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The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern

Article by Vanessa O'Loughlin ©.
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Cecelia Ahern has delighted her fans with the timely release of her latest title, The Time Of My Life just in time for Christmas. But readers who’ve enjoyed P.S. I Love YouA Place Called Here and The Gift should prepare themselves for something very different. Ahern has left light hearted fantasy behind in favour of a more sinister tone as she explores the idea that many of us treating our life appallingly.

Main character, Lucy Silchester, is stuck in a rut and on the verge of turning thirty. Still pining for her ex-boyfriend and in a job she finds torturous, she hides the truth on a continuous basis – particularly from herself – as she goes around pretending everything is fine and distorting the truth to save face.

As per usual with Cecilia Ahern, her story takes an unusual twist. And The Time Of My Life is no different as Lucy’s ‘life’ (if you can believe this) becomes a character in the book. Life calls Lucy to a meeting in an effort to force her to confront the way she has been ignoring and neglecting her life and lying about the way she’s handling things on a daily basis.

After a few attempts at ignoring the instruction to meet with ‘Life’, Lucy eventually turns up at the appointed location and time. She is instantly disgusted to meet a very dishevelled person – unkempt and unshaven with a forehead of disastrous flaky-skin. The space he’s renting is far from chic and part of a dilapidated shabby old building.

Coming face to face with her shortcomings, Lucy is reluctant to take action until ‘Life’ throws obstacles in her way that force her to face up to facts. But what she notices as she deals with some of her problems is that ‘Life’ is also starting to look a little more impressive – clean-shaven, better groomed and smelling better too.

Tackling issues of a personal and romantic nature, her relationship with her sibling and parents and her habit of sticking her head in the sand instead of dealing with problems as they arise are part of the lessons Life is teaching Lucy.

As with many of her other stories, the underlying premise of the novel has to be accepted rather than rationalised. It may be far from reality but at the same time will force readers to give thought to their own attitude towards life and question whether they’re denying themselves the chance of living it in a more worthwhile fashion, with just a little more effort.

Already at Number One, Ahern will undoubtedly dance around the bestseller lists for weeks to come. Well done to her – she takes a unique look at ‘life’ and isn’t afraid to run with it!