Harper Collins £10.99
Cecelia Ahern's 'PS, I Love You' may fall into the chick lit genre but, even though there's little here to tax the brain, its message is a strong one.
The central premise is good. Holly's husband Gerry leaves her a set of monthly tasks to help her get her life in order after his untimely death. Over ten months, she learns to laugh again and to assert her independence, while holding onto her memories.
There is no doubt that Ahern has talent. She has written a tale that is both funny and emotional. Particularly tender are the scenes involving Gerry. His determination to help Holly get on with her life after he is gone is touching. The sadness never becomes too maudlin though, as some good one-liners and memorable scenes keep you smiling.
There are some elements that don't ring true. Much of the tale revolves around getting drunk, Holly getting her roots done and shopping, all of which make parts of the story seem vacuous and immature. These are the moments where the author's lack of life experience are glaringly obvious and we are left to wonder what the book could have been if Ahern had waited a few years and let both the idea and her writing mature.