Hi everyone 🙂
How are you’ll doing? My week has been going great so far! My last week at IBM 🙂 On the blog end, last weekend was a blast with some great events we attended. 😀 I’m sure you must’ve already seen it on our social media channels! Also, I am really amazed by the response our book reviews are receiving! ♥ We have so many readers coming forward and volunteering to write for us. One such avid reader is Padmaja Pathak who has been reading our blog ever since we started. She volunteered to write book reviews for us so here she is jotting her first review. From how much I know about her in this virtual world, she is an individual so full of energy and life. And after reading her first review on TJD, a wonderful writer too 🙂
Read here first review on If You Could See Me Now By Cecelia Ahern 🙂
I am going to review the book “If you could see me now” by Cecelia Ahern. Cecelia Ahern genre and style of writing is unimaginable. She takes the most fanciest of themes and knits a wonderful story and there is never a dull moment while reading her novels. Her debut book “P.S I love you” shot her to fame and the book was made in a leading motion picture starring Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler.
Ok. Moving on to this book, If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern revolves around the lives of Elizabeth, her nephew Luke and Ivan, Luke’s imaginary friend. The story is set in the fictional town of Baile na gCroithe translated to “THE TOWN OF HEARTS” in Ireland.
Elizabeth Egan is an interior designer and has no time for any social life. She has created a wall around herself and hardly lets anyone in. Her younger sister Saoirse (seer-sha, in Irish) is a drug addict and a carefree person who has no control over herself. She is mostly in and around the house and Elizabeth has a hard time managing her. She is a reluctant mother to her sister’s son, Luke and she is very tired of raising kids, because, she has raised herself, her sister and now her sister’s son. She has firmly decided that she’ll not be having any kids of her own. Elizabeth’s mother was the same, a hippy who had no control over her life. Elizabeth’s childhood is described as very lonely as her father had given up on her because she resembles her mother a lot and her mother had run away from their house, never to return. Elizabeth had spent her childhood days waiting for her mom, but she never came. With the birth of her younger sister, her mother left them to live on their own. So here she is an extremely organized person and mother to Luke. The novel’s starts with Saoirse taking Elizabeth’s car keys and crashing out of the road until Elizabeth calls the police and Saoirse arrested.
Luke is a lonely little child whose mom crashes in and out of his life. He is in desperate need for some magic. Enter Ivan. Ivan is wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure. Ivan and Luke hit it off instantly and Luke talks with him most of the time. When in a particular incident in the novel he asks Elizabeth to make a pizza with olives on it because Ivan loves Olives. Elizabeth is afraid that Luke has started imagining friends now, as it happens with lonely children. Meanwhile Ivan begins to observe Elizabeth. Ivan opens a lot of closed doors in Elizabeth’s life. Elizabeth begins to laugh and by crying a lot she sheds all the burden on her heart. She starts to look at life from a different perspective and also understands that life has many colors. She starts to understand people. She starts loving Luke more and one day Ivan finds out that he has fallen in love with Elizabeth. He finds it very difficult to move out of their lives. Elizabeth, all this while used to think that Ivan is Luke’s friend, Sam’s father. In the end she gets to know that Ivan was a completely different person, a person who has changed her in ways unimaginable. Elizabeth, with her newly open eyes and heart sees what she has been missing all along. As for Ivan, he thought he was there to help Luke, not Elizabeth, but himself. Ivan describes Elizabeth as “she was better than pizza, better than olives, better than Fridays and better than spinning”
The end of the book made me cry. But don’t read it if you don’t like sensitive stories. Cecelia Ahern tugs many strings in our heart with this book.
On TJD score card,
|A+||Excellent, MUST buy!|
|A||Very good, worth a try|
|C+||Go on, take a risk|
|F||EPIC fail! Stay away!|
If You Could See Me Now By Cecelia Ahern scores Grade A 🙂
– Padmaja Pathak
—Thank you for sharing this review with us Padmaja ♥ Looking forward to more reviews! We absolutely loved reading it and I will definitely gives this a read 🙂
Until next time,