Title: P.S. I Love You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Year of Publication: 2004
First Line: "Holly held the blue cotton sweater to her face and the familiar smell immediately struck her, an overwhelming grief knotting her stomach and pulling at her heart."
Summary: Holly and Gerry are the kind of perfectly happy married couple that others envy. Then, at the age of thirty, Gerry is diagnosed with a terrible illness. Months after Gerry's death, Holly receives a package of letters that he's left for her, instructing her to perform a series of unexpected tasks. with the help of the letters -- and her fun, quick-witted girlfriends and a raucously endearing family that smothers, loves, and drives her crazy -- Holly wobbles, weaves, and jokes her way toward a new life, even larger than the one that she's been forced to leave behind.
Source: Back of book
Review: Not quite as romantic as I expected. The characters were fairly colorful, but I felt that they weren't really real. I think the story might have been better if it had been told in first person rather than third, as it was. The concept was interesting, and I understand Ahern wrote the story to deal with the possibility of grief and losing a loved one, but I'm not sure it would help those who are looking to deal with grief.
Worst part: The end was disappointing.
Best part: I like that she did not characterize Gerry a whole lot and let the reader fill in a lot of the blanks for him.
Other Books by This Author: Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; and There's No Place Like Home
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