What started out as a joke ends up helping Holly through one of the worst periods of her life. At age 30 she has become a widow, but her husband Gerry has left behind a list of things for her to do. Each month she is to open an envelope from Gerry and she must do what it says. Some things are simple, such as buying a lamp for the bedside table. Some things are much harder… especially packing up and getting rid of all Gerry’s things. PS, I Love You tells the story of a woman trying to move on with her life when the life she had revolved around a man who is now dead.
Many will probably know this story thanks to the movie by the same name. For those who have seen the movie, you should know that the movie is only based on this novel. There are many differences, some of them major. If you loved the movie then you may want to pass on the novel. I read it out of curiosity, and it was only curiosity that made me finish it. The movie was much better, in my opinion. If you saw the movie and didn’t care for it, or you haven’t seen the movie at all, then you may want to give a try. However, there are some things I would have found disappointing even if I hadn’t seen the movie. First, the bad language. It only appears a few times, but I don’t see the need for it (in novels or movies). Granted, there have been many great novels that have foul language, but I still don’t see the need. Second, this book is very dialogue-heavy. Dialogue can be good, but when characters start rambling it’s time to stop. This can really slow the novel down. Next, there are a lot of scenes I thought could have been left out, and it probably would have cut the length of the book by at least a third. Finally, and most importantly, most of the characters were flat. There were moments when a few of the characters jumped off the page for me, but it was rare.
What’s good: Holly’s relationship with her brother Richard. I love how their relationship evolves as they help each other. Richard is a very unexpected character, and was probably my favorite in the novel.
1) Overall Plot = 4
2) Characters = 1.5
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 2
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 2
Average of score 2.9
Overall grade = D+
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I borrowed this book from my local library.
This was book 40 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.