52 Reads Week 8- The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern

For 2014 I set myself a goal, read one new to me book every week for the whole year. | ScatteredSquirrel.com

Happy Friday!  I hope you all are having a fantastic day!  I cannot wait for 2:30 to roll around, the boys start their Spring Vacation this week, and I think I’m more excited for it than they are.  I’m doubly excited for this weekend to hit, because I got some new books from the library that I have been dying to read.

This weeks book was so much fun to read.  If you’re looking for something that is light hearted, and yet still makes you think; still make you go “hmmm….” then this is a book you should check out.

52 Reads in 52 Weeks, Week #8 Review of The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern | ScatteredSquirrel.com

 

Characters:

Oh my, I don’t know where to begin.  The characters in this books were fantastic.  Cecelia Ahern has a wonderful ability to make characters come to life.  The main character Lucy is in a rut, but she doesn’t really acknowledge it.  Then her life decides to step in and make some changes.  Oh yes, you read that right, the second main character in this book is Lucy life who demands she meet with him (yes you read that right too) so that they can work together to get her back on track.

Both Lucy and Life grow and change through out this story.  Sometimes the turning points for Lucy are painful, and as a reader there were times when I would cringe in empathy.  Lucy slow acceptance of change really resonated with me.  And I could help but pause every now then and ponder what my life would have to say if I met it.

Life is almost a bully.  He sort of has to be.  Lucy’s approach to living is slowly killing him, though the author never comes out and says it, that’s what I read between the lines.  His evolution as Lucy takes those slow, painful steps to self realization and actualization is a beautiful thing to watch unfold.  It give a tangible correlation to the little changes that we make that never show in the physical but usually change us in fundamental ways on the inside.

Every character, from Lucy’s family to her friends, to her co-workers are all wonderfully developed.

Plot:

The basic gist of the plot is that Lucy has been merely going through the paces of her life.  You don’t fully understand the why until later in the story, but there is a why.  Her life is getting tired of being misused and mistreated and requests a meeting.  Though she fights it at first, eventually Lucy, with her Life’s help, starts to make changes.  Some are bigger than others, most are painful, and all of them are leading her towards the life she’s meant to live.  The author’s synposis says it so much better than I could.  You can check that out on her site right here.

Final Thoughts:

The concept of having your Life be a real live person who can intervene when you go too far astray is thought provoking.  Though this story was one of those easy to read, make you laugh, make you cry kind of stories; lighthearted and fun even in the midst of the serious topic; it was, none-the-less, thought provoking.  Not in the make your head hurt kind of way, just in the ‘I wonder if..’ kind.  It truly is a story that I believe needs to be read to fully understand.  And if you have read it, or are going to read it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

 

Next week….. I’m so excited about this, I’ve been waiting for this book for what feels like forever…..

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And now, I’m off to tackle some organizing and cleaning projects before the weekend hits.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you all again on Monday!

What have you been reading lately?  Any books or authors you would like to recommend?

Happy Reading!

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