Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Book review-The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern

Hello beautiful people, so today I have decided to do something a bit different and write a book review. In the past I have mentioned my love for books (here) but for some reason I have never wrote a review of one, but who knows, if this one gets a good response it maybe the first of many. The book I'm going to review for you is called "The Year I Met You" and it was written by Cecelia Ahern (also wrote the bestseller P.S. I Love You).

Blurb (the bit on the back)

Jasmine loves two things: her sister and her works. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is.
Matt loves two things: his family- and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom.
One new years eve, two people's paths collide. Both have time on their hands; both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom.


All Cecilia Ahern' s novel have one thing in common, they all have a sad or depressing beginning. The Year I Met You, is no different with the beginning set at the funeral of Jasmine' s grandfather, when she was just 5 years old. This was a time that changed her life. "Why do I bring up this episode in my life? Well, it's where I began. Where me, as I know me, as everybody else knows me, was formed. My life began at five years old." This was the day that she learnt she was going to die. It taught her to live every moment in the here and now, if you need to do something, then do it.
This is where the story begins. Jasmine is a successful business women who love's to work, but when she is fired and forced to take 1 year gardening leave(still on the payroll and unable to work for another company) her life starts to fall apart. She is not the type of person to relax, to take a break. After the first few weeks of catching up with old friends Jasmine soon ran out of things to fill her day.

It also didn't help that she was being kept up at night by her neighbour Matt who lived directly opposite Jasmine. Matt is a successful radio presenter who comes home each night drunk, music blasting in his car and shouting at his wife to let him in the house. After a drunken New year's eve show he is also given temporary leave from work, his wife and children move out of the family home and a few chapters later Jasmine ends up with his spare door key. Suddenly she is forced to talk to the man she has hated since she was in university and listened to a show he presented about down syndrome, a topic she is sensitive about as her older sister has it and Jasmine loves her more than anything.

When I was reading this book I fell in love with the character. When I put the book down I found myself wondering what happens next and couldn't resist reading the next chapter. I found the conversation between the two in their nightly discussion to be believable and really enjoyed watching (is that the right word when your reading?)the growth of the characters, how they started to enjoy the simple things in life like gardening. I also loved how involve I felt when other characters from Jasmine' s family started to be introduced like her sister.

Out of all Cecilia Ahern' s books I can't say that this is my favourite because that would be a lie, but it is up there. I loved reading this book and was honestly upsets when I finished it. I highly recommend that if you want a book to read then you should try this one. It's so interesting and thought provoking. It a "will this happen?" "Don't do that!" "What will they do?" type of book where you are constantly guessing about what will be in the next chapter.

I give this book 4 out of 5 and it only dropped a star because it didn't beat my favourite Cecilia Ahern book, but I loved it and you will too.

So have you read this book or are there any other books you would recommend for me to read? Let me know in the comments.

Much love Toni xoxo

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