Book Review: P.S. I Love You

Updated on November 19, 2018
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P.S. I love you is a romantic novel written by Cecilia Ahern which was published in 2004. I read it 3-4 years back and immediately fell in love with this love story with a difference. The book has been successfully adapted into a movie starring Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler.

P.S. I Love You
Cecilia Ahern
Originally Published
Film Adaptation
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Page Count
PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (2012-03-01)
PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (2012-03-01)
A beautiful, heartwarming story of love and loss.

Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars

— Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You


The book tells the story of Holly and Gerry who are married and live in Dublin. They deeply love each other but also fight occasionally like every other married couple. Tragedy strikes when Gerry suddenly dies due to brain tumor. This devastates Holly and she loses all reason to live. Grief-stricken Holly withdraws from her family & friends and retreats into her shell. One day her mother calls her and informs her about a package which is addressed to her. In the package, Holly finds ten envelopes, one for each month after Gerry died, containing messages from him, all ending with “P.S. I Love You”. The messages are Gerry’s way of telling her how much he loves her and fills Holly with hope & encouragement. She starts looking forward to opening each envelope every month and is filled with anticipation what the next envelope will hold.Each message from Gerry sends Holly on a new adventure and as the months pass, Holly slowly starts recovering from the grief that had engulfed her after Gerry’s sudden death.

Don't be afraid to fall in love again. Open your heart and follow where it leads you...and remember, shoot for the moon.

— Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

My Review

It is a very interesting read and a very emotional one too. Love is the central theme of the book and it is presented in such a unique way. Dealing with the death of your beloved can be devastating but life goes on. You have to keep on living and learn to be happy again for the sake of your family and friends but most importantly, for the sake of your lost love who would never have wanted to see you unhappy.

A beautiful well-written story which will make you cry and also make you appreciate your loved ones. Cecilia Ahern has created some compelling characters. Her writing style is simple and sometimes amateurish but the beauty of the story covers all the flaws. The poignancy of loss, letting go and rediscovery is beautifully captured in the book. It's a touching and emotional story about the long road of healing and finding yourself again after losing a loved one. I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves to read chick-lit.

My Rating:4/5

Nobody's life is filled with perfect little moments. And if it were, they wouldn't be perfect little moments. They would just be normal. How would you ever know happiness if you never experience downs?

— Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

About The Author

Cecelia Ahern is an Irish author who is best known for her first novel 'P.S. I Love You'. Two of her books have been adapted into movies and over 25 million of her books have been sold worldwide. She has published several novels and contributed many short stories to various anthologies. She also created and produced the ABC comedy 'Samantha Who?' which starred Christina Applegate.

Cecilia was nominated as the Best Newcomer 2004-05 at the British Book Awards for her debut novel 'PS, I Love You'. She won the 2005 Irish Post Award for Literature and a 2005 Corine Award for her second book 'Where Rainbows End', which was voted for by German readers. Cecelia was voted Author of Year in the UK Glamour Women of the Year Awards in the year 2008.

Remember our wonderful memories, but please don't be afraid to make some more.

— Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You (Film)

P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American Romance movie based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecilia Ahern. The film starred Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler in the lead roles. There are a few differences between the novel and the film adaptation but on the whole, the film stays fairly true to the novel.

P.S. I Love You Official Trailer #1 - (2007) HD

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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      9 months ago from India

      This book is one of the best romantic novels I have read till date.

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      Abitha Deepak 

      9 months ago


      I loved the movie, it was emotive and the characters were very well portrayed. The Irish landscapes were breathtaking as well! If the movie was so good, the book is bound to be better, will surely add to my reading list.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      14 months ago from India

      @Imran this is such a cute and positive story of love, loss and hope. I loved it too.

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      Imran khan 

      14 months ago from Mumbai

      I have already read and enjoyed the novel very much. Reading your review makes me want to read it again :)

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      Shaloo Walia 

      20 months ago from India

      @manatita Romances are quite popular. But I liked the way author has told the story of love and loss.

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      20 months ago from london

      Another interesting book. Love seems to be a successful formula in so many ways.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      20 months ago from India

      @FlourishAnyway I am sure you will like the book. I have stopped watching news because there's nothing but negativity.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      20 months ago from India

      @Dora It is indeed a lovely book.

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      Dora Weithers 

      20 months ago from The Caribbean

      I remember the movie. Thanks for the book review. I'm sure it would be a good read.

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      20 months ago from USA

      I'm glad you're reviewing this. With all the bad stuff going on in the news, I need an escape, and it seems like the one on the New York Best Sellers List that are supposedly "unputdownable" are anything but that. I will check this out of the library!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      20 months ago from India

      Thanks Bill...that means a lot!!

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I always appreciate reviews from people I respect, so thank you for this one.


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