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The Time Of My Life

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  16,677 ratings  ·  1,472 reviews
Lucy Silchester keeps receiving this strange appointment card and sweeping its gold embossed envelope under the rug. Literally. She busies herself with a job she doesn't like, helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, and devoting her time to her family’s dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment she can’t miss, when Life shows up at he ...more
Kindle Edition, 515 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Maria Sol
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encanto!! Así de simple y sencillo!
Creo que con los libros de esta autora no hay grises o los amas o los odias, porque son libros muy particulares, de esos que tratan temas super profundos de una manera tan particular y hasta mágica ,diría yo, que no hay otra o te encantan o los detestas, yo los amoooooo!!!
Adoro el estilo de esta autora para contar las historia y principalmente me enamoran sus personajes, son todos muy especiales. En este caso Lucy, su vida, Don, incluso los que no tienen ta
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como amo a esta mujer. Como amé la historia. Tengo tantas emociones en mi... sólo diré que es maravilloso partir el año con una historia así de inspiradora <3

Reseña cuerda... o casi:
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}
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
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Učitaj se!
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Fan sam Cecelije Ahern, njenih bajkovitih i pomalo fantastičnih priča, od kojih, pišući svojim jedinstvenim stilom, svaku uspije učiniti prepoznatljivom, ali opet drugačijom od svih ostalih njenih priča.

Ova se knjiga, pak, poprilično razlikuje i od svih ostalih njenih knjiga, ali čak je drugačija i stilom pisanja i izborom likova. Iskreno, da nisam znala da čitam knjigu Cecelije Ahern, da mi je netko dao ovu knjigu na čitanje bez da je spomenuo autora, pomislila bih da ju je napisala Sophie Kins
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

This mini review can be found also on my blog, by clicking HERE.

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, in order

Susan Buchanan
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a truly delightful and heartfelt read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_soul
В начале - неспешное повествование из жизни одинокой девушки среднего возраста :) проживающей с котом, и непрестанно размышляющей о всяких житейских мелочах и о никчёмности собственной жизни в целом. О да, разумеется, есть причины этому нытью: бросивший её бойфренд, нелюбимая работа, загоняющая её в рамки собственных ожиданий семья, постоянная мелкая ложь самой себе и окружающим. Разумеется, все при этом желают ей "добра", а она сохнет от беспросветной обыденности...

В качестве ремарки замечу, ч
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriga cărții ”Întâlnire cu viața” pornește de la o idee deosebit de interesantă și originală. Cum ar fi oare dacă ți-ai putea vedea propria viață întruchipată într-o persoană reală? Ai putea observa atunci - la propriu!, în timp real, ce efecte au deciziile pe care le iei asupra vieții tale și, astfel, ai putea interveni la timp pentru a putea îmbunătăți imaginea acesteia.   

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Stephanie Tracy
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 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Σχετικά μικρό, ανάλαφρο, ευχάριστο και εύκολοδιάβαστο. Αν και στην αρχή δεν μου τράβηξε καθόλου την προσοχή και το παράτησα για καμία εβδομάδα, όμως αποφάσισα να του δώσω μια δεύτερη ευκαιρία. Για το είδος του τα 4/5 αστεράκια είναι υπέρ αρκετά. Τελικά για καλοκαιρινά αναγνώσματα η Cecelia Ahern δεν με έχει απογοητεύσει ποτέ!
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 - ar
Rob Slaven
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love most about Cecelia Ahern's books is the sheer bravery she employs by going completely outside the box with her story telling. She's written books about imaginary friends that are real, books that tell what will happen tomorrow, and where all the lost things and people go without ever copping out, being overly self conscious about it or being bound by reality. This book personifies LIFE. Main heroine, Lucy is stuck in a rut. The usual things that vex us all....bad relationship she can ...more
Das Leben will mich treffen. Das Leben hat die Gestalt eines Mannes ?! Mein Leben? ein Mann? mmhhh nein das kann ich mir nicht vorstellen :) Das Buch von Cecilia Ahern möchte eigentlich aufzeigen um was es geht im Leben, was ist wirklich wichtig und was sind reine Illusionen und was sind einfach nur reine Bagatellen ... und dies verpackt sie in eine Story um Lucy Silchester, welche ihre grosse Liebe verloren hat und auch neu noch arbeitslos ist.
Die Idee finde ich gut, der Schreibstil einfach und
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.
“Truth is, something that I thought was perfect was taken away from me, and I never wanted perfect again. I wanted middle of the road, stuff I didn’t care about so that I couldn’t lose anything I really loved ever again.” 130 likes
“Life has a way of getting what it wants when it really knows what it wants.” 51 likes
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