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Du hast eine Verabredung – mit deinem Leben Eigentlich wundert sich Lucy Silchester über gar nichts mehr: dass ihre große Liebe sie verlassen hat, dass sie aus ihrem Job geflogen ist oder dass sie eine Einladung zu einem Treffen bekommt – von ihrem eigenen Leben! Aber als sie tatsächlich zu dem Termin geht und es direkt vor ihr steht, ist Lucy dann doch überrascht: So hat Du hast eine Verabredung – mit deinem Leben Eigentlich wundert sich Lucy Silchester über gar nichts mehr: dass ihre große Liebe sie verlassen hat, dass sie aus ihrem Job geflogen ist oder dass sie eine Einladung zu einem Treffen bekommt – von ihrem eigenen Leben! Aber als sie tatsächlich zu dem Termin geht und es direkt vor ihr steht, ist Lucy dann doch überrascht: So hat sie sich ihr Leben wirklich nicht vorgestellt! Mit bezaubernder Fantasie und ihrem unnachahmlichen Humor erzählt Cecelia Ahern in ihrem neuen Roman von der wichtigsten Begegnung, die es für uns geben kann: die mit dem eigenen Leben. Luise Helm, preisgekrönte Schauspielerin und Synchronsprecherin, spielte u.a. in "Polizeiruf" und "Tatort" mit und ist bekannt als die deutsche Stimme von Scarlett Johansson. Lucys Geschichte verleiht Luise Helm in ihrer Lesung genau die richtige Portion an Gefühl, Humor und Temperament, die Cecelia Aherns Roman auszeichnet.


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Du hast eine Verabredung – mit deinem Leben Eigentlich wundert sich Lucy Silchester über gar nichts mehr: dass ihre große Liebe sie verlassen hat, dass sie aus ihrem Job geflogen ist oder dass sie eine Einladung zu einem Treffen bekommt – von ihrem eigenen Leben! Aber als sie tatsächlich zu dem Termin geht und es direkt vor ihr steht, ist Lucy dann doch überrascht: So hat Du hast eine Verabredung – mit deinem Leben Eigentlich wundert sich Lucy Silchester über gar nichts mehr: dass ihre große Liebe sie verlassen hat, dass sie aus ihrem Job geflogen ist oder dass sie eine Einladung zu einem Treffen bekommt – von ihrem eigenen Leben! Aber als sie tatsächlich zu dem Termin geht und es direkt vor ihr steht, ist Lucy dann doch überrascht: So hat sie sich ihr Leben wirklich nicht vorgestellt! Mit bezaubernder Fantasie und ihrem unnachahmlichen Humor erzählt Cecelia Ahern in ihrem neuen Roman von der wichtigsten Begegnung, die es für uns geben kann: die mit dem eigenen Leben. Luise Helm, preisgekrönte Schauspielerin und Synchronsprecherin, spielte u.a. in "Polizeiruf" und "Tatort" mit und ist bekannt als die deutsche Stimme von Scarlett Johansson. Lucys Geschichte verleiht Luise Helm in ihrer Lesung genau die richtige Portion an Gefühl, Humor und Temperament, die Cecelia Aherns Roman auszeichnet.

30 review for Ein Moment fürs Leben [Audiobook]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mansi Sharma

    LOVED the book! It was so good! So funny! So...Life-like. :) Lucy Silchester is fine, absolutely fine. So why is it that, of all the miserable, poor, distraught people in the world, it is she who receives a letter asking her to fix an appointment with Life? The letter -after being peed on by her illegally owned cat- lies ignored, like the rest of the things in her Life. She has a job she doesn't love. She has a family she actually likes to visit- if held at gun point. She manages to divide her LOVED the book! It was so good! So funny! So...Life-like. :) Lucy Silchester is fine, absolutely fine. So why is it that, of all the miserable, poor, distraught people in the world, it is she who receives a letter asking her to fix an appointment with Life? The letter -after being peed on by her illegally owned cat- lies ignored, like the rest of the things in her Life. She has a job she doesn't love. She has a family she actually likes to visit- if held at gun point. She manages to divide her time between helping her friends, working on her car (whom she calls Sebastian) and feeding her cat. She's so busy that she leaves every gathering, every meeting before it ends. Every work before it's finished. But there's one thing she can not leave unfinished or unattended. And that is her Life. She needs to spend time with it. Make it happy. Because even if you give up on your Life, your Life doesn't. It stays there, the torn being, begging you to fix it. And Lucy, as much as she's unwilling, is about to do just that. Fix her Life. I absolutely loved the narrative! Lucy has a cat and she's so funny! Lucy, not the cat. She named the cat Mr. Pan but sometimes she calls her Hillary, Julia or Mary. :D It was SO good. The book, not the cat. :P I felt so close to Lucy. Loved her Life. Hated her Father. The book is so well written...and I already feel like I've lost a best friend. This was the only Cecelia Ahern book I was left with, and now that its over, I can't wait for her to write more. It's definitely a GoodRead! So go ahead and grab the book because I'm sure you're going to love the experience with Life! Happy Reading! :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Asha Seth

    Did I really rate it 1 star? Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of Cecelia’s but this book certainly left me skeptical about pursuing any other of her novels. ‘P.S. I Love You‘, her first novel that I’d read was comparatively better than this one. The Time Of My Life was so utterly annoying that with each page it just kept getting to me and it almost made me cry as I couldn’t manage finishing it sooner. Going back to the moment I first saw it in the bookstore, I’m now wondering as to what made her st Did I really rate it 1 star? Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of Cecelia’s but this book certainly left me skeptical about pursuing any other of her novels. ‘P.S. I Love You‘, her first novel that I’d read was comparatively better than this one. The Time Of My Life was so utterly annoying that with each page it just kept getting to me and it almost made me cry as I couldn’t manage finishing it sooner. Going back to the moment I first saw it in the bookstore, I’m now wondering as to what made her start writing this book at the first place. It is mere SHIT. All through the book, the female protagonist (wait a minute, what was her name? Lucy or something. Oh! forget it! who cares!) tries to get in peace with her life personally, professionally, socially and on every other ground while she’s messing it all up at the same time with her never-ending lies that she lives with. Nick-naming, cursing everyone around when actually she is the real culprit dirtying the picture around others’ lives. To add to the misery, she keeps receiving appointment letters to have a meeting with her life. Now, it is actually her LIFE we are talking about. Doesn’t it sound like utter madness! So yes, she makes an appointment with her life who happens to be a man by the name Cosmo Brown. Really, Cosmo, eh?? And through half the book he is trying to gear up her life. Bring it back on track types. Gosh! I repeatedly kept putting the book down after certain instances where I just couldn’t take it anymore. I wanted to cry, no yell, at her inane stupidity. Ms. Ahern tries to put the hearts of her distressed readers to peace after around 350 pages and starts to put pieces back together in the protagonists life for a so-called-happy-sappy-ending. But, excuse me! It just didn’t work for me after having literally pulled, tugged, dragged myself through the 350 pages shit and then accept make-overs in the last 50 pages. In short, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone as I’ve already wasted ‘The Time of my life’ and wouldn’t want others to follow suit. Read it only if you have nothing, absolutely nothing better to do with your life. -Asha

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Vander Meer

    I may have found my new favorite female author. She’s in her early thirties and is already an internationally known writer with several best sellers. If "The Time of My Life," is an example of her work, Cecelia Ahern will be around for a long time. The story begins with, “Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30.” Lucy doesn’t need to read any more; she’s already ignored several invitations just like it, all signed, “Yours sincerely, Life.” The funny thing is, Lucy isn’t su I may have found my new favorite female author. She’s in her early thirties and is already an internationally known writer with several best sellers. If "The Time of My Life," is an example of her work, Cecelia Ahern will be around for a long time. The story begins with, “Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30.” Lucy doesn’t need to read any more; she’s already ignored several invitations just like it, all signed, “Yours sincerely, Life.” The funny thing is, Lucy isn’t surprised by this invitation to meet with her life, she simply doesn’t want to do it. She has created a nice little nest for herself in a tiny apartment with a found cat, a neighbor in her own little world of denial and a job she isn’t required to do much more than show up for. Not that she isn’t well-qualified to do the work of translating product manuals, after all she is fluent in multiple languages. The one she is only slightly familiar with, she has creatively found a way around. As far as her bosses and coworkers are concerned she is qualified as an interpreter in five languages when she is in fact qualified in only four. Her existence for the past two and one-half years is carefully built on a shaky framework of little lies that begin to crumble. It all starts to unravel when Life, with a capital “L”, forces her to confront the truth of Lucy Silchester, and where she really is in the arc of her life. "The Time of My Life" is funny without being ridiculous, romantic without being schmaltzy, realistic enough any reader can relate to it, and downright quirky, especially when the personification of Lucy’s life is a man, a scruffy and irritating excuse for humanity. Lucy has enough in her life to make readers feel pretty good about their own. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who likes a good story full of great characters and a few laughs. Ahern writes about choices and how those choices can define who we are, or who we make ourselves out to be. Ahern is the daughter of Ireland’s former prime minister, and lives in Dublin.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pei

    I struggled through this book from the beginning. It's not your usual fun chick-lit, which I'm disappointed about. I want a chick-lit that makes me laugh, giggle, swoon, and giggle some more. With such a chick-lit-y cover in swirly gold writing, what's to say it doesn't contain excitement and fun? But alas! I should have remembered the adage "Do not judge a book by its cover." I really shouldn't have. Despite its colourful front cover full of promises, this book makes me wonder when it will end b I struggled through this book from the beginning. It's not your usual fun chick-lit, which I'm disappointed about. I want a chick-lit that makes me laugh, giggle, swoon, and giggle some more. With such a chick-lit-y cover in swirly gold writing, what's to say it doesn't contain excitement and fun? But alas! I should have remembered the adage "Do not judge a book by its cover." I really shouldn't have. Despite its colourful front cover full of promises, this book makes me wonder when it will end because it's just so boring. It's about a girl, Lucy, who is very messed up and in a deep rut in her life due to several little-turned-big lies she told starting 2 years 11 months and so-many days ago. Now, I can see how that can happen, and the whole book reads like self-help for Lucy, courtesy of her Life (yes, capital L), in the form of Cosmo (who I imagine looks like a door-to-door salesman). Unfortunately this is a long, dreary path to plough through and nothing exciting really happens. It is an original plot, if nothing else, and Life being a solid person who can kick you in the ass (metaphorically) is an interesting spin on things. If this is your thing, you might like it. But... it's not my cup of tea. And I don't like Lucy, I really wanted to give her a huge slap through most of the book. I bet her Life wanted to give her a huge slap too. The ending saved it a little, I did warm up a little bit to a Lucy who has finally, FINALLY decided to grow up, but too little too late. Dragging myself though boring 98% of the book just for the last semi-decent 2% doesn't do it for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Wow, it saddens me to rate a book written by Cecelia Ahern so low, but it just wasn't that great :( I used to be such a huge fan of hers, recommending her writing to many friends. I absolutely loved "PS, I Love You", and thought that "Love, Rosie" (aka, "Rosie Dunne" / "Where Rainbows End") was also really good. But her books have steadily gone downhill from there, and I think the common denominator is that only her first two books were sincere, realistic, and heartfelt. The rest of the books al Wow, it saddens me to rate a book written by Cecelia Ahern so low, but it just wasn't that great :( I used to be such a huge fan of hers, recommending her writing to many friends. I absolutely loved "PS, I Love You", and thought that "Love, Rosie" (aka, "Rosie Dunne" / "Where Rainbows End") was also really good. But her books have steadily gone downhill from there, and I think the common denominator is that only her first two books were sincere, realistic, and heartfelt. The rest of the books all seem to have some sort of 'magical' element to them -- first we had imaginary friends ("If You Could See Me Now"), then imaginary worlds ("A Place Called Here" / "There's No Place Like Here"), then we had imagined memories through a blood-transfusion ("Thanks for the Memories"), then a magical book that writes the future ("The Book of Tomorrow"), a Scrooged/Christmas-Carol-like encounter ("The Gift") and now finally, someone's life, personified, in this book. It's all just a bit weird. For me, it takes away some of the credibility when ther's too much 'magical', when the story focuses more on the fantastical element than the real interactions with real people in real situations. The sincerity of the story diminishes a bit. I didn't like Lucy one bit, nor did I like her family or her friends. I know that was the point, to not like Lucy and want her to improve, but the story just wasn't that compelling. The whole idea of your life being someone you could sit there and talk to and get help from was interesting, but not carried out well. Didn't anyone else in the story think it was strange that her life was sitting there at the table having a conversation with everyone? And if it was so common that it didn't make anyone go "Hmmm???", why hadn't more people experienced this before with their own life? It just didn't work well for me. Sadly, I won't be recommending this to anyone, and I'm actually pretty upset that I paid full price for this as a new release in Europe, and lugged it all the way back home to the US (it's huge).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aisha

    I don't really think Ahern's books are my style, they're too... glittery. some parts are quite depressing, not the 'agreeable' kind of depressing you get (ok, not 'agreeable' technically so, but there are books like 'Sister of my heart' 'Thousand Splendid Suns' that are sad/ depressing yet good. Ahern-type depressing is a person who has most things people would be thankful for, yet who also creates drama out of situations they are in and whines about everything from the weather to their granola- I don't really think Ahern's books are my style, they're too... glittery. some parts are quite depressing, not the 'agreeable' kind of depressing you get (ok, not 'agreeable' technically so, but there are books like 'Sister of my heart' 'Thousand Splendid Suns' that are sad/ depressing yet good. Ahern-type depressing is a person who has most things people would be thankful for, yet who also creates drama out of situations they are in and whines about everything from the weather to their granola-bars and how they cant climb out of bed because they're sad. the morale or whatever is good and uplifting and there's a lesson in the end and all of that,about how you shouldnt ignore your life, but the story kinda drags on, and well, i just didnt like it much regardless of the raving reviews. I regret buying 'If You Could See Me Now', which I'm yet to read though. **update: "If You Could See Me Now" was wonderfulllll :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    Yet another book I loved by Cecelia Ahern, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I love her quirky ideas for stories and the interesting characters she brings to life. The way she personified LIFE in this novel was wonderful. Lucy was a funny character too, with all her "Okay, I lied" statements. Although this book was emotionally sad in places, overall this novel had me laughing more than any other book I've read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ririn Aziz

    Nobody has to be lonely. Everybody deserves to be happy. My thought while reading this book. Lucy Silchester thought that her life is fine. She felt content. Until her life started to contact her. Lucy has become an antisocial, secretive from her friends and family after being dumped by her boyfriend almost three years ago. Her life is a mess and the lies that she told them to cover the truth has become a big pile of lies that she cannot tell the truth without revealing the whole thing. Ironically Nobody has to be lonely. Everybody deserves to be happy. My thought while reading this book. Lucy Silchester thought that her life is fine. She felt content. Until her life started to contact her. Lucy has become an antisocial, secretive from her friends and family after being dumped by her boyfriend almost three years ago. Her life is a mess and the lies that she told them to cover the truth has become a big pile of lies that she cannot tell the truth without revealing the whole thing. Ironically, after all that, she finally able to tell her true feelings to a wrong number, a man whom she didn't know personally, a stranger. Since everything she does reflected to her other half, her life is miserable as Lucy didn't care much about her own life. So he set up a meeting with Lucy in order to rectify the mess. At first, Lucy denied everything but slowly she saw the errors of her way and started to see the right path with her life by her side. The thing about Cecelia Ahern writing is, for me, is that you can relate to the main character's feeling. It's like reading part of your life through the fiction. The feelings, the loneliness, even the denials . You can feel that somehow 'she' was you. And their journey will become your journey too. P/S - I love this book but somehow towards the end I felt like it was similar to If You Could See Me Now.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    And the award for the most annoying and frustrating character I've read about this year so far goes to ... Lucy Silchester, the main character in this novel. I just absolutely couldn't stand her. The Time of My Life is basically just a book about Lucy lying to everyone in her life and completely ruining her life by continuously lying about everything even when people find out she's lied and confront her with it. Furthermore, the fact that her life - in human form - begins following her everywher And the award for the most annoying and frustrating character I've read about this year so far goes to ... Lucy Silchester, the main character in this novel. I just absolutely couldn't stand her. The Time of My Life is basically just a book about Lucy lying to everyone in her life and completely ruining her life by continuously lying about everything even when people find out she's lied and confront her with it. Furthermore, the fact that her life - in human form - begins following her everywhere at some point and exposes her whenever she tells another lie was extremely weird and didn't make this book any better. It made me cringe so much and often made me just want to throw the novel at a wall. Due to this, I decided to switch to the audiobook after the first quarter of The Time of My Life which definitely made it a lot easier to finish the book. So overall, I unfortunately just didn't enjoy The Time of My Life. The last couple of chapters were actually a lot better than the rest of the novel but that couldn't really save it anymore in my opinion. This is now the second book I've read by Cecelia Ahern - the first one was a one-star read for me - and I think it's also been the last one. I just don't think her stories are for me and I would rather spend my time reading other authors' works. instagram || my blog || twitter

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Buchanan

    I have liked all of Cecelia Ahern's books that I have read and have a few more still on my shelves to read. I love how Life was a person and how what Lucy does in her life, affects Life's life. Often they seemed like an old, married couple. I think we are all guilty of neglecting our lives now and then and the prospect of a physical person being there to steer us back on course was very welcome. This book is really funny, but also has a message for us. A warm, easy read and one to lose yourself I have liked all of Cecelia Ahern's books that I have read and have a few more still on my shelves to read. I love how Life was a person and how what Lucy does in her life, affects Life's life. Often they seemed like an old, married couple. I think we are all guilty of neglecting our lives now and then and the prospect of a physical person being there to steer us back on course was very welcome. This book is really funny, but also has a message for us. A warm, easy read and one to lose yourself in. If you don't smile and laugh during this book, there is something wrong with you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Danderma

    Cecelia Ahern is one of my favorite authors. Anyways ever since I read P.S. I love you I’ve devoured every single book she has written and all of them are beautiful. Here latest book, Time of My Life, I have just finished and I am sorry I finished it. I miss reading it. It is that good Cecilia always sprinkles a little bit of Irish magic into her stories, that’s what makes them extra special. In Time of My Life, Lucy’s life is a mess, she has lost her boyfriend, her job, lives in a pigsty, lyin Cecelia Ahern is one of my favorite authors. Anyways ever since I read P.S. I love you I’ve devoured every single book she has written and all of them are beautiful. Here latest book, Time of My Life, I have just finished and I am sorry I finished it. I miss reading it. It is that good Cecilia always sprinkles a little bit of Irish magic into her stories, that’s what makes them extra special. In Time of My Life, Lucy’s life is a mess, she has lost her boyfriend, her job, lives in a pigsty, lying to her friends and family, and hiding a cat from her landlord. One day an invitation arrives at her door to meet with her “Life”. Weird no? But then again she avoids the meeting. She is too busy tangled with the mess that is her life to meet with her life in the flesh. The story is AMAZING! So sweet, so subtle, and putting aside the magic you can see the analogy they are making! Everyone can relate to it. I was so caught up in Lucy and her life “the guy and the life life” that I never wanted the story to end. I read it in two days because it was cannot-put-down good! Don’t miss it! Kudos to Cecelia for another great book. Definitely going on my bookshelf.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh {K-Books}

    The Time of my Life Review on K-Books First of all I want to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins UK for sending me a review copy of this book. I was so over-excited when I received this for review, Cecelia Ahern is my all time favourite author and her first debut book PS, I Love You was the first novel I ever read and loved and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading. Since then I have read every book she has ever written and loved all of them. This one is one of my top-favourit The Time of my Life Review on K-Books First of all I want to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins UK for sending me a review copy of this book. I was so over-excited when I received this for review, Cecelia Ahern is my all time favourite author and her first debut book PS, I Love You was the first novel I ever read and loved and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading. Since then I have read every book she has ever written and loved all of them. This one is one of my top-favourites of them all, right along with PS, I Love You. I absolutely adore this book and I will read it again and again. Lucy has become out of touch with her life, she hates her job, she hates meeting up with her family and friends and she would much rather stay home in her box-room apartment alone with her cat. Ever since the love of her life left her to go travelling and make his own show it's like Lucy's life is on hold. Then she actually meets her life. He is there to help her make the right decisions, stop lying to her friends and family and find happiness in the truth, after all the truth will set you free. I absolutely loved this book. I found it a little strange at first with the whole meeting someone who is your life. How can your life be a person? But then each of Cecelia's novels have a touch of magic in them but just a little so it is still a realistic book. If anything this book is inspiration to anyone who has made a wrong decision and doesn't know how to put it right, for anyone who has been left by someone they love and don't know how to go on and for people who are at a standstill in their life and don't know how to get out of their rut. Cecelia shows that you CAN still go on, nothing is impossible and you just have to tell the truth to those around you who love you and they can help. There really isn't a bad word I can say about this book. It's definitely an inspirational story and shows no matter what is wrong in your life and no matter what struggles you face you can get through it. I loved the character, Cecelia has a great gift of writing the most amazing characters and Lucy is one of those. She's the character you can empathise with, you can see what she is going through you can feel everything she feels whether it is love, fear, sadness or happiness. I am so glad I got this for review and it has made me realise again how much I love Cecelia's books, her writing is exceptional and just draws you in no matter how strange the story may seem. She makes you fall in love with her characters and the storyline. All of her book are ones I will read again and again. Another amazing book by an exceptional author and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suad Shamma

    'You used to be much more..."muchier". You've lost your muchness.' - the Mad Hatter to Alice. And that is exactly who Life - or shall I say Cosmo Brown - reminded me of when dealing with Lucy. I always know I'm reading a good book when I start reading extra fast, trying so hard not to skip words, or lines, or even pages because I'm dying to know what happens next. But then when I'm done, I'm left feeling bereft and sad, because I wanted it to go on for much longer. I can very gladly say that Ceceli 'You used to be much more..."muchier". You've lost your muchness.' - the Mad Hatter to Alice. And that is exactly who Life - or shall I say Cosmo Brown - reminded me of when dealing with Lucy. I always know I'm reading a good book when I start reading extra fast, trying so hard not to skip words, or lines, or even pages because I'm dying to know what happens next. But then when I'm done, I'm left feeling bereft and sad, because I wanted it to go on for much longer. I can very gladly say that Cecelia Ahern is back. Her creativity, her ideas and her imagination are the things that attracted me most about her books. It has never taken me longer than a day to finish an Ahern book, and once I discovered her, I made sure I read every single book she ever wrote. But then came "The Book of Tomorrow", and not to say it wasn't good, but it just wasn't up to par. I finished it feeling slightly disappointed, and not as overwhelmed or thoughtful as her books usually left me. And then I read "Girl in the Mirror", and that was more than just a disappointment, it was...well, really badly executed. For a minute, I allowed myself to think that Ahern has finally run out of ideas, and has lost her sparkle. This book proved me wrong - Lucy is a completely ordinary girl, who goes about living her life like any normal person would. She's had her problems, be it romantic, professional or family-related. She tries dealing with them the only way she could - denial. Denial usually leads to lying, the phrase that is as old as time becomes common - "I'm fine", that typical answer to the question "What's wrong?" - "Nothing" is always at the tip of her tongue. Lucy was fine, and there was nothing wrong with her - so her Life decides to take things into his own hands. He stalks her, harasses her, throws curve-balls at her, blackmails her and threatens her until she finally accedes to his 'strategy' as it were. Lucy and her journey with Life is a very memorable, nostalgic one - as it makes every reader want to reflect on their own lives. However, it is also quite the hilarious journey, as I had to muffle my laughter countless times while I stayed up all night reading it. I honestly cannot wait for the next Cecelia Ahern novel to find out what her next wild idea put in ordinary, everyday context will be! She always makes me think - why the hell have I not thought of that before? Even though, we ALL probably have. Welcome back Cecelia, I definitely had the time of my life reading this novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    *Summary* A pathological liar meets her life, literally face to face. Think "I Heart Huckabees". I was apprehensive that I wasn't going to enjoy this, but it was actually interesting and mostly funny. I read the Uncorrected Proof edition, so I'm pretty sure some of the stuff that bothered me about the writing style (super long paragraphs, single quotes, several grammatical errors) won't be around in the final edition. I also felt like most of Chapters 1 - 4 could have either been edited out, or r *Summary* A pathological liar meets her life, literally face to face. Think "I Heart Huckabees". I was apprehensive that I wasn't going to enjoy this, but it was actually interesting and mostly funny. I read the Uncorrected Proof edition, so I'm pretty sure some of the stuff that bothered me about the writing style (super long paragraphs, single quotes, several grammatical errors) won't be around in the final edition. I also felt like most of Chapters 1 - 4 could have either been edited out, or rearranged. The first family meeting was so boring to me that I nearly gave up reading. But then Life shows up and things start getting fun. Lucy's lies (to herself at first and then to others) begin to be revealed for what they are, and the trickle down consequences keep smacking her in the face. Ahern has fun with being able to pull double-meanings out of sentences since in this story "Life" is both a thing and a person. So saying something like the the title of the book "The Time Of My Life" can mean what you would normally expect, or it can be read more like "The Time of Cosmo Brown". Or perhaps something like "Life has a funny way of changing" can mean that life is unpredictable, or it can mean that a man named Life looks funny when he changes his clothes. You get the idea. Along with that concept, symbolism in "The Time Of My Life" abounds. It wasn't quite prominent enough that it annoyed me, but whenever Life was around, symbolism was always skirting around the edges of the paragraph. Someone likes You but not your life, or perhaps vice versa. You want one thing, but your life demands another. Again, I think Ahern makes it clever enough that you don't necessarily notice the hidden message until after it happens. I kept drawing parallels to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle which is constantly in the running for my favorite book. Ahern anthropomorphized a concept into a character, which reminded me a lot of what Murakami likes to do. I generally enjoy this type of plot, and I enjoyed it here. It didn't feel borrowed, just similar. Ahern never feels the need to explain why having Life as a physical person doesn't seem completely crazy to anyone. Still, not going into the technicalities of this doesn't detract from the story. As a result, the reader also must accept this fact as normal and not dwell on it, but instead focus on Lucy's slow realization of what her Life truly is. There were a few parts of the plot that I had some problems with (mainly the "big" lie), but they'd be too spoiler-ish to go into here. All in all though, a fun read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I read "P.S. I Love You" several years ago. Though I really didn't like all aspects of the novel I did think it showed flashes of brilliance by Ms. Ahern. Reading her newest novel, "The Time of My Life" I just ended up feeling nothing but disappointment at an opportunity lost with this novel. Lucy Silchester, the main protagonist is living in a small apartment with her cat, working a job she hates. Lucy keeps getting appointments for her to meet with her 'Life' and is doing her level best to avo I read "P.S. I Love You" several years ago. Though I really didn't like all aspects of the novel I did think it showed flashes of brilliance by Ms. Ahern. Reading her newest novel, "The Time of My Life" I just ended up feeling nothing but disappointment at an opportunity lost with this novel. Lucy Silchester, the main protagonist is living in a small apartment with her cat, working a job she hates. Lucy keeps getting appointments for her to meet with her 'Life' and is doing her level best to avoid the appointment so she doesn't have to see what a mess she has turned her 'Life' into since she and her ex-boyfriend parted ways and she lost a high-paying job. I loved the overall idea of this novel. A person has a physical form of their 'Life.' Your family and others around you can agree to send your Life to meet you in order for you to get it on the right track again. However, the novel really doesn't work when you factor in how unpleasant Lucy as a character was throughout this story. Lucy has no redeeming qualities at all. She lies, which maybe would not have been an issue except as a reader you have to read paragraphs of her lies and then she says to you, "that was a total lie." All I felt was frustration since you never knew if what you were reading was actually what happened or not. Besides the fact that Lucy lies, we quickly find out that she is a horrible friend, sister, daughter, and co-worker. I was still perplexed by the fact that Lucy has any friends at all considering how she behaved towards everyone. When we get Lucy interacting with her 'Life' things at least become interesting since her 'Life' won't let her get away with half-truths or out right lies. Frankly I was more interested in the whole 'Life' concept more than anything that was going on with Lucy and would have happily read more about that. After we get through all of this we then have Lucy trying to face the truth of her 'Life' and try to fix it, however, when we get to the ending I felt as if a lot of things with Lucy were left unresolved. I do not recommend this novel. Please note that I received this novel via the Amazon Vine Program.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    Cecelia Ahern never disappoints. She is like a female Rick Riordan, who has the gift to make you always laugh. She also has that magic that is typical of her and in this book we can see it by her original characters, plot and great writing. In The Of My Life the MC meets her life. That's right. I think only a genious like her could have thought that kind of thing. The MC is a terrible liar and she has to be more honest, in order to get her life better. Great summer book contemporary. Also, you may Cecelia Ahern never disappoints. She is like a female Rick Riordan, who has the gift to make you always laugh. She also has that magic that is typical of her and in this book we can see it by her original characters, plot and great writing. In The Of My Life the MC meets her life. That's right. I think only a genious like her could have thought that kind of thing. The MC is a terrible liar and she has to be more honest, in order to get her life better. Great summer book contemporary. Also, you may ship her and her life together.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    What a truly delightful and heartfelt read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Kline

    DNFing at about 62%. This book just isn't holding my interest AT ALL. I'm having a tough time with it because: 1) Lucy is an incredibly unlikable character. She has virtually no redeeming qualities, in my opinion. She's a pathological liar (even as she narrates, which is really irritating -- she'll go on about some aspect of her life, and then say "Okay, I lied," and that aspect of the story changes entirely. What is the point? Waste of word count.) 1a) On the same note, I just can't relate to h DNFing at about 62%. This book just isn't holding my interest AT ALL. I'm having a tough time with it because: 1) Lucy is an incredibly unlikable character. She has virtually no redeeming qualities, in my opinion. She's a pathological liar (even as she narrates, which is really irritating -- she'll go on about some aspect of her life, and then say "Okay, I lied," and that aspect of the story changes entirely. What is the point? Waste of word count.) 1a) On the same note, I just can't relate to her. I don't sympathize with her for her problems or unhappiness in life, and she's just IRRITATING ME TO NO END with her incessant lies. 2) Who TF is "Life", and why is this such a creepy plot? Why is there a "Life" hotline that someone can call to set up a meeting with "Life" and figure out why theirs is such a mess? Why is Lucy's family unsurprised that "Life" has set up an appointment with her? How does he know so much about her? Why isn't this creepy AF to her? **I fully realize that many of these answers might (probably will) be answered by the end of the story. But I don't care enough to wait it out. The fact that this plot is so bizarre is enough to make me say "nothing you write now will make this better for me".** I'm just completely disinterested. I haven't read Cecilia Ahern in years, and I liked the two books of hers that I'd previously read. But this one is just odd, and I'm 100% disconnected. I'm finding that it's a chore to turn on my audiobook, so I'm done. Bummer... I hate when that happens. But time to move on.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eyeceye

    I was initially sceptical when I picked up this book as I wasn't that crazy about PS I love you, however I really loved this book! I found it to be both heart-warming and uplifting. Initially, I didn't like Lucy, however as I warmed to the theme of the story I really warmed to Lucy- she is a bit of a lost and lonely soul struggling to come to terms with the downward turn her life has taken over the last couple of years. But she is so in denial about being miserably stuck in a rut, she doesn't co I was initially sceptical when I picked up this book as I wasn't that crazy about PS I love you, however I really loved this book! I found it to be both heart-warming and uplifting. Initially, I didn't like Lucy, however as I warmed to the theme of the story I really warmed to Lucy- she is a bit of a lost and lonely soul struggling to come to terms with the downward turn her life has taken over the last couple of years. But she is so in denial about being miserably stuck in a rut, she doesn't consciously realise it- that is, until her Life, who in Ahern's book is an actual human being, comes knocking to request a meeting with her. I found it touching as Lucy and her Life come to terms with her past, as Lucy admits to the lies she has told to cover her failures, as she faces the ex boyfriend who dumped her and left her heartbroken and as she learns to face her life again and to truly love it. All this is done with great humour and avoiding over the top sentimentality, which I thought was very well-done. The only thing I would say is- why does Lucy agree to the lie about her boyfriend? I still can't really accept the explanation Ahern offers, even when I decided to just suspend my annoyance for the sake of enjoying the ending of the book, it still niggled at me a bit. Other than that it is a fun read, with some really likeable characters and by the end I didn't want it to finish as I felt I was saying goodbye to some good friends!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Viir

    The story follows Lucy, who got into turmoil with her own life. She was mildly successful and in a happy relationship with a lot of friends. But after her break up, she lost her job, moved flats and has some difficulties maintaining her relationships (friends- and family-wise). So, to get her on the right track, her life steps in: a man who is not really attractive, not really dapper and definitely not friendly. I enjoyed this piece of work. I got into the story really quickly (compared to the la The story follows Lucy, who got into turmoil with her own life. She was mildly successful and in a happy relationship with a lot of friends. But after her break up, she lost her job, moved flats and has some difficulties maintaining her relationships (friends- and family-wise). So, to get her on the right track, her life steps in: a man who is not really attractive, not really dapper and definitely not friendly. I enjoyed this piece of work. I got into the story really quickly (compared to the last book I have read from her) and I like the characters. Funnily the story comes in handy with my own life, I would love for it to appear in front of me and give me guidance. You can get lost so easily with everything and for people who quickly give up on life and just exist- oh it would be great to have life appear in flesh before you. The story really is for everyone who just wants his mind to get off of life, it's not too deep or too into details with the plot or the characters. But you'll like it nonetheless :)!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    I loooooooved this and cried at the end twice (a case of the right book coming into my life at the right / perfect moment). It’s fun and light but also philosophical (for the reader). I also love how the author told a (somewhat) common story (“get your life together”) in a completely new and profound way. This book reminded me a little of Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl so if you liked that book, don’t miss this! This is my third “win” from this author. FYI It IS a little kooky at times and you ha I loooooooved this and cried at the end twice (a case of the right book coming into my life at the right / perfect moment). It’s fun and light but also philosophical (for the reader). I also love how the author told a (somewhat) common story (“get your life together”) in a completely new and profound way. This book reminded me a little of Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl so if you liked that book, don’t miss this! This is my third “win” from this author. FYI It IS a little kooky at times and you have to “go with it” (like the “relative” in 20s girl) but carry on and keep reading on because it is worth it for the endings and personal thoughts you’ll have. 💋

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebekka Steg

    So this week I read The Time of My Life, the latest  novel published by Cecelia Ahern. It is the story of Lucy Silchester, who returns from work one day to find an invitation to a meeting with her Life. From the back: It sounds peculiar, but Lucy's read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can't make the date: she's much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends and avoiding her family. But Lucy's life isn't what it seems. Some of the choices she's made - and stories she's told - So this week I read The Time of My Life, the latest  novel published by Cecelia Ahern. It is the story of Lucy Silchester, who returns from work one day to find an invitation to a meeting with her Life. From the back: It sounds peculiar, but Lucy's read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can't make the date: she's much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends and avoiding her family. But Lucy's life isn't what it seems. Some of the choices she's made - and stories she's told - aren't what they seem either. From the moment she meets the man who introduces himself as her life, her stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory - unless she learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her. How are you treating your life? What I loved so much about The Time of My Life is the unique idea of your Life being represented by another human being. Your Life won't interrupt you - unless you need a bit of an intervention. Whatever is going on with you will show up on your Life - if you aren't treating yourself right, your Life will look sickly, smell and wear crumpled clothes, and similarly once you begin to take care of yourself your Life will begin to look better as well. How are you treating your life? Your hopes and dreams? Yourself? What "little lies" are you telling? A huge part of Lucy's story is that she told one lie, which let to another and yet another, until her life is tied up in one big knot and she's shut herself off from her friends and family. What white lies are you telling others? Yourself? Be the best you can be The Time of My Life is a call to make the most of every day, figuring out what you really want to do with your life and to stop doing things just because it has become a habit. And that's a reminder we all need every now and then. As long as you're around, your life is too. So just as you shower lover and affection and attention on the husbands, wives, parents, children and forever friends who surround you, you have to do so equally with your life, because it's yours, it's you, and it's always there rooting for you, cheering you on, even when you feel like you can't do it. I gave up on my life for a while, but what I've learned is that even when that happens and especially when that happens, life never ever gives up on you. Mine didn't. And we'll be there for each other until those final moments when we will look at each other and say, 'Thanks for staying until the end.' And that's the truth. How are you treating your life and yourself? Do you read chick-lit, or what kind of books do you prefer?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rob Slaven

    As usual I received this book because of some random giveaway or other so I didn't pay even a farthing for it. Unfortunately I don't recall exactly which giveaway because it's been festering at the bottom of my pile for quite some time. Despite that I give my candid opinions below. I'm exceptionally late to the party on this book so I won't attempt the usual Positives/Negatives bit as I usually do. This book was a real perplexity for me. I spent the majority of the text trying to figure out if th As usual I received this book because of some random giveaway or other so I didn't pay even a farthing for it. Unfortunately I don't recall exactly which giveaway because it's been festering at the bottom of my pile for quite some time. Despite that I give my candid opinions below. I'm exceptionally late to the party on this book so I won't attempt the usual Positives/Negatives bit as I usually do. This book was a real perplexity for me. I spent the majority of the text trying to figure out if the central figure of "Life" (as described in the back-cover description) was an actual physical person or a metaphor for human existence. Unfortunately, even after 486 pages I still don't really know for sure. This book has a property that I've not found in a title for quite some time. I consider myself a fairly attentive and avid reader but it's seldom that a book makes me late to work and then late to bed and generally takes over my life. For the few days it took to finish it I did little else but read this book and find ways to compress my other daily duties to accommodate more time for it. I learned during this period just the perfect way to balance a bowl of morning cereal while reading. The only problem with all this is that I'm not actually entirely sure why it was such a fascinating book. At least in part the ambiguity of one of the main characters has a role to play in this miniature obsession. I love nothing more than a good mystery to be unraveled and even now I'm left rather unsatisfied and confused on this topic. It's also, perhaps, because I can relate to the main character. She shuts herself off from others with lies and keeps the world at a distance. This resonates with me personally but my weapon of choice is humor and deflection. Books are often very personal and in many ways this one was a mirror. At times a terrifying mirror, but a mirror nonetheless. In summary, I was utterly enthralled by this book. At least to some extent probably irrationally because I've failed to understand the concept of "Life Audits" that may be commonplace in Ireland, but still the fact remains that this book really roped me in. It's probably a good thing I'm not trying to come up with positive/negative analysis because I'd be hard pressed to criticize a book that consumed my entire life rather joyfully for two solid days.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Lucy's life fell apart when she left her nearly perfect boyfriend 3 years ago. Ok. She didn't leave him. He dumped her. She quit her good-paying job that she enjoyed. Oops. She didn't quit. She got fired. She lives in a cozy apartment that she loves. Well...if you count climbing over the couch from the kitchen just to sit down and hanging your clothes from the curtain rods as cozy, then that's the truth. She has to leave social events early because she has other things to do. Did I mention that Lucy's life fell apart when she left her nearly perfect boyfriend 3 years ago. Ok. She didn't leave him. He dumped her. She quit her good-paying job that she enjoyed. Oops. She didn't quit. She got fired. She lives in a cozy apartment that she loves. Well...if you count climbing over the couch from the kitchen just to sit down and hanging your clothes from the curtain rods as cozy, then that's the truth. She has to leave social events early because she has other things to do. Did I mention that Lucy lies or tells half-truths? It is time for Lucy to pay more attention to her life. In fact, her life has been sending her letters and phoning her to make an appointment to discuss the matter. That's right. Her life wants to sit down with her and devise a plan to get her back on track. When Lucy finally and reluctantly does meet her life, she gets quite a shock. Her life is a rumpled, unattractive man with unkempt hair, bad breath, and skin problems. Seems that one's life doesn't have to be one's gender. For lack of better ideas, Lucy names her life Cosmo to explain his sudden appearance at her work, her apartment, her social gatherings...where Lucy goes so does her life and for every lie or half-truth she tells, Cosmo will reveal to all a truth instead and that can be very embarrassing. I loved this story. It was, yes, about a broken romance; but it was so much more than that. It was about looking at ourselves and the choices we make. It was about being honest, not just to others, but to ourselves. it was about choosing to move forward. It was about "not settling" just because it is easier. This book made me laugh. Cosmo is a hoot. Lucy is loveable in spite of all the disruptions she causes. Underneath it all, there are moments of sadness as well that help to explain Lucy's actions. And it made me think about how many times we lose ourselves as we get caught up into so many life situations that we actually do forget to pay attention to, yes, "our life".

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Amazing book. I'll be back with a review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    celln

    This is going to be one of those tough reviews so I'm going to keep it short and to the point. Imagine you're meeting with your LIFE in the flesh as a person who is constantly telling you what a poor job you have been doing. "You just sweep more crap under the rug, because that rug's going to get so bumpy it'll trip you up." The story line is amazing but the story and the characters not so much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rea Cobb

    I love books by Cecelia Ahern, although I always love them I never quite know what to expect next with her books! I have just finished reading The Time Of My Life which is due out 13th October this year. I have to say the cover to this book is stunning and in my opinion is the best cover of all the Cecelia Ahern books. Plot Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she’s been invited along few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold embossed envelope under the I love books by Cecelia Ahern, although I always love them I never quite know what to expect next with her books! I have just finished reading The Time Of My Life which is due out 13th October this year. I have to say the cover to this book is stunning and in my opinion is the best cover of all the Cecelia Ahern books. Plot Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she’s been invited along few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold embossed envelope under the shag pile carpet. She’s taken her eye off the ball and has busied herself with work (a job she doesn’t love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family and devoting her time to their life dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment that she can’t miss. And she can’t escape it either. Her life is about to catch up with her in the most extraordinary of ways.... My Opinion Our heroine in this book is Lucy Silchester and she is a likeable character who is very down to earth which makes her character easy to read. Lucy’s character is very realistic whereas the storyline is very farfetched but in my opinion it is this great mix which brings the humour into the book. The book gets off to a quick start with Lucy receiving her appointment card from Life which she ignores but she is soon to learn that Life just doesn’t give up on you! Lucy finally meets Life who is a man and although I can honestly say I have never read a character like Life before he is a joy to read. I was expecting Life to be very God or angle like so when we meet a bog standard grumpy guy I was a little shocked! There were many laugh out loud moments in this novel which made it an enjoyable read and very hard to put down. I feel like the storyline carries a message and really gets you thinking, are you making the most of your life and doing things you enjoy? Too many of us, like Lucy have got ourselves wrapped up in life and stuck in a rut and we need to unwind ourselves and make positive changes in life as unfortunately I don’t think Life will be sending any of us an appointment card anytime soon! This book is a must for Cecelia Ahern fans, and does not disappoint. The novel has a great mix of characters who work well together in this book. The novel will give you a very unique storyline which will have you gripped and guessing as to what will happen next all the way through. I loved that the ending wasn’t predictable and also that the ending was tied up beautifully. A truly quirky read ! Review also on my blog http://reabookreview.blogspot.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nisha-Anne

    This was such a delicious mindfuck of a book, and so very heartrending at the same time. Very early on, I knew this one would hurt. And I kept waiting to feel frustration, even anger at the ways of our protagonist ... but oddly enough, that never happened. Which says something for the skill of Ahern, how she manages to make her protagonists so sympathetic even when they're so royally fucked up. My heart utterly went out to Lucy, to the awful predicament she found herself in, even though I knew o This was such a delicious mindfuck of a book, and so very heartrending at the same time. Very early on, I knew this one would hurt. And I kept waiting to feel frustration, even anger at the ways of our protagonist ... but oddly enough, that never happened. Which says something for the skill of Ahern, how she manages to make her protagonists so sympathetic even when they're so royally fucked up. My heart utterly went out to Lucy, to the awful predicament she found herself in, even though I knew objectively that I would abhor and detest her coping mechanism. Hell, I do in real life. But well-written fiction transcends real life, doesn't it? And it's very very true of this novel. What I thoroughly admired was the total unreliability of our narrator's voice. In fact, right from the start I thought "My gosh, this is like Villette." Only nowhere as cold and snobbish, thank christ. Quite the reverse. Luckily, I got her measure very quickly so it was quite easy to tell when she was outright lying to me and when she wasn't. Except for the biggie that kept me swerving one way, then the other. But yes, the mindfuck aspect was totally unnerving and wonderfully so, the fantastic metaphor of it that kept spinning my mind out and reeling it back in and then out again. I can see how that would frustrate so many readers. In fact, I'm surprised I wasn't. But I was just fascinated and even more fascinated, and then even longing for it to be real. How very clever Ahern is. And omg, the Gene Kelly references! Particularly spooky cos the very day I began the novel I was going through a bit of a resurgent love, getting all fatuous and misty-eyed over certain gorgeous pictures and my favourite sequences. For a while there, it seemed liked every pop culture reference Ahern made in this novel was targeted right at me, so closely did our interests and knowledge coincide. Okay, this tailed off towards the end and I am a little disappointed that the Gene Kelly references sort of vanished. But I did love the little touches of Dirty Dancing, that there was just the title and one quoted line in the narrative. I like that Ahern restrained the Dirty Dancing concept really to the concept of our protagonist, the same sort of passive-but-not female protagonist. Pop culture references for the win, darling.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I have read every single one of Cecelia Ahern's books and I love her writing style. I love her elements of mystery and a sort of magic. One of my favourite books is 'A Place Called Here' so when I heard there was a new book by Ahern coming out I had to read it. I was top of the request list at the library (and it's a big list!!!) I knew I would have to read it quite fast, but knew it wouldn't be a problem. I love her books so could get it read in a couple of days. Lucy's life has gone downhill, s I have read every single one of Cecelia Ahern's books and I love her writing style. I love her elements of mystery and a sort of magic. One of my favourite books is 'A Place Called Here' so when I heard there was a new book by Ahern coming out I had to read it. I was top of the request list at the library (and it's a big list!!!) I knew I would have to read it quite fast, but knew it wouldn't be a problem. I love her books so could get it read in a couple of days. Lucy's life has gone downhill, she broke up with her boyfriend of five years, lost her gorgeous apartment, lost her job and got a new one that she hates where she nicknames all the staff and sneaks out for as many breaks as possible. She spends her time trying to avoid family and friends and hides away in her box of an apartment. One day she gets an invite for a meeting with Life - her life. It's time she stopped ignoring her life and started living it. This book was very odd - Life personified is just weird - but it's a weird that works. I was absolutely fascinated. I liked Lucy as a character - she was sassy and had a great with. Her life is great, I actually laughed out loud so many times whilst he was talking. This story will sweep you away but at the same time will have you thinking about your own life and where it's going. And what he/she would look like if it was personified. I love the strangeness of it all and it's overall originality. Ahern charms and intrigues with her writing. I was hooked in and couldn't wait to find out what would happen. There is a bit of a love triangle but in my opinion it's very one sided - I knew who I liked and was shouting at Lucy to be sensible and pick him (I won't say who - it might spoil it for you) It hasn't overtaken as my favourite one of hers but it's quite high up the list.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cakes

    "The Time Of My Life" wasn't an easy read. By that I don't mean I was intellectually challenged, but that I was challenged not to put it down and having to deal with her complaining about her life while still insisting that her life was great. She was incredibly annoying but somehow I kept going and in the end I didn't regret it. After the hundred or so pages it took to intruduce the setting (WAY TOO LONG!) it started to all move and shift and the plot developed. That I enjoyed, the end was -thou "The Time Of My Life" wasn't an easy read. By that I don't mean I was intellectually challenged, but that I was challenged not to put it down and having to deal with her complaining about her life while still insisting that her life was great. She was incredibly annoying but somehow I kept going and in the end I didn't regret it. After the hundred or so pages it took to intruduce the setting (WAY TOO LONG!) it started to all move and shift and the plot developed. That I enjoyed, the end was -though not brilliant or very satisfying- good enough for me to not regret battling through the boring first hundred-or-so pages. It was an okay book with some good messages. Ich habe es mir mit diesem Roman, "Ein Moment fürs Leben" sehr schwergetan. Über hundert Seiten lang habe ich mich gelangweilt, gehofft dass endlich etwas passiert das die Protagonistin interessanter und v.a. sympathischer macht. Sie steckt in einem Tief fest und kommt nicht los, tut aber nichts gegen dieses Tief weil sie darauf beharrt, glücklich zu sein. Es dauert EINIGE Zeit und VIEL zu lange im Roman dass sie endlich sich weiterentwickelt und etwas TUT. Im Endeffekt bereue ich es nicht, weitergelesen zu haben trotz der extrem unsympathischen und nutzlosen Protagonistin, denn sie tut etwas, sie tut etwas und zeigt dabei dem Leser einiges was er von ihr Lernen kann. Einige gute Moralen sind in diesem Roman trotz seiner allgemein doch irritierenden Hauptcharakterin und langsamen Anfang, daher ist dieser Roman lesenswert. Erwartet aber nicht zuviel.

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