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P.S. I Love You

(P.S. I Love You #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  359,498 ratings  ·  8,990 reviews

A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again.

Now in paperback, the endearing novel that captured readers' hearts and introduced a fresh new voice in women's fiction Cecelia Ahern.

Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a t

Paperback, 501 pages
Published January 5th 2005 by Hachette Books (first published February 3rd 2004)
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Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
I made the mistake of seeing the movie before reading the book, thinking that the book is always better than the movie. And the movie changed so much of the book that it made it difficult to settle into the book as an independent, standalone work. I have mixed feelings about both the book and the movie (which is irrelevant, except that it influenced my experience of the book). I'm impressed that Cecilia Ahern was able to imagine the scenario, flush it out, and write an okay novel about it at onl ...more
Apr 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
I seem to be one of very few who didn't like this book. First of all I must point out that I love girlie books and cry at anything even the slightest bit sad. With that said, I didn't enjoy it at all and couldn't wait for it to end. I WANTED to like it. I hoped something would happen to make me change my opinion but it didn't.

The whole book felt like a rambling and dull conversation with a repetitive yet inconsistent story-line. I would normally have full sympathy for Holly's situation but hone
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PS, I Love You is a beautiful story that deals with love and bereavement. Holly has recently lost the love of her life, Gerry, to a brain tumor. Now widowed at a young age, she struggles to get her life back together. Holly’s mother explains that before Gerry died, he wrote a series of notes to help encourage her to get back to living life without him. Over the course of the year she opens these messages.

PS, I promised a list, so here it is. The following envelopes must be opened exactly when la
Ahmad Sharabiani
P.S. I Love You (P.S. I Love You #1), Cecelia Ahern

P.S. I Love You is Irish writer Cecelia Ahern's debut novel, published in 2004.

Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live in Dublin.

They are deeply in love, but they fight occasionally.

By winter that year, Gerry suddenly dies of a brain tumor, and Holly realizes how much he means to her as well as how insignificant their arguments were.

Deeply distraught, Holly withdraws from her family and friends out of grief, until her mother calls her
Sheyla ✎
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
What a terrible thing to lose your soulmate!

Holly has found love with her best friend. A person she can share everything with. A person she can laugh with. A person that understands her and makes her happy. Gerry was this for Holly.

A decade after their marriage, Gerry develops a headache. He goes to the doctor and the news is devastating. He has brain cancer and his prognostic is terminal.

At the beginning of P.S. I Love You, Gerry is already dead. It has been two months since he passed away. Ho
Tea Jovanović
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read it still in manuscript and fell in love... I knew it would be bestseller... One of my favorites among the books and authors I discovered as editor and bought rights for Serbia
Nov 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2007
So badly written that it detracted from the touching and interesting premise.

I read this solely because I saw that a film was being made of it with Gerard Butler (of 300 fame) and wanted to have read the film prior to seeing the film which I am bound to do because it has Gerard Butler (of 300 fame) in it. The book is written by the daughter of the Irish Prime Minister which is the most interesting thing I can think to say about it. I like myself some chick-lit-lite but this is ridiculous. The w
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Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I was really expecting a lot more from this book, being that it has been made into a movie but I was fairly disappointed. I understand that Ahern is a young writer but she really does have a LOT of work to do with her writing skills. And maybe she could pick up a thesaurus to find a substitute word for "sarcastically" as she uses it to death in this book - there's no need to state the obvious in my opinion.

I suppose that I'm drawn to strong, proactive, and independent main characters and I spen
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick-Lit Readers
Recommended to Annie by: Sheree McLeod
After being obsessed with the movie for months, I decided to take the plunge and read the book. Finally. And I can tell you that the book was equally as satisfying but completely different to the Gerard Butler perv-fest that I so dearly love.

There were so many changes made to translate this book to film. I won't go into them all here now because I wouldn't want to ruin it but let's just say they were significant. From love interests to careers, everything was different. And for that reason, I th
I watched the movie somewhere around 2008/2009 and have finally got around to reading the book almost 10 years later. Although the basic plot remains the same, the situations/ events described are quite different in both versions but I can say I enjoyed reading the book as much as I enjoyed the movie (maybe the movie a bit more because of Gérard Butler ❤️❤️). A solid 3.5* rating!
Sep 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
I tried reading this once before, a few years ago now. I put it down about a quarter of the way in because, frankly, I was bored. I saw the movie several months ago and actually found it a lovely mix of sweet and sad. I thought maybe I'd missed something in the book and not only that, but I've become well acquainted with this kind of loss in the time that has passed. Thinking that my new perspective might change my mind, I decided that at some point I'd give it another go.

Well this week I gave
Dec 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I loved this book. Beautiful story and very well written.

It made me cry a few times and also appreciate things in my life....especially my loving and thoughtful husband. He works away from home and at times I am so lonely without him. So I could feel Holly's pain and lonliness. This year is our first Christmas apart and I've been rather blue lately. A few chapters in the book were hard to read and I had to put it down for a while and watch TV instead.

Thankfully though I know he is coming home
Erin Dunn
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The movie is one of my favorite movies and even though the book is a little bit different I loved it too!
Lana Reads
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
3 stars? Maybe less...

Now I'm gonna rant. So if you really loved this book and don't want to hear anything about it, just skip this one. Also, there will be some SPOILERS, so...

I guess my OCD made me finish the book, because I wouldn't have bothered otherwise.

It started good, even if a bit rambly. But the idea was so heartbreaking and sweet at the same time, of course I wanted to know what happened next. As I watched the movie so many years ago, I could only remember liking it, not much more. So
Astrid Adityawarman
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who lost their loving men
Cecelia Ahern's debut novel, PS, I Love You, follows the engaging, witty, and occasionally sappy reawakening of Holly, a young Irish widow who must put her life back together after she loses her husband Gerry to a brain tumor. Ahern, the twentysomething daughter of Ireland's prime minister, has discovered a clever and original twist to the Moving On After Death concept made famous by novelists and screenwriters alike--Gerry has left Holly a series of letters designed to help her face the year ah ...more
The world and its mother loved this book. I didn't. I couldn't. I don't think there was anything wrong with the book per se, except that it was too long, but somehow, nothing about the book stuck with me. Oh, and by too long I mean it was too long for the story, not as a book in general.

Everything was too forced, too predictable; I mean, the blurb screams "I'm different", yet the story remains the same. Then again, this is probably just another case of "it's not you, it's me." I'm sure everyone
Again I liked the movie more than the book. I feel like a mean person saying it for a newly widowed woman, but Holly is an insufferable little shit and I hate her.
Susan Z
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you are tearing up by page 30 you know you are faced with probably the biggest tearjerker of your life. But it was so much more than that. Yes, I did choke up numerous times, it is a tragic love story but it's not just that. It's a lovely story about love and loss, family, friendship and new beginnings.

Holly and Gerry are soul mates, high school sweethearts, the world's best couple. That all comes to a tragic end when Gerry dies while they are in their late 20s. What follows is the aftermat
Prabhjot Kaur
Gerry and Holly are soulmates and they can't imagine life without the other until Gerry dies. Holly doesn't know what to do with her life and even where to start picking up the pieces. But then things change as there are letters left by Gerry for Holly and she starts following those instructions and with the help of her family and friends she starts picking up her life piece by piece.

The story was really good and I liked all the letters and all the instructions that were left by Gerry but I foun
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm not a big fan of PS I love you. Gerry is romantic and makes some wonderful gestures that make his wife realize she's not alone in dealing with life after Jerry. But thanks to these sweeping romantic gestures, they're out of money (nothing left even to pay utility bills) and Holly has to beg her Mom for money.
PS: Take a splurgy vacation with your friends, then come back and make the most of the remaining $10 in our joint account!
PPS I love you!
Tylah Marie
This was a little tedious to read. It took me a lot longer than I initially planned. I feel like the story stayed at the same kind of level throughout the whole entire book and nothing was really grabbing my attention for long enough to want to sit down and read a lot at one time.
Sep 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
P.S. I Love You is an unusual choice for me since it starts off with the protagonist dealing with the death of her husband. Those who have seen my book collection would note that I go for high drama and sweeping romances, stuff for romantics who are in love with love. I always get the ones that start with the heroine being taken by the hero not realizing that they have been falling in love in the process. I couldn't say what drew me to the book but I picked it up and brought it with me to the ca ...more
Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
Gerry died from brain cancer while Holly was left with his memories. Gerry promised to write her 'a list' which eventually helped her cope with his death. He left the envelopes with Holly's mother which she collected after two month. The list had a task for each month for the rest of the year.

She left her job because of Gerry's deteriorating health and was now stuck in a life without any routine. Most of her time was spent in daydreaming about Gerry and their life together.

She also participate
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
This was MUCH different than the movie, but I really liked it, I think even more than the movie. It's a honest, raw look at the long road of healing and finding yourself again after losing a part of your heart. ...more
It's taken me a long time to sit down and read this story, mainly because I hadn't found the right time frame or frame of mind to do so. Now, I am so pleased that finally, I can mark PS I Love You as read. A woman called Holly loses her husband Gerry due to a terminal tumour, she is shocked to learn that before he passed away, he sat down and wrote a collection of letters. These letters come with instructions to do things out of your comfort zone (one month involved Holly having to do karaoke) a ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I had such high expectations for this book. What I wanted was a poignant and heart-breaking portrayal of a widow's emotional state, and all I got was a lot of small talks and boring everyday family time. Like, A LOT. Yes, Garry’s notes were touching, but way too short to be a significant part of the novel.

It starts off with the protagonist dealing with the death of her husband. Holly keeps to herself a few months after Gerry had lost a battle with a brain tumor. They’ve been together since high
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had bought P.S. I Love You with a collection of other chick lit novels on Ebay before the movie had come out yet. So I figured I would just read the book first for once and see what I thought of the movie after. Now that I've done that, I have to say I really enjoyed the book so much more. The two were vastly different and many things were left out of the movie, but I guess with 512 pages, there's a lot of story you have to cut. I just didn't expect them to change SO MUCH of it. Like Holly's s ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Horrible book, bored me to tears. Whine, whine, woe is me, whine. The protagonist is incredibly lazy, whiny and empty headed. At one place in the book, she exclaims "but my vocabulary is about fifty words" - she nailed it. She has no interests, no hobbies, no job. She lived for her husband, and when he died, she lost everything, even his friends. So, she now mopes alone, thinking about that husband all the time. She "recollects" him, but really can't even describe what's she recollecting, so it ...more
Amanda Bannister
First read so many years ago I can’t remember. A 3.5⭐️ read for me. It was enjoyable, but some parts I wasn’t so keen on. Gerry had the same as my father, which may have influenced my rating, and the extra half a star is definitely for the last chapter and epilogue. I have the sequel in ebook form ready at the library, so I will read that soon 😊
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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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