When I started this book out, I thought it was going to be sort of silly and foolish, like a child's book, but as I read, I became more and more into this book and I couldn't stop reading! This book is quite great!!! It's about an imaginary friend and how it changes this one girl's life forever and in return, changed his life forever as well. It teaches you to believe and open your mind about everything in life. Just a great book.
Didn't think I would like this but found it to be an enjoyable read. Walt Disney Pictures has bought the rights to this novel. Interestingly enough, this author is the twenty-four year old daughter of Ireland's prime minister.
A very thoughtful romp in a small town in Ireland. She is the older sister, the responsible one. She saw what her mother's flirty ways did to her father and the family, so she vowed never to be like that. Then her sister's son, who she is taking care of, has custody of, has an invisible friend. She tries to humor him, like all the experts say you should... then she meets who she thinks is the father of one of his friends... it is really his imaginary friend. He teachs her how to play and how to laugh, most importantly how to look back on her life and open some doors that have remained closed for too many years.
Another beautiful feat accomplished by Ahern. It's a very lovely book. Don't be fooled by the "light" facade of the plot. It's a deeper story than you imagine. Amidst the childlike tone, there are deeper, darker hues that make this novel what it is. Good read!
This book is excellent. It is different than any book I have read in a long time, but it made me think about life. It was very moving, both funny and so so sad. It does have a happy ending. This book is a keeper!
This book falls most closely into the romance category, but I'm reluctant to call it that. Ivan is far from a knight in shining armor and the relationship he has with Elizabeth Egan is romantic, but not sexual. Ivan brings out the child in her, teaches her how to have fun in life-- to forget the problems of her family and even to introduce color into her wardrobe. The effects of his time in her life will last forever, even though he has to move on, for reasons that Luke understands but Elizabeth takes much longer to work through.
This is my latest read and another book completely out of my normal reading genre! It is magical for sure so you definitely have to let your mind go to the whimsy and allow your heart and eyes to see what is really not there. I enjoyed the book, it was far-fetched and allowed me to go to places that I normally would not allow myself to go. Maybe I am a little like Elizabeth and I think we can all learn from Ivan. I bought the book because I love Ms. Ahern's book "P.S. I Love You" and the movie of the same title is a fantastic chick flick" so I thought "If You Could See Me Now" would be similiar. The only similiarity is the background - Ireland but if you want a light, fun-hearted, magical read you will enjoy the book.
Another interesting book from Ahern. Elizabeth is a woman whose mother abandoned her in childhood; and Elizabeth followed suit, by growing up and locking away her 'childish' feelings. Now she is caring for her sister's son (as her sister never quite grew up).
Enter Ivan, the imaginary friend. He is there to help the children who need him most. The surprising thing is, it's Elizabeth's inner child who needs him most. In befriending Ivan, Elizabeth can allow herself to feel like a child again -- and she can feel happy. Sometimes growing up means going back.
What I like about Cecelia Ahern's books is that they do not follow the typical romance formula. This was good, although a bit sad. The characters feel real and interesting, and you are never 100 percent sure where it is going to end up. I liked the concept of an imaginary friend.
Enjoyable, fun read. It's interesting to see the comments about Disney possibly making a movie of this book, because as I was reading it, I was thinking what a cute movie it would be. Interesting storyline and I could relate to the main character in her perfectionist struggles and family drama.
Did NOT like this book. Ridiculous storyline. What disappointed me even more was that I've read Disney has bought the rights to make a movie of this crap. After seeing how badly they did the book to movie with PS I Love You, I can't imagine what boring idiocy will come of this one.
Oh - I really loved this one! It was more entertaining than her others and infinitely more magical. But it was much sadder too and it left some loose ends - namely, about the sister, and the main character's own future. If I had to describe this book to anyone, I would call it a more romantic version of _Drop Dead, Fred_ - and though the book seems like a clear deviation of it, it still managed to sparkle with originality and I would recommend it to anyone who would like a good chick lit read.
This was great, so different. There's movie talk on this one, with Hugh Jackman in the main role!! Can't wait for that! This book is very different from you're typical romance novel, so be ready for that. And it's set in Ireland, which is one of my favorite places in the world (that I haven't been to yet!)
Tonya L. (castingbread) reviewed If You Could See Me Now (aka A Silver Lining) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
I thought this book was a wonderfully fun read. The characters seemed real and had real issues -- even the imaginary ones! The storyline was so much fun, and I had no idea how this one was going to turn out. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'll just say that I loved how Ahern pulled out a happy ending, even though the characters did not necessarily get what they thought they wanted. This book was my first of Ahern's and has got me wanting more of her wit and humor.