Author         
Story             
Writing        
Cover            
Mystery        ★



PROS
good imageries
believable characters
good moral of the story



CONS
slow beginnings
a lot of dead passages



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Language: English
Genre: Fiction, 
             Christmas tale
ISBN-10: 0061955043
ISBN-13: 978-0061955044
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Harper



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I've been on a mission to read all - yes that's right - all of Cecelia Ahern's books. The desire came after watching for the gazillion time PS: I Love You and reading Love,Rosie (which has been recently adapted on the big screen). Because I didn't really know where to start, I picked The Gift as her next book to read, which falls into the contemporary literature/ Christmas tale genre.

Lou Suffern is a busy man, who wishes he could be in two places at the same time. His struggle to efficiently manage his time and know what to prioritize, stirs up problems with his wife and family. When Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside of his office, and invites him into his office and his life, his life takes a new turn...

Cecelia Ahern does a good job at making the characters environments feel right. At no point in the story did I feel as if I couldn't really visualize the scene. She has learned the art of nicely aligning words which attest her talents as a good writer. Her characters come to life as one would expect and the story, which aims to be a Christmas tale, accomplished its mission. We encounter the struggle of Lou and as a gift, he is offered redemption for his non commendable actions. 

However, what bothered me the most was the fact that despite the many times the main character comes to realize that he needs to change if he wants to keep his wife and family and regain their trust, he doesn't hesitate to fall back over and over into his old patterns. Of course Gabe, which reminded me of Angel Gabriel, never ceased to insist on opening Lou's eyes. At some points the book seems very cheesy and dragged for pages and pages. I even came to wonder if there would be an interesting twist to the plot, since we do get wind of the storyline from the beginning of the book. When I finished it, I felt relief; not because it had ended well, as we hope all Christmas tales would end, but because I had finished it's reading.

If we compare The Gift to other Christmas tales, I think it did a good job at highlighting the point. There was a behavior that needed to be fixed, a lesson for the characters and readers to be learned, and a sense of accomplishment to be experienced. All of which had been covered in this book. For these reasons, I would say The Gift is a nice Christmas tale. Now, as far as Cecelia Ahern's other books go, I thought The Gift competed poorly with her other books in terms of plot novelty and  character development.








Author         
Story             
Writing        
Cover            
Mystery        ★



PROS
good imageries
believable characters
good moral of the story



CONS
slow beginnings
a lot of dead passages



BUY THE BOOK


MORE INFO
Language: English
Genre: Fiction, 
             Christmas tale
ISBN-10: 0061955043
ISBN-13: 978-0061955044
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Harper



DISCLAIMER
All opinions generated in this review are purely my own. No compensation was received for this review.
BUY THE BOOK
Amazon
Waterstones
WH Smith
Kindle
Google Play
eBooks by Sainsburys
Kobo
iTunes - See more at: http://uk.cecelia-ahern.com/thanks-for-the-memories/#sthash.z1bkgMtm.dpuf
BUY THE BOOK
Amazon
Waterstones
WH Smith
Kindle
Google Play
eBooks by Sainsburys
Kobo
iTunes - See more at: http://uk.cecelia-ahern.com/thanks-for-the-memories/#sthash.z1bkgMtm.dpuf
I've been on a mission to read all - yes that's right - all of Cecelia Ahern's books. The desire came after watching for the gazillion time PS: I Love You and reading Love,Rosie (which has been recently adapted on the big screen). Because I didn't really know where to start, I picked The Gift as her next book to read, which falls into the contemporary literature/ Christmas tale genre.

Lou Suffern is a busy man, who wishes he could be in two places at the same time. His struggle to efficiently manage his time and know what to prioritize, stirs up problems with his wife and family. When Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man who sits outside of his office, and invites him into his office and his life, his life takes a new turn...

Cecelia Ahern does a good job at making the characters environments feel right. At no point in the story did I feel as if I couldn't really visualize the scene. She has learned the art of nicely aligning words which attest her talents as a good writer. Her characters come to life as one would expect and the story, which aims to be a Christmas tale, accomplished its mission. We encounter the struggle of Lou and as a gift, he is offered redemption for his non commendable actions. 

However, what bothered me the most was the fact that despite the many times the main character comes to realize that he needs to change if he wants to keep his wife and family and regain their trust, he doesn't hesitate to fall back over and over into his old patterns. Of course Gabe, which reminded me of Angel Gabriel, never ceased to insist on opening Lou's eyes. At some points the book seems very cheesy and dragged for pages and pages. I even came to wonder if there would be an interesting twist to the plot, since we do get wind of the storyline from the beginning of the book. When I finished it, I felt relief; not because it had ended well, as we hope all Christmas tales would end, but because I had finished it's reading.

If we compare The Gift to other Christmas tales, I think it did a good job at highlighting the point. There was a behavior that needed to be fixed, a lesson for the characters and readers to be learned, and a sense of accomplishment to be experienced. All of which had been covered in this book. For these reasons, I would say The Gift is a nice Christmas tale. Now, as far as Cecelia Ahern's other books go, I thought The Gift competed poorly with her other books in terms of plot novelty and  character development.




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