Writer’s Wednesday: The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern
I don’t normally write reviews of the chick-lit books I read (but you can see all the books I read and connect with me on Goodreads), because to me, they’re the equivalent of watching a sitcom every now and then. Light, fluffy, feel-good entertainment.
Every now and then however, a book will stand out, for some reason it’s especially the Irish writers, such as Marian Keyes, Kate Kerrigan and Cecelia Ahern, who make me think twice. (I’d recommend Anybody Out There? and This Charming Man: A Novel by Marian Keyes, Recipes for a Perfect Marriage and The Miracle of Grace by Kate Kerrigan and Thanks for the Memories and The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.)
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?