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Saturday 14 February 2009

If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern

Review:- When I read the above summary I didn't think that it was a book that I would enjoy, I thought that the summary seemed a bit strange but I fell in love with Ahern when reading PS I Love You so I persevered and I'm glad I did.

Ivan is sent to be Luke's "best friend", so he thought. His job is to help Luke with whatever personal challenge he is currently facing and when he has accomplished that goal he becomes invisible to Luke again and he gets assigned another "best friend". Soon, Ivan realizes that it's not Luke that needs him but his Aunty, Elizabeth. This is when the story gets good and Ivan teaches Elizabeth how to live her childhood dreams, let her hair down and just be happy and face the past head on. Elizabeth and Ivan fall in love but Ivan knows that he will eventually become "invisible" to Elizabeth when Elizabeth no longer needs him and it becomes not just a self discovery and change for Elizabeth but Ivan too. Ivan soon realizes that their time is coming to an end as he starts becoming invisible to Elizabeth at times. Eventually Elizabeth realizes that Ivan is in fact Luke's "imaginary" friend but he had just become visible to her as well, she was heart broken but soon realizes that she will use the knowledge and love that Ivan had given to accomplish what Ivan was trying to teach her about life, how to live.

If You Could See Me Now is a very different love story from the norm but it was great, I loved it! I read it in two sitting. It makes you realize that the innocence and purity of a child's mind is something that we adults should learn from and not discourage. The imaginary friend association and world that Ahern creates is so fascinating that you become astounded that another adult could create such a world. Whilst it may seem to have a whole imaginary and magical vibe to it, don't be discouraged, it's not something out of this world and Ahern has created this world to co-exist with ours that you nearly believe that it is actually true and possible. This book is a very light read despite it being very deep in meaning, which is another reason why I love it. Sometimes you just want a light read without it being light in meaning too. 



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