Thanks for the Memories

Thanks for the Memories is the latest book by Cecelia Ahern, acclaimed author of bestseller PS I Love You as well as the youngest daughter of former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. The 28-year-old seems to have all going well for her: Her third novel, If You Could See Me Now, will be the second novel adaptation hitting the screens soon while her fourth novel, A Place Called Here, is to be made into a US TV series.

After a devastating miscarriage which also spells the last of her fast falling apart marriage, Joyce Conway moves in with her muddled and eccentric father. She begins recalling memories that do not belong to her. Instead, they belong to Justin Hitchcock, a divorced architecture guest lecturer in Dublin.

Despite reading several rave reviews of Thanks for the Memories and of the author herself, I was unable to apprehend the book's success. Barely reading up to a third of the book, it became so obvious what happened that it left me wondering when I would reach the romantic climax. I must say, I was kept waiting for a pretty long time. First I had to suspend all disbelief of the premise that two individuals might be connected through a blood transfusion. Second, after much waiting, there was hardly much of a romantic climax per say. The two instantly deemed each other perfect upon finding out the source of their connection. Third, the book delivers far less than expected – characters show much promise with fun-loving, vegetarian Joyce and a geeky-cute architecture lecturer of a love interest. Interestingly, the supporting cast, Joyce's father, proves much more entertaining to read instead.

That said, it was characters like this that kept me through the book. Otherwise, Thanks for the Memories was hardly a chick lit read and only worth an attempt by Ahern's avid fans.

Related link: Cecelia Ahern website

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