Monday, December 30, 2013
Review: "The Time of My Life" by Cecelia Ahern
The Time of My Life is thought-provoking and it has an important message, yet it remains fun and it never becomes annoying or preachy. I'll admit that it took me a few chapters to get into the story but I believe that was because Lucy Silchester is unapproachable in the beginning. She is a Silchester and Silchester's are known for being stoic and emotionally unavailable. Silchester's never cry. As a result it was hard to get to know Lucy at first, but that was deliberate and as Life works with her, her tough outer layers are peeled away and she becomes far more human and far more likable.
The supporting characters in The Time of My Life brought this book to a whole new level. Life (or Cosmo Brown as he is otherwise known) is an altogether likable character and love interest Don is both hilarious and sweet. Lucy's neighbor with the invisible baby as well as her crazy friends make this story complete. It is these characters that bring humour into the pages and they lend us some surprising insights. Bonus points go to Lucy's mother. We don't truly get to know her until the end, but once we do it's impossible not to love her!
The Time of My Life is well worth the read. I really loved the underlying message but it was so subtle that it didn't dominate the book. There were some laugh-out-loud moments as well as some really sad ones, but they all came together to form a book that I would encourage people to take the time to read. My thanks to the publishers for providing me with a copy for review.