Ahlan! Book Club This Week
The Time of My Life
By Cecelia Ahern
Reviewed by reader Kimberley Brooke, 27, from Dubai Marina
How many people have a chance to step back and really look at their lives? Lucy Silchester is given that chance and it comes in the form of a smelly, dishevelled man with bad breath. We follow Lucy as she tries to get along with her ‘life’ and work through her personal issues to change it for the better. Cecelia Ahern creates yet another likeable, down-to-earth Irish girl, who the typical 20-something will struggle not to identify with in some way. There’s just enough my-boyfriend-broke-up-with-me-but-I’m-still-in-love-with-him angst to make the reader root for her coming out as a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man... but she ends up with an Adonis who is shy and respects women – only in books, hey? The Time of my Life is predictably well-written, but also written predictably. It wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny, or heart-wrenchingly sad (she still hasn’t topped PS I Love You in my opinion) but for light poolside reading it ticks the boxes. Published by HarperCollins
My Favourite Books
By Ahlan! Features Writer, Sarah Swain
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I always try to resist reading the books everyone’s talking about, but as usual I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I loved this trilogy.
The Girl in Times Square
by Paullina Simons
My friend told me how much she loved the books by this author and I was soon hooked as well. Set just before 9/11, it’s about Lily — a girl whose roommate vanishes — and the detective trying to find her. It’s just amazing. Also read the heartbreaking Tully by the same author.
The Horse Whisperer
by Nicholas Evans
A heartbreaking tale about a girl who is injured along with her horse in a terrifying accident and the intriguing horseman who helps them both. As usual the book’s better than the film, though that does star the hunky actor Robert Redford.
Kate’s in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets a call from her daughter’s school. Amelia has been suspended and Kate must go and get her immediately. Stress turns to panic when she finds the school surrounded by police, fire trucks and an ambulance.
This debut novel by Kimberly McCreight has been dubbed the new Gone Girl. The book is out now and is published by HarperCollins.