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Book Review: A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: A Place Called Here
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Pages: 485
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Harper Collins

What happens when you have heard praises about a particular book, especially from one of your literary intellectual friends who usually reads non-fiction but still recommends a fiction to a fiction-lover like me? It definitely raises very high expectations. That is what happened with A Place Called Here, where reading the first  few pages, I was irritated with what the protagonist wanted to achieve by searching where all lost things or people for that matter are. Oh, by the way, my friend gifted this book to me along with two surprisingly beautiful bookmarks. Imagine my grin from ear to ear!

The book in itself is good, and the story is of a magical world. It picks up the tempo (yes, you got it right) after first few pages when Sandy Shortt herself gets lost. One quote that I truly loved in the book is the line said by Sandy to Jack during their conversation about a missing person – “I can only assume that there’s only one thing more frustrating than not being able to find someone, and that’s not being found. I would want someone to find me, more than anything.” In our realistic world, this points remarkably to find oneself and at least one person to help one find themselves. And that things will keep on getting lost and people will suddenly vanish from your life, with their memories slowly fading away, but it’s important to keep your sanity together and be with the ones who love you currently.

The book reminded me of a TV series I had watched once “Once upon a time”. However, probably it being a TV series and not confined to a limited number of pages, linked together why a particular town was cut off from rest of the world and how people from outside world knew nothing about that magical place. Here, in the book, the story had too many loose ends. Hoping that there is going to be a sequel to plug in the gaps.

But for the romantic (not only the love kinds, but who wishes magical world to exist), do give this book a try! I liked the book somehow, so I am probably still a romantic, good or bad, let’s leave it for you to decide!

Book blurb:
Ever wondered where lost things go?

Ever since the day her classmate vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something – or someone – disappears. Finding has become her goal.

Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother who vanished into thin air a year ago. He spots an ad for Sandy’s missing persons agency and is certain that she will answer his prayers and find his brother.

But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known. Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home.

About the author:
Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern studied Journalism at university. Her first novel, PS, I Love You, became an instant international bestseller and was adapted into a major movie. Her subsequent novels have also all been bestsellers. When she’s not busy writing novels, Cecelia also writes for TV and the stage. Her books are published in 46 countries and have sold over 13 million copies. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Twitter: @Cecelia_Ahern
Website: cecelia-ahern.com

Rating: 7/10
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