It was hard to decide on reading a book after A Thousand Splendid Suns. Given how much an intense read it was, I made up my mind on something that looked light and entertaining.
This book is about Elizabeth Egan whose “life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It’s how she counteracts the chaos of her family — an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother’s footsteps, leaving her own six-yearold son, Luke, in Elizabeth’s care. When Ivan, Luke’s mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesn’t know quite what to make of him.”… And so Elizabeth falls in love with her nephew’s invisible friend who pulls her out from her rigidity and makes her do crazy stuff.
It’s true that the touch of magic in Cecelia Ahern’s books can be charming, but even magic has to be a bit credible. I found that Elizabeth’s character was lacking consistency, she is pictured as a highly smart and effective person and yet fails to see the obvious. It’s true that sometimes we fail to see the truth when blinded by love but in Elizabeth’s case it was a pitiful stupidity.
“If You Could See Me Now” is my 3rd Cecelia Ahern book, after “The Gift” and “Thanks for the Memories” (got the collection from a friend), and I think it would be the last one. Authors who write at the rate of 1 book a year, are inavitably falling into repetition. Don’t you think so? I checked the highly positive reviews of this book and they are mostly by people whom this is the first Cecelia Ahern read.
This book was indeed the light read I was looking for but was too much predictable and got a bit boring!
It has been confirmed that a film adaptation of this book is going to be released, starring Hugh Jackman.