Thanks For The Memories – Cecilia Ahern
Can you love someone you’ve never met?
Simple answer. No you can’t.
So step away from this review. “P.S I love you” fans, because Ahern’s about to take a serious Book Boy Beating.
In beginning this review, let me just say that I don’t enjoy slamming books. I don’t take pleasure in giving an author a virtual slap and a “What the hell were you thinking?”, but trust me on this one, dear reader – this one should never have been published. I feel sorry for the poor trees which gave their little lives up to this abomination.
Phew, now that’s off my chest, allow me to begin by asking you this question:
“Have you ever given blood?”
Some of you will reply with: “Yes, I have indeed Book Boy, and it gave me a sense of well-being!”
While some of you will reply with: “Hell no! I hate needles / it’s my blood and you aint having it / and/or I just can’t be arsed!”
OK – well this book can be summed up by the following.
#1 – Woman loses baby and needs blood transfusion
#2 – Hunky chap gives blood and woman gets his donation
#3 – Woman suddenly starts living the life of hunky chap and experiencing his memories?
She starts eating meat.
She starts speaking French.
I mean…. what…….the……..f***???
This isn’t chick lit. This is sh*t lit.
I just didn’t believe it. And I’m not even talking about the plot, as implausible as it is. (Boy donates blood, girl gets boy’s blood after falling down the stairs, girls suddenly has all of the dude’s memories.) The problem was that I didn’t believe the characters, at all. They didn’t seem like real people, they seemed like devices to churn the plot.
“Oh come on now, it’s just a jokey lovely read! Don’t take it so seriously!”
And I don’t want to, I’m all for suspended disbelief and implausibility in a piece of fiction. I loved Time Traveler’s Wife. But the characters and story have to be compelling. Thanks for the Memories simply isn’t. It’s a slow motion train wreck. Very slow motion.
I’m embarrassed for the author.
Just like giving blood, you’re going to need a few biscuits to keep your energy up if you begin this.
May God have mercy on your soul.
The Book Boy Rating – 1/5