How To Fall In Love Book Review

How To Fall In Love

Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: HarperCollins
Released: April 10th, 2014
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Characters: Christine, Adam Basil, …

Synopsis (Goodreads) :

Christine Rose is crossing the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin late one night when she sees a stranger, Adam, poised to jump. Desperate to help, she talks him into a reckless deal: if he gives her two weeks – till his 35th birthday – she’ll prove that life is worth living.

But as the clock ticks and the two of them embark on late-night escapades and romantic adventures, what Christine has really promised seems impossible…

My Review :

I’ve read 2 of Cecelia Ahern’s books previously and I loved them so so much. Both The Book of Tomorrow and Love, Rosie were brilliant! However, when I picked How To Fall In Love, I know this book was going to be something that I’d not enjoy as much and it was proven right. but it was not entirely bad for me.

“Moments are precious; sometimes they linger and other times they’re fleeting, and yet so much could be done in them; you could change your mind, you could save a life and you could even fall in love.”
― Cecelia Ahern, How to Fall in Love

Firstly, the characters are not the kind that I’ll be able to relate to. Their age range was much older which is in 30s, they are basically adults and thus sometimes I find myself not being able to understand them as much as the ones in the YA books I usually read. I also found myself struggling to like Christine (main character). I like the fact she fought for her feelings and her freedom and got divorce because she knew there was no love between her husband and her but her motive in helping Adam got diverted, I somehow didn’t find that was totally romantic. I felt it was something that should’t be done. But again, the whole book is somewhat related to romance, thus that’s why many people fall in love with this book and the whole journey of how Christine and Adam fell in love with one another is just so beautiful for most readers. Nevertheless, all the characters were given very distinct personality and I love the variety.

“I loved him, you know, but I have a theory about love. I think that, however good it is, some love isn’t meant to be for ever.”
― Cecelia Ahern, How to Fall in Love

I also like the concept of the book, a woman in her 30s trying to help those who tried to commit suicide, which is fascinating. Plus, the usage of the self help quotes and what not is also interesting for me. The story developed well and I could see how the plot changed and how the characters’ feelings developed, which is a nice thing to experience. The ending was cliche I assumed, but I like this kind of cliches. It was a cute ending, one can’t help but to smile from ear to ear when it gets to the ending of the book.

“Life is a series of moments and moments are always changing, just like thoughts, negative and positive. And though it may be human nature to dwell, like many natural things it’s senseless, senseless to allow a single thought to inhabit a mind because thoughts are like guests or fair-weather friends. As soon as they arrive, they can leave, and even the ones that take a long time to emerge fully can disappear in an instant.
― Cecelia Ahern, How to Fall in Love

For a romance book, I feel like Cecelia had done a great job. But it is not the kind of romance that I’m too crazy with, it was okay-ish for me, perhaps because I don’t like the idea of how Christine and Adam fell in love so much. Simply just because I couldn’t relate to it. So, there’s no need to listen to me. I’m just trying to express how I feel about this book. You could definitely get this book if you’re into romance, you might end up liking it. 🙂

Rating : 3.5 / 5 stars


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