the end was -thou ...more