Thanks for the Memories

Thanks for the Memories

by Cecelia Ahern


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“[Ahern] gives us full permission to believe in magic.”

Redbook Magazine


One of the world’s most popular writers of women’s fiction—author of the beloved international bestseller, P.S. I Love You, basis for the popular film starring Hilary Swank—Cecelia Ahern now gives us Thanks for the Memories, a heartwarming tale of déjà vu and second chances. Reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Thanks for the Memories is a love story brimming with hope and feeling and enlivened with an enchanting touch of magic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061706240
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 748,181
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Thanks for the Memories 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
txaggieKR More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! Thanks for the Memories touches the heart in so many ways. I especially loved the relationship between Joyce and her father... I laughed out loud many times because of them :) It's a great read- you won't be disappointed!
sunshinePS More than 1 year ago
Her unique way of writing holds my attention. Love the quirky way she tells the story and her charachters are funny. Loved this book and would recommend to anyone. All her books I would recommend.
risuena More than 1 year ago
It's a fun quick pretty good summer read. I like that it's different, alittle far fetched, somehow trying to believe blood donations can also involve the sharing of memories and aspects of the donor's personality is difficult, but hey, it's a story. The close calls and timing of the two main characters definitely drive the pace. I was a little disappointed at the end, a tad anticlimatic. But overall, I enjoyed the way the author talked about loss and how people dealt with them whether it be physical separation, divorce, or death and how it affected people of all ages and different generations. I think my favorite character is the dad, and the main character's relationship with her father provides hope and lightens the story with their comedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting read. I found it to be very entertaining and humorous at times. It kept me reading wanting to know how it will work out for Joyce and Justin in the end. A worthwhile read. I will definitely check out other titles from this author. I have heard that there is some truth that people can experience some the things that Joyce did from receiving a blood transfusion from another person such as different tastes etc. Definitely worth the time spent reading this one.
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VirginiaGill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a delight! Ahern's P.S. I Love You is one of my favorite books, Thanks for the Memories is the first of her books since that have captured me the same way. I enjoyed every page and will definitely be recommending it to friends. A great read that poses lots of interesting questions. Would make a fun book club read.
tandah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A guilty pleasure read, really enjoyed the father daughter relationship but found Justin to be a selfish sook.
birdsam0610 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After my recent spate of unfinished reads, I was really unsure what to read. I wanted to read something that I would definitely like. I enjoyed both The Gift and P.S. I Love You so I thought I¿d give this book a go.This book tells the story of Joyce, who recently had a miscarriage and Justin, who recently gave blood. Can you guess the ending yet? Joyce and Justin keep meeting seemingly randomly as Justin becomes obsessed with who he gave blood to. Joyce is reliving memories that definitely don¿t belong to her as well as suddenly having a taste for architecture and meat¿ Will they ever meet up?What was interesting about this book was the two viewpoints- Joyce in first person and Justin in third person. But I think the best thing was the supporting characters- Joyce¿s father, Justin¿s daughter and Joyce¿s friends- they were engaging, quirky and interesting.The ending is interesting- not what I¿d thought it would be- but the epilogue was a bit predictable. The writing is accessible (you won¿t need a dictionary) and the storyline passable (although I really hope nobody is deterred from donating blood in the thought that they¿ll pass on their memories). My copy had a Q & A with the author in the back in which she discusses her books being explained as `modern fables/fairytales¿. I would certainly agree with this! It¿s not preachy, but also this didn¿t engage my entire brain. If you haven¿t read Cecelia Ahern before, I would recommend P.S. I Love You for a weepy chick lit or The Gift for a better example of a modern fable.
KC9333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strong start that lost its way
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 2000, a movie was released with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny starring in it titled Return to Me. As a read Thanks for the Memories, I kept thinking I was reading the text version of that movie (even though there were some differences, it was very similar).This book is based on the theory that the blood being pumped from one person's heart and then used for the purpose of blood infusions is enough to impart knowledge, feelings, likes and dislikes and memories. Pretty far-fetched, but it makes for a pretty, feel-good, emotional story.. which was what I was in the mood for or this review wouldn't be nearly as positive as it's going to be.I was in desperate need of something "chick lit" and this book gave me just that. It was a feel good story, despite the sorrow that started it out, and it made me laugh out loud and enjoy reading again. If you are looking for a good summer beach read, I'd highly recommend this book. Cecelia Ahern lives up to the hype of her previous books and really delivers with this story.
njmom3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun and at times funny book. Easy casual read.
maryjomac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading. Not my favorite of her books but still good.
jcelrod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the Memories kept me mostly entertained while reading but overall, it felt quite contrived a lot of the time. The suddenness with which Joyce began experiencing the 'side-effects' of her blood transfusion felt incredibly jarring and I couldn't shake the feeling that Justin was a mostly unlikeable character. Not one of Ahern's best, unfortunately.
WillowOne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a woman who receives a blood transfusion and starts having memories & characteristics of the person who donated blood.This was a wonderful book! I have only read one Cecilia Ahern book that I wasn't thoroughly in love with and this wasn't it. I literally did not want to put the book down. I kept giving my husband updates on the progress in the book. He became interested and would ask me detailed questions. We both think it would make a wonderfully touching and funny movie.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the Memories is another "Sleepless in Seattle" type of story, but set in Dublin, so it has an Irish flavor to it. Joyce Conway falls down the stairs and loses the baby she is carrying. This is the final blow for her marriage to Conor, since the possibility of a child was all that was holding it together. It also means that, after her hospitalization, she cannot bring herself to go back to her house where she had a nursery set up. She moves in with her dad, a very likeable old Irish guy who pretends to be a bit more addled than he actually is.There is another way in which Joyce¿s life changes. While she was in the hospital, she needed a transfusion of blood. At the same time, Justin Hitchcock, a divorced American who is guest lecturing in Dublin on art and architecture, is talked into donating blood, and his blood goes to Joyce.As Joyce recovers from her accident, she finds that she suddenly has acquired knowledge and memories that aren¿t her own and can¿t be explained. Since the story of Joyce and Justin are told in parallel, the reader can see that the two lives are now entangled; Joyce even gets achy after Justin works out at the gym.Some of the transferring that goes on from Justin¿s life to Joyce¿s is just plain silly. It seemed to me to be an interesting idea that was just taken way too far. On the positive side, Joyce¿s dad is absolutely delightful, and the relationship he has with his daughter is endearing. Evaluation: If you can overlook the excesses of the Justin and Joyce story and focus on the other parts of the book, it¿s quite a rewarding read. I enjoyed it in spite of itself!
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why I keep reading Cecilia Ahern. Her writing is simplistic, verging on sophomoric, but her plots have an undeniable sitcom-like energy (probably attributable to the Christina Applegate show she co-created). In this story, a blood donor and recipient predictably come together, with some amusement along the way. I might read her next book, but with some reservations.
calexis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those of you who haven't had a chance to read a Cecelia Ahern book, well you're missing out for sure. Her books take you away into another world, despite the fact that her locations are pretty much set in reality. But the things that happen to these ordinary people are magical and it makes you believe that magic is really present in the world.Although the mysteries are never really explained, that's part of its wonder. It doesn't really matter how his blood connects his memories to her. It's the fact that it does. And the fact that they both respond to it and each other that really matters. Definitely pick up this book if you haven't done so already. I recommend Cecelia Ahern to any reader who believes in magic and love and everything in between.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Justin Hitchcock is a guest professor at Trinity College in Dublin. He's afraid of needles, but is cajoled into giving blood during a drive by an attractive doctor in a vee-necked top. A month later, elsewhere in Dublin, Joyce (is there any other name for someone in Dublin?) takes a spill at home that requires hospitalization. After her hospital stay, with her own marriage failing, she moves back in with dear, old dad and the real fun begins. First, Joyce begins having odd senses of deja vu and dreams of a family she's sure she doesn't know. Many coincidences follow, culminating in the eventual meeting of Justin and Joyce. The story really hums though, with the relationship portrayed between Joyce and her dad, it's priceless. The pair muddle along without their wife/mother Gracie, although she is never far from the action. Their's is a delightful story.At first, I thought I was in for a long, Marian Keyes style Irish family saga, but I perserverd and was rewarded with a completely wonderful and surprising read! I will never look at blood donation or Antiques Roadshow in quite the same way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curious,funny and romantic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, cute charming all the way through,funny keeps you guessing Does She, Does He?
Fancygrl68 More than 1 year ago
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the Memories is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Cecelia Ahern. This book has a bit of magical realism added to it that gave it a pretty unique storyline. Imagine having a blood transfusion and suddenly being linked to the donor and vice versa. Pretty unreal, huh? Overall, I thought Thanks for the Memories was fun, sweet, and creative. But...Ms. Ahern took the slow lane on the highway just to go to the corner store in my opinion. This would have been the perfect plot for a short story versus a full-length novel. It's slow-going and long and I felt it for sure. I won't be reading this for a second time but it was an OK read overall. I had to add a star to my initial 2-star rating because you know it's Cecelia Ahern ♥ My favorite quote: “We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.”
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Enjoyed this book. Characters were flawed and easy to relate to. Great plot if slightly unbelievable.