How did I get it?:
I bought it!
She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life.
Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him she can show him that life is worth living before then.
Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she’s made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely late-night outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life.
But has she done enough to change his mind for good? And is that all that’s starting to happen?
I don’t think I’ve ever held back about my love of Cecelia Ahern’s books. She’s one of my favourite writers, because her stories are always so magical and just so easy to read. I was a little disappointed by Cecelia’s last book One Hundred Names, but because I’ve loved so many of her books previously, I had already pre-ordered this book. I enjoyed How To Fall In Love, but I found it to be missing some of Cecelia’s magic and sparkle.
It’s quite a dark subject, beginning with a mystery, when our protagonist Christine is found next to a man who has just attempted suicide. Not long after, Christine finds herself in a similar situation. She’s on a bridge next to a man who is about to jump. Christine strikes a deal with this man, telling him to give her two weeks. Two weeks to help him fall back in love with life.
The book is sweet. It’s well written with some slices of humour which is much appreciated as it is a dark subject. As I mentioned, I was missing some of that magic that’s usually present in Cecelia’s books. Although it is a dark subject, it doesn’t always feel like a bleak read, despite it dealing with issues like depression and suicide. It doesn’t make light of the situation, but it explores reaching out and helping those in despair.
I loved this:
“Life is a series of moments and moments are always changing, just like thoughts, negative and positive. And though it may be human nature to dwell, like many natural things it’s senseless, senseless to allow a single thought to inhabit a mind because thoughts are like guests or fairweather friends. As soon as they arrive, they can leave, and even the ones that take a long time to emerge fully can disappear in an instant. Moments are precious; sometimes they linger and other times they’re fleeting, and yet so much could be done in them; you could change a mind, you could save a life and you could even fall in love.”
Would I recommend it?:
The F-It List- Julie Halpern