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review 2017-07-12 11:05
Ich werde wohl nie ein Fan der Chic-Lit
P.S. Ich liebe Dich - Cecelia Ahern,Christine Strüh

Einst schwor ich, sollte mir jemals ein Chic-Lit-Roman begegnen, der mein Interesse weckt, würde ich ihm eine Chance geben. Im April 2017 ging ich an der Buch-Telefonzelle vorbei, die bei uns in der Nähe aufgestellt ist. Einem Impuls folgend schaute ich mir an, welche Bücher dort aktuell auf ein neues Zuhause warteten und hielt plötzlich „P.S. Ich liebe Dich“ von Cecelia Ahern in der Hand. Ich kannte die Geschichte bereits, denn vor Jahren hatte ich die Verfilmung mit Gerard Butler und Hilary Swank gesehen. Ich mochte den Film, also entschied ich meinem Vorsatz entsprechend, es mit dem Buch zu versuchen. Gekauft hätte ich es sicherlich nicht, aber da ich es umsonst ergatterte, fand ich, ich hätte nichts zu verlieren.

 

Man sagt, stirbt ein geliebter Mensch, stirbt ein Teil von uns mit ihm. Als Gerry starb, verlor Holly nicht nur ihren Ehemann, ihren besten Freund und ihren Seelenverwandten, sondern auch sich selbst. Sie weiß nicht, wie sie allein weiterleben soll. Gerry war ihre ganze Welt, die Sonne ihres Universums. Depression und Trauer haben sie fest im Griff. An den meisten Tagen findet sie nicht einmal die Kraft, aufzustehen. Doch ihr Angetrauter kannte seine Frau besser, als sie dachte. Nach seinem Tod erreicht Holly ein Päckchen, in dem sich 10 nach Monaten beschriftete Briefe befinden. Hollys Herz setzt beinahe aus, als sie Gerrys Handschrift erkennt. Jeder Brief enthält genaue Anweisungen; Aufgaben, die Holly Monat für Monat meistern soll. Zögernd, aber entschlossen, Gerrys Wünsche zu erfüllen, begibt sie sich auf die schwerste und beängstigendste Reise, die sie je unternehmen musste: den Weg zurück ins Leben.

 

Ich denke, ich habe durch „P.S. Ich liebe Dich“ herausgefunden, welches grundsätzliche Problem ich mit Chic-Lit habe. Doch bevor ich euch von dieser bahnbrechenden Erkenntnis berichte, erst einmal ein paar Worte zum Buch selbst. Für das richtige Publikum ist Cecelia Aherns Erfolgsroman garantiert die Erfüllung eines literarischen Traums. Die Idee, dass der verstorbene Gerry seiner Frau Briefe hinterlässt, um ihr zurück ins Leben zu helfen, ist ohne Zweifel süß und – so ungern ich das Wort gebrauche – romantisch. Gerry liebte Holly und kannte sie gut genug, um zu wissen, dass es ihr schwerfallen würde, sich eine Zukunft ohne ihn vorzustellen. Trauer lähmt. Cecelia Ahern illustriert diesen Fakt elegant, indem sie Hollys Umfeld große Veränderungen durchleben lässt, während sie selbst stillsteht. Um sie herum geht das Leben weiter, nur sie tritt auf der Stelle. Gerrys Tod versetzte sie verständlicherweise in eine Schockstarre, aus der sie erst die Briefe langsam befreien. Sie ist verblendet, vollkommen in ihrer Trauer versunken und nicht mehr in der Lage, sich selbst korrekt wahrzunehmen. Als sie sich in einem Film sieht, den ihr Bruder an einem feuchtfröhlichen Abend mit ihren Freundinnen drehte, ist Holly schockiert, wie unfassbar traurig sie nach außen wirkt. Sie glaubte, sich gut zu schlagen, dabei ist ihr ins Gesicht geschrieben, wie furchtbar unglücklich sie ist. Ahern versäumt es nicht, abzubilden, dass ein Verlust dieser Größenordnung durchaus hässliche Seiten hat. Holly ist selten eine würdevoll trauernde Witwe, oft überkommen sie giftige, eifersüchtige, ungerechte Gefühle und Gedanken, betrachtet sie das Glück ihres Freundeskreises. Ich fand ihren Trauerprozess insgesamt sehr realistisch beschrieben und hatte keinerlei Schwierigkeiten, jede der vier Phasen (nach Kast) zu erkennen und nachzuvollziehen. Trotz dessen berührte mich Hollys Leidensweg nicht in dem Maße, wie er es vermutlich sollte. Zu oft wurde ich daran erinnert, wie abhängig die junge Frau von ihrem Ehemann war. Das Frauenbild, das Holly verkörpert, widerspricht allem, was ich mir für mein Leben wünsche. Ohne Gerry hat Holly nichts: kaum Freunde, keine Hobbys, keinen Job und keinen Lebenssinn. Sie definierte sich über ihre Beziehung; es war ihr genug, Gerrys bessere Hälfte zu sein und er scheint sie nie dazu inspiriert zu haben, mehr erreichen zu wollen. Er ist an ihrer Hilflosigkeit nicht unschuldig, denn er ließ es zu, dass sie sich von ihm abhängig machte. Sie sah sich nie veranlasst, eine eigenständige Persönlichkeit zu entwickeln und steht deshalb jetzt vor der Mammutaufgabe, sich selbst zu erfinden. Ich konnte sie nur bedingt bemitleiden, weil ich das Gefühl hatte, ihre unbestreitbar schmerzhafte und grauenvolle Situation wäre leichter zu ertragen gewesen, hätte sie sich bereits weit vor Gerrys Tod ein eigenes Leben aufgebaut. Außerdem war mir der Druck, Holly bemitleiden zu müssen, viel zu stark. Ich denke, DAS ist mein Problem mit der Chic-Lit. Ich reagiere allergisch auf die allzu plakative Manipulation meiner Emotionen. Ich will Mitgefühl empfinden, weil die Figuren es verdienen, nicht, weil ich gezwungen werde. Ich will aus eigenem Antrieb weinen, nicht, weil ich keine andere Wahl habe. Zwang erstickt jegliches natürliche Gefühl im Keim.

 

„P.S. Ich liebe Dich“ ist ein gutes Buch. Das kann ich reinen Gewissens behaupten. Cecelia Aherns nahbarer Schreibstil liest sich leicht und flüssig; die Geschichte ist einfühlsam und psychologisch realistisch, wenn auch ein wenig kitschig, was ich allerdings erwartet hatte. Ich bereue nicht, es gelesen zu haben, obwohl mich der Film damals besser erreichte. Das wichtigste Ergebnis dieses Lektüre-Experiments ist für mich indes, verstanden zu haben, warum ich der Chic-Lit kaum etwas abgewinnen kann. Alle Autor_innen manipulieren die Gefühle ihrer Leser_innen. Das ist ihr Job als Geschichtenerzähler_innen. Autor_innen wie Cecelia Ahern jedoch spielen berechenbar und unverblümt auf der Klaviatur der Emotionen, was mir persönlich einfach nicht subtil genug ist. Kurz gesagt, ich möchte nicht merken, dass ich manipuliert werde. Daher werde ich vermutlich niemals ein Fan der Chic-Lit. Und das ist okay. Ich habe es versucht, herausgefunden, dass es mir nicht zusagt und die Gründe dafür analysiert. Fall abgeschlossen.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/cecelia-ahern-p-s-ich-liebe-dich
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review 2016-07-23 18:18
P.S. I still Love You Book Review
P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han

I had a big break from this book since I was waiting to get it back from the library. This series is just super cute. I really enjoyed Lara Jean and her family. The author does an excellent job making her very relatable.

 

Lara Jean is back and this time her relationship is real with Peter Kovinsky. Things are perfect though, she feels like her and Josh will never be the same and of course there's Gen to worry about. Lara has to make it through another year of high school, but at least this time she has Peter by her side.

 

These two together were very enjoyable to read. Its a quick and perfect summer romance. I have to say I think I liked the first one a little more. The second book does feel a bit repetitive and I almost like the "fake" relationship more than the real one.

 

Jenny Han just recently announced she'll be adding a third book to this series and I definitely will be reading it. The amount of times I see The Summer I turned Pretty series checked out makes me really want to read those as well.

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text 2015-07-02 15:14
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 337 pages.
P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han

Why isn't Peter trying to get Lara back by does it have to be her...but then again I can't remember how the first book ended even though I read it last week 

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url 2015-05-23 19:55
What Books Are You Most Excited to Read?

Hi, everyone! Today I've got another tag, this time to celebrate new releases -- or releases coming now/late summer/fall (or even later, with Passenger, which just made for an easy question). You can change the questions by putting in titles that you'd like to promote if you want. Mostly I just want to help promote these titles & bring your awareness to them, especially as a few of them are being released really soon!

Also feel free to answer as many of the questions as you'd like, whether that's only one or them all :). And and and! Feel free to interpret them as you like (e.g. Q1: not just tropes but characteristics of a fave; Q7: monsters on your feels as in favorites instead of psychological thrillers, etc.).

 

1. What makes you MORE HAPPY THAN NOT (in books)?
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera | Release Date: June 2, 2015

A book to anticipate!

So this question is actually the reason I started this tag. I received an email from SoHo Press about the #MoreHappyThanNot tour where people across social media were meant to answer: What Makes You More Happy Than Not? But I wanted to promote more than one book, and because I'm a cheeseball, I'd probably answer that my friends and family and the love and connections that I have make me more happy than not, so ANYWAY I figured that I would mention both the book & BOOKS in general.

So! What tropes make me happy in books? What elements are like "key words" to me to pick up the book? Alternatively, I could've interpreted this question to mean what sort of things make for favorite books - not necessarily tropes - but oh well. I was filming at midnight lol. Be glad I'm awake.

Essentially I said that the trope of the Hidden Identity was one of the things that I absolutely loved in fantasy when done well and two examples I give are: The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas & The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, the latter of which inspired ToG.

2. (I) MADE YOU UP: which fictional character do you wish was real?
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | Release Date: May 19, 2015
Read my second interview here.

I actually refilmed this question! I didn't like my first answer. So I gave two answers: if I were to interpret this question a la book boyfriend type, I'd say Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door because Nerdy Sweet Boy Next Door types = my fave. Also the kind of guy I'm probably going to end up with later in my life, as that seems to be my type hahaha.

But if I were to choose a best friend type, I'd go for Fire by Kristin Cashore. It upsets me a little when I see people complain about Fire's "hand-wringing." NGL, I judge people a little bit by how they react to this book / Fire as a main character. If they don't like the writing style or the book, totally fine. But if they think that Fire is somehow weak, my inner judgment meter rises a notch. I don't like being that person but hey, everyone has a character who's like that for them, no? And I admire Fire's quiet strength A LOT. I also love the way Cashore wrote a heroine who has extraordinary powers but who is not a Mary Sue at ALL.

3. In high school, you were THE BOY (/girl) MOST LIKELY to ...?
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Release Date: August 18, 2015
A book to anticipate!

My middle school actually had one of those yearbook category things. We all voted. I was in the "Best Eyes" category. Does it count if you're voted into something you're literally not responsible for having and/or doing? Lol, well, even if I weren't voted into that category in my middle school, I would've been voted into "Most Academic."

In high school, as arrogant as it sounds, probably Most Likely to Succeed as I did all those cliche things to pad my resume and was pretty high in rank for GPA/SAT/again all the cliche markers of "success" that don't actually mean much.

4. Which century would you like to be a PASSENGER to?
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | Release Date: January 5, 2016
A book to anticipate!

Well, if I had my choice, I wouldn't want to leave our century as women have historically been treated awfully and at least we may? be getting better.
 
But if I really had to time travel, which centuries am I most fascinated by? Well, even though the Victorian period has been used by so many books, I'm still fascinated by it. Also by the Romans, especially if I can just be a Passenger & leave that brutality by the end of the day.

5. P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU: which of your childhood reads gets this letter?
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | Release Date: May 26, 2015

I've been told that I read a lot when I was a kid, but I only vaguely remember reading. I remember reading what few Nancy Drew hardcovers there were. I remember a lot of other books on the shelf but not whether I read them. The real exception were those American Girl novels. I devoured them. They were my first exposure to diverse books, girls of different heritage or class and how they coped with the challenges presented to them. Don't remember if they were stereotypes, but I guess I would write that letter to them because they definitely also encouraged my enthusiasm for reading.

Also, lol, Harry Potter. #hpforlife

6. You're not a DUMPLIN' but a ...?
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy | Release Date: September 15, 2015
Read my review here.

Dumplin' is the main character's nickname, so this is a sort of "get to know you better" question. What nicknames do you have? Well, I'm a Chris, Stina, Xtina, Tina, Stinkle, Teenie, Teen, C, Cree Cree, Cokiri, Crystal, Kawthar. Probably more. Kawthar was given to me by my Arabic professor in college. For whatever reason, the other Arabic professor decided to give me another "Arabic name," but LOL Crystal is not Arabic. *shrug*

7. Which books are DELICATE MONSTERS on your feels?
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn | Release Date: June 9, 2015
Read my review here.

So, multiple ways to answer this question. Monsters on your feels as in your faves, or monsters on your feels like Kuehn's psychological thriller, heart-pounding & intense? I did the latter & recommended BLACK IRIS. You can read my review of that here :) but essentially: gorgeous, magical writing + dreamy atmosphere + unreliable narrator who says she's an unreliable narrator + total unpredictability + dark revenge + suspense = pulse-pounding AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
 
Like that formula?!?!?

A.) I seriously tag all of you. You don't need me to specifically tag you to do this but if you want, I will edit this post to mention you :)

B.) I tag Ameriie at Books Beauty Ameriie, Mel at the Daily Prophecy, Tara at Literally Tara, andAmber at Books of Amber.

C.) And I also tag all the people who I tagged in my Extraordinary Means tag because hey, if you didn't like the questions there, maybe you'll like them here & want to promote some upcoming new releases?

How would y'all answer these questions?
 
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review 2014-05-07 00:00
PS, I Love You
PS, I Love You - Cecelia Ahern I wanted to read this book ever since I had watched the movie (that was long ago) but ended up reading it now. Somehow I felt the movie and the book were totally different from each other except for the title and some characters. Anyway I felt the book was better because of my own reasons like, you learn more about all the characters and also the story would be in detail in a book rather than in a 2 hr movie.
About the book, I would say the author has done a great job. The characters she created seemed very real, well differentiated and were relatable as well. Some of situations were very heart touching, specially scenes concerning Holly’s loneliness, her and Gerry’s beautiful moments, their unfulfilled dreams. Holly was sometimes a bit too cranky and moody but it was quite natural the way she acted, I never felt her feelings were exaggerated even when she was jealous of her best friends, when they moved on with their lives and she was still fixed to her old memories.
Now what I didn’t like about the books was, it was too sluggish, also the letters from Gerry to Holly were too short, it could have been a bit longer and apart from that the other major let down was the ending which really didn't go well with the whole story. I mean after reading 400 pages it ended where it had started originally. That was something which didn’t go well with me. But overall it was good read the time spent with this book was worthwhile.
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