The Time of My Life: A Novel

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"Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30, 2011. Yours sincerely, Life."

Lucy Silchester keeps receiving this appointment card and sweeping the envelope under the rug. Literally. Instead, she has busied herself with work (a job she doesn't love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family, and devoting her time to their life dramas. But she's stuck in a rut and deluding everyone. Only Lucy knows the real truth.

Then one day ...

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Overview

"Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30, 2011. Yours sincerely, Life."

Lucy Silchester keeps receiving this appointment card and sweeping the envelope under the rug. Literally. Instead, she has busied herself with work (a job she doesn't love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family, and devoting her time to their life dramas. But she's stuck in a rut and deluding everyone. Only Lucy knows the real truth.

Then one day life shows up at her door, in the form of a rather run-down man in an old suit, who is determined to bring about change. Life follows Lucy everywhere—the office, bars—meets her flabbergasted friends, and won't let Lucy off the hook. What she learns in the process is that some of the choices she's made, and stories she's told, aren't what they seem either. Now her stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory . . . unless Lucy learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her.

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Editorial Reviews

Daily Telegraph
“A sweet moral tale lifted by Ahern’s special brand of magical twist.”
Daily Express (London)
“One of her best . . . Funny, touching, with an insightful message at its heart.”
Good Housekeeping
“A warm and thought-provoking read.”
Booklist
“A whimsical, heartwarming tale.”
Kirkus Reviews
Lucy Silchester has spent the last two years and 11 months ruining her life. Actually, she's spent most of her life ruining her life. Now her life wants to meet with her. Ahern deftly turns this potentially contrived premise into a hilarious quest for true happiness--and perhaps true love. Lucy learned early to never let on that everything is anything but perfect. Her family is, of course, perfect: Her mother wears Chanel suits to lunch, her father is an impossible-to-please high court judge. So, when her relationship with Perfect Boyfriend Blake ended, and when she lost her job the same day, it seemed like a good idea to tell a few lies. Nearly three years later, the lies have built walls between Lucy and her family and friends. Even Mr. Pan, her hermaphroditic cat, is a secret. Reluctantly, Lucy meets with her life, who turns out to be a disheveled man with bloodshot eyes, bad breath and a wrinkled suit. Life insists that Lucy stop telling lies and start paying attention to, well, her life. Soon, he's following her around and arranging truth-telling opportunities. He begins to grow on her. Meanwhile, life's receptionist gives Lucy the number for a carpet cleaning service, and as her call is forwarded, she ends up talking to the quite charming Don Lockwood. Surprisingly, she tells Don the truth, and their calls continue. Maybe she could fall for Don, but she's still pining for Blake, and life has a lot more lies for her to confront. Highly addictive, fast-paced and chock-full of both quirky characters and clever banter. This book is a delight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062248602
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 486
  • Sales rank: 201,780
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; The Book of Tomorrow; and The Time of My Life. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than sixteen million copies. The daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland, she lives in Dublin.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    At first glance Ahern's tale is absolutely absurd. Yet the myria

    At first glance Ahern's tale is absolutely absurd. Yet the myriad of quirky characters are unfazed by the concept of one's "Life" (yes, literally) leaving notes for you and subsequently following your every move while interacting and interfering with every step. Once I was able to swallow the uniqueness of the concept I simply couldn't put it down as I began to wish that my "Life" would come knocking as well.  Yes, it is true that the main character, Lucy, is flawed but these flaws are what made her so relate-able within the bizarre concept!  I highly reccomend it as a fun, light, and even thought-provoking read. For while there lays romance at the end, I found it to be more of an introspective novel than a love story. It make you wonder, what would your Life say to you?

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Good read

    I thought this was a witty tale. I laughed alot. The overall message to never give up on yourself, your life, came through, but not in the typical sorrowful way. I really enjoyed this book. Very uplifting.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Ahern is brilliant. Lucy¿s character is horribly flawed, but not

    Ahern is brilliant. Lucy’s character is horribly flawed, but not irredeemable. She’s not a bad person, she’s just lost her way and Life steps in to help her find the right path. It’s hard not to feel a certain amount of envy. No one in reality gets an appointment with their Life, but we all need one. The character development in this book is genius, and it’s not just Lucy and her Life that changes. The issues that she has with her job, family and friends are all things that readers will be able to relate to and understand. The fact that she’s about to turn 30 just adds another log to the fire. This story is sweet and hilarious, with a much-needed lesson underlining the whole thing. Everyone should read this book!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    Besides the lackluster title, this book is endearing and quite f

    Besides the lackluster title, this book is endearing and quite funny. The main character is quirky and the story is unique. It was my first Adhern read (I had seen the move PS I love you and I LOVED it) and I will continue to read her books. Very humorous, as I said even though it started a wee bit slow.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Got off to a slow start, but a nice story overall

    I had trouble empathizing with Lucy at first, but I stuck with the book and I'm glad I did. A nice piece of magical realism, this book is thought provoking and mostly (surprisingly) believable. By the end I was cheering for Lucy wholeheartedly. I also like tt everything ddn't get all wrapped up in a pretty bow at the end. Lucy still has problems, but that makes her character realistic and likeable. I would definately ecommend her

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Recommended

    I enjoyed this book. It was slow at first, but I was always intrigued. Not an action packed book, but a good love story.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

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    The first 50 or so pages of the book didn't grab me, so I almost

    The first 50 or so pages of the book didn't grab me, so I almost moved it to Nook archives. But I did decide to give it a second try and I'm very glad I did. I found the book funny at times, but it also had me thinking about my own life, where I've been, where I am and where I'm going. Yes, the thought of having a Life recommended by your family and following you around is absurd as one reviewer mentioned, but the book is fiction. I say keep reading and enjoy not only the story, but how it makes you look at your own life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Great storyline!

    I'm starting to really like her sense of storytelling! I can definitely see this one being a movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2014

    Lucy is a wreak, but she can't/won't admit it. Her family sets h

    Lucy is a wreak, but she can't/won't admit it. Her family sets her up to meet her "life". Lucy does everything she can to avoid this confrontation, but "life" is too persistent.

    Three years ago, Lucy had life by the tail. She was in love with the perfect man, had a wonderful career, traveled, lived in a wonderful apartment and was HAPPY. Then, the wonderful man in her life and Lucy parted ways. Within 24 hours Lucy's dream life when to hell in a hand basket, and Lucy began lying to everyone about everything.

    Ahern has written a delightful, yet a bit confusing, story about meeting life and living it to the fullest. As always, her characters are well developed and you feel the passion and angst they feel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    EXCELLENT Read!

    Laugh out loud funny cute & romantic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Cute story

    This was a fun read. I really liked the allegory...it gave me something to think about. I would have given it more stars but there were too many f* bombs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Dont miss this gem!

    If you can open your mind to accept the idea that your life could materialize as separate entity, with whom you could develop a relationship, this book will be at least a real eye opener, or at best LIFE CHANGING.
    In either case, this is a well crafted, entertaining story of a young woman who seems bent to her own demise socially.
    Her friends and family see that she is headed for trouble and invite her life to come and help her. Her life appears as a man
    who tries to help her get back to her authentic self, the person she was before she began to lie to make her life seem simpler.
    She finds, of course, that lies make life more difficult, and
    relationships impossible.











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  • Posted June 7, 2014

    Good Beach Read

    Loved the twist of personifying her Life, overall a good book to take to the beach, or to while away an afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Farfetched plot, but creative and worth the read.

    Ridiculous, but funny. I really liked this book. Slow in the beginning, and I read the first couple pages over until I was sure of exactly was happening. I was not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Entertaining

    This novel was definitely entertaining and thoughtful. It gave me a lot to think about. I found myself drawn to the characters. I did not want to stop reading it.

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