P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
This book is several years old, but I had never heard of it until I saw a commercial for the movie. The commercial made me want to read the book. I picked it up at the post office and suddenly it became my first book of the year. The short synopsis is that Holly and Gerry were in love and making a life together. Holly loses Gerry to a brain tumor. She is forced to go on alone. Holly is aided in this journey by Gerry’s letters left for her. I enjoyed P.S. I Love You as much as I had hoped that I would. The characters are introduced as subtly as being hit by a bus. You just jump right into a very emotional point in their lives. But throughout the book, each character is revealed and examined in many contexts and layers. I will admit I cried more during this book than any other book that I have ever read. I cried every time I picked it up, but thankfully I laughed through my tears during some of it. It is about love, grief, family, but more than anything else, I think it is a book about moving on with life after loss.
I would recommend this book. Just make sure that you have some tissues readily available.