Wednesday, July 24, 2013

PS. I Love You Book Review

Or What I Really Wear When I Read


 

I've decided that I'm going to try to make weekly book reviews a thing here. I've read a lot of books  in my life, and many of them were really good. Since I'll continue to read for as long as I can, there will always be  books to talk about. I also plan to try to pair an outfit with each book. Either what I was wearing when I read it, or what it inspired me to wear after I read it. This outfit is a little of both.

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I'm wearing Gilly Hicks Sweatpants, Enough Is Enough Tee from Sevenly, White Converse, Kate Spade Glasses.

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On My Face: Kate Spade Glasses, Lancome Teint Visionnaire in 100n, Nars Concealer in Vanilla, YSL Babydoll Mascara and Benefit Girl Meets Pearl. I'm actually only wearing makeup because I'm testing this Foundation and Mascara to see if I want to buy the full sizes. You'll find out in a future haul if I do or not.
My Hair: Pulled into a Messy Bun with an Emi-Jay Hair Tie, I love these hair ties.

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And a very beat up and loved copy of PS. I Love You.

If you're wondering why I chose this for the example of what I wore when I read this book, when it's such a long book, well that's because I've read this book so many times and I read fast even when I don't know the material that I finished rereading it in 4 hours. I actually took these pictures before I started reading, which is why my makeup isn't destroyed.

If you're wondering why I was inspired to wear this well that brings us to the review, and that box of Puffs also pictured. The start of this book is sad. It's heartbreaking. It's about the first year or so of a widow's life after her husband dies and how she recovers from the loss. She's relatively close to my age, and I'm married so her loss really effects me. This is one of the few books and movies that make me cry. Like actual tears and everything (lets see how that mascara really holds up! BTW it's not waterproof.) So I tend to wear something cozy and relaxed whenever I decide it's time to reread this book.

It's sort of really hard to review this book with out giving too much away, but I'll try.  The book focuses on Holly, who is left a widow just a bit before turning 30, when it's discovered her husband Gerry has a brain tumor. She's an absolute mess until she receives the List from Gerry. Something they had only joked about before and here he'd actually gone and done it. One envelope a month with a task to help her get through the rest of the year. As the year goes on you see Holly begin to heal. To learn that there is a life for her without Gerry.

I think the subject of this book could have made it all too heartbreaking, and while that still would have made for a good book, I think the way that the author, Cecelia Ahern, tackles it with humor makes it easier to swallow. The whole book is both funny and sad at the same time. There were parts that made me both laugh and cry and I couldn't tell you if it was because I was so sad for Holly or if it was because it was all just so funny.

I honestly love this book. I've read it so many times now, it's more like a comfortable old friend, rather than just a story. Even though I know what's coming as I turn the pages, I still laugh in all the same places and cry at all the saddest bits. I usually pick this up to read when I'm feeling a bit low, and by the next morning I'm already feeling much better.

Bonus: The movie version has what is by far my all time favorite movie quote: Ciara "Are you drunk?" Holly "No." "Ciara "Well do ya wanna be?"