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The Year I Met You – Cecelia Ahern Review
When I look at you, your eyes are twinkling mischievously. It occurs to me that you like it that I dislike you, and in a sick way, I do too. Disliking you has given me something to focus on. Disliking you has become my full-time job.
Often dark and sometimes sinister. A story showing you can be surrounded by people, but yet still incredibly lonely.
Title: The Year I Met You
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Published: 9th October 2014
‘The Year I Met You’ is a story about Jasmine. A career driven, successful, independent woman – until she loses her job, and focuses her attentions on her neighbour, Matt. Matt’s seemingly on a mission to wreck his life and alienate everyone around him.
There’s no love story here, Jasmine HATES Matt, with every ounce of her being.
A slow starter, I wasn’t sure whether to expect a love story or a thriller, but the two main characters developed cleverly into a dysfunctional relationship.
Jasmine is the main character, with the reader seeing the world through her eyes.
A nice touch is how she calls Matt “You” throughout, rather than by his name.
As you turn the pages, you’ll see how Ahern manages to almost swap the personalities of Jasmine and Matt, as he becomes more stable and centred, Jasmine’s life crumbles and she loses grip.
Jasmine paints an awful picture of Matt, yet as the reader, you feel sympathy for him, and want Jasmine to see it too.
There are some really lovely moments in this story, seeing Jasmine’s relationship with her sister, I could feel the affection, and almost unhealthy protectiveness Jasmine has over her.
Jasmine’s relationship with Matt is often confusing, and I struggled to care about her apparent love interest, (Monday yes, that’s his name).
I was tempted to quit half way through, there were sections when not enough was happening, or I would tire of Jasmine’s self-pity.
Though I’m glad I saw it through to the end.
The conclusion is a good one, it just seems to take an awfully long time to get there.
Ahern has, in the past, written some parallel universe, almost fantasy style stories, so I did half expect something fantastical to appear half way through. It didn’t, The Year I Met You is more of a contemporary, run of the mill novel.
Other books by Cecilia Ahern include ‘P.S, I Love You’, ‘Where Rainbows End’ and ‘A Place Called Here’.
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