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The Time of My Life

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  19,207 ratings  ·  1,670 reviews
Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life – and she’s going to have to keep it.

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.
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published September 20th 2011)
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Mansi Sharma
LOVED the book! It was so good! So funny! So...Life-like. :)
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
Asha Seth
Jan 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Are you kidding me? Noone! of course.
Recommended to Asha by: Madness
Shelves: 2012
Did I really rate it 1 star?

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
Sharon Vander Meer
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I may have found my new favorite female author. She’s in her early thirties and is already an internationally known writer with several best sellers. If "The Time of My Life," is an example of her work, Cecelia Ahern will be around for a long time.

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
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled through this book from the beginning. It's not your usual fun chick-lit, which I'm disappointed about. I want a chick-lit that makes me laugh, giggle, swoon, and giggle some more. With such a chick-lit-y cover in swirly gold writing, what's to say it doesn't contain excitement and fun?

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
Wow, it saddens me to rate a book written by Cecelia Ahern so low, but it just wasn't that great :(

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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
I don't really think Ahern's books are my style, they're too... glittery. some parts are quite depressing, not the 'agreeable' kind of depressing you get (ok, not 'agreeable' technically so, but there are books like 'Sister of my heart' 'Thousand Splendid Suns' that are sad/ depressing yet good. Ahern-type depressing is a person who has most things people would be thankful for, yet who also creates drama out of situations they are in and whines about everything from the weather to their granola- ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
And the award for the most annoying and frustrating character I've read about this year so far goes to ... Lucy Silchester, the main character in this novel. I just absolutely couldn't stand her. The Time of My Life is basically just a book about Lucy lying to everyone in her life and completely ruining her life by continuously lying about everything even when people find out she's lied and confront her with it. Furthermore, the fact that her life - in human form - begins following her everywher ...more
Ririn Aziz
Nobody has to be lonely. Everybody deserves to be happy. My thought while reading this book.

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
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yet another book I loved by Cecelia Ahern, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I love her quirky ideas for stories and the interesting characters she brings to life. The way she personified LIFE in this novel was wonderful. Lucy was a funny character too, with all her "Okay, I lied" statements. Although this book was emotionally sad in places, overall this novel had me laughing more than any other book I've read. ...more
Susan Buchanan
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have liked all of Cecelia Ahern's books that I have read and have a few more still on my shelves to read. I love how Life was a person and how what Lucy does in her life, affects Life's life. Often they seemed like an old, married couple. I think we are all guilty of neglecting our lives now and then and the prospect of a physical person being there to steer us back on course was very welcome. This book is really funny, but also has a message for us. A warm, easy read and one to lose yourself ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Cecelia Ahern is one of my favorite authors. Anyways ever since I read P.S. I love you I’ve devoured every single book she has written and all of them are beautiful. Here latest book, Time of My Life, I have just finished and I am sorry I finished it. I miss reading it. It is that good

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
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
The Time of my Life Review on K-Books

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
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favourites, 2011
'You used to be much more..."muchier". You've lost your muchness.' - the Mad Hatter to Alice.

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
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Summary* A pathological liar meets her life, literally face to face.

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
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read "P.S. I Love You" several years ago. Though I really didn't like all aspects of the novel I did think it showed flashes of brilliance by Ms. Ahern. Reading her newest novel, "The Time of My Life" I just ended up feeling nothing but disappointment at an opportunity lost with this novel.

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
Stephanie Kline
Apr 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNFing at about 62%. This book just isn't holding my interest AT ALL. I'm having a tough time with it because:

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
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was initially sceptical when I picked up this book as I wasn't that crazy about PS I love you, however I really loved this book! I found it to be both heart-warming and uplifting.

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
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story follows Lucy, who got into turmoil with her own life. She was mildly successful and in a happy relationship with a lot of friends. But after her break up, she lost her job, moved flats and has some difficulties maintaining her relationships (friends- and family-wise). So, to get her on the right track, her life steps in: a man who is not really attractive, not really dapper and definitely not friendly.

I enjoyed this piece of work. I got into the story really quickly (compared to the la
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a truly delightful and heartfelt read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Lindsay Nixon
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loooooooved this and cried at the end twice (a case of the right book coming into my life at the right / perfect moment).

It’s fun and light but also philosophical (for the reader). I also love how the author told a (somewhat) common story (“get your life together”) in a completely new and profound way.

This book reminded me a little of Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl so if you liked that book, don’t miss this!

This is my third “win” from this author.

FYI It IS a little kooky at times and you ha
Rebekka Steg

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.

But Lucy's life isn't what it seems. Some of the choices she's made - and stories she's told -
Rob Slaven
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As usual I received this book because of some random giveaway or other so I didn't pay even a farthing for it. Unfortunately I don't recall exactly which giveaway because it's been festering at the bottom of my pile for quite some time. Despite that I give my candid opinions below.

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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lucy's life fell apart when she left her nearly perfect boyfriend 3 years ago. Ok. She didn't leave him. He dumped her. She quit her good-paying job that she enjoyed. Oops. She didn't quit. She got fired. She lives in a cozy apartment that she loves. Well...if you count climbing over the couch from the kitchen just to sit down and hanging your clothes from the curtain rods as cozy, then that's the truth. She has to leave social events early because she has other things to do. Did I mention that ...more
Amazing book. I'll be back with a review. ...more
celln (talesbysel)
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is going to be one of those tough reviews so I'm going to keep it short and to the point.

Imagine you're meeting with your LIFE in the flesh as a person who is constantly telling you what a poor job you have been doing.

"You just sweep more crap under the rug, because that rug's going to get so bumpy it'll trip you up."

The story line is amazing but the story and the characters not so much.

Rea Cobb
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love books by Cecelia Ahern, although I always love them I never quite know what to expect next with her books! I have just finished reading The Time Of My Life which is due out 13th October this year. I have to say the cover to this book is stunning and in my opinion is the best cover of all the Cecelia Ahern books.

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
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such a delicious mindfuck of a book, and so very heartrending at the same time. Very early on, I knew this one would hurt. And I kept waiting to feel frustration, even anger at the ways of our protagonist ... but oddly enough, that never happened. Which says something for the skill of Ahern, how she manages to make her protagonists so sympathetic even when they're so royally fucked up. My heart utterly went out to Lucy, to the awful predicament she found herself in, even though I knew o ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read every single one of Cecelia Ahern's books and I love her writing style. I love her elements of mystery and a sort of magic. One of my favourite books is 'A Place Called Here' so when I heard there was a new book by Ahern coming out I had to read it. I was top of the request list at the library (and it's a big list!!!) I knew I would have to read it quite fast, but knew it wouldn't be a problem. I love her books so could get it read in a couple of days.
Lucy's life has gone downhill, s
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
"The Time Of My Life" wasn't an easy read. By that I don't mean I was intellectually challenged, but that I was challenged not to put it down and having to deal with her complaining about her life while still insisting that her life was great.
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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland, chick-lit
I have enjoyed just about all of Ahern’s novels - they are light, fast and fun reads. And her more recent novels uniquely blend a sort of magical realism with the romantic comedy. They are all a lot of fun to read and I am genuinely surprised that more of them aren’t movies! Her premise here is particularly original. Life has a corporeal form and Lucy’s Life needs fixing. Lucy’s narration has a lot of humour and heart and it feels like a very personal sort of story that really works and stands o ...more
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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

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