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Book Review : In A Thousand Different Ways by Cecelia Ahern

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts about In A Thousand Different Ways by Cecelia Ahern.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09RPJ9YX9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (13 April 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1524 KB

Finding your way is never a simple journey…

Alice sees the worst in people.

She also sees the best.
She sees a thousand different emotions and knows exactly what everyone around her is feeling.
Every. Single. Day.

But it’s the dark thoughts.
The sadness. The rage.
These are the things she can’t get out of her head. The things that overwhelm her.

Where will the journey to find herself begin?

Book Review

I think this is one of the most ‘complete’ stories that I’ve read for a while.  What I mean by that … Alice is 8 when the story starts and we get to experience her whole life.  And because it’s written in the first person, I felt an attachment to her right away.

There’s always something motivating behaviours (for all of us!) and for Alice, it’s a lot more complex than a dysfunctional family.  She sees things differently which exhausts her.  This isn’t something made up, it’s real.  Although it affects the person I know in a different way.  If you’re a person who has this condition, I imagine you would take great comfort from Alice’s experiences. 

Older brother Hugh is a mainstay for her throughout her life.  Her relationship with her younger brother Ollie and her mum is complicated. 

When Hugh leaves for Uni, he tells her she needs to find a way to live with what she sees and feels but she puts her life on hold, giving up everything to be there for her mum.  Alice does wonder if she is hiding from life, scared to try or be anything in a world that shreds her sanity!   A key event gets her moving and the universe puts someone in her path to help her.

 I was rooting for Alice to find how she could have what she wanted from life.  There’s a mix of fab characters that build up or make life difficult. Cecelia Ahern clearly has a solid grasp on human nature (played out in all its shades in this story).

In A Thousand Different Ways pulls at your emotions from the beginning.  And that connection (for me) got deeper quite quickly.  I felt lows and highs, hope and despair!

If you enjoy unique character driven stories with heart that will make you laugh and cry, In A Thousand Different Ways should be on your radar.

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About the Author

Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Her novels have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold more than twenty-five million copies in over fifty countries. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You.

She lives in Dublin with her family.

Twitter @Cecelia_Ahern

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