Book Review: If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”
A magical tale by one of the best creator of fiction love Cecelia Ahern.
‘If you could see me now’ is about Elizabeth who’s serious responsible and stuck in a small romantic Irish town, which bears not a hinge of interest for the placid-thinking Elizabeth, with her 6 year old nephew Luke.
The abandonment of her free-spirited mother in early age has made her look and think far from her age while on the other hand Saoirse, her younger sister, is replica of her mother. She left her newborn son in charge of Elizabeth and left to live life to its fullest, though she comes back time to time in her life for favors.
Then there is Ivan, he is and isn’t at the same time, well the hero (My most favorite of all other fictitious heroes) is an imaginary friend.
Ivan is a citizen of the Imaginary World where there are fairies and friends always present to help disturbed children. But as the tale proceeds its not only Luke who needs a friend.
Ivan soon realises that Elizabeth can feel his presence, the more she gets deep into depression the she feels him. At last there comes time when she could see him but not as Luke’s imaginary friend. They both go out and spend time together changing and transforming each other, completing themselves. Elizabeth smiles down to the life that she had around her forever, she allows herself to finally feel the pull of love thats greater than gravity.
At that point the task that was given to Ivan is complete. He has done what he was sent for, mending the lives of his friends. Opal, Ivan’s boss feels the change in him and reminds him that their Love is as imaginary as him.
Eventually there comes a time when Elizabeth stops seeing Ivan and he is again invisible to her (a major heartbreak).
Somehow they both carry on with their lives, transformed into something better,
But Elizabeth Remains His Favorite Friend.
“Don't ever take for granted when people look in your eyes; you have no idea how important it is to be acknowledged. Even if it's an angry stare, because it's when they ignore you, when they look right through you, that you should start worrying.”
“I think I wished for you all of my life.”
The Happily Ever After is not what you expect but here it comes in a style that only Ahern can write.
If you could see me now is something beyond words. The love and the feel of this outstanding book is everlasting. The fiction within the fiction is so real that makes you believe the stories of childhood and relive them with a new dimension.
This book is special, as special as every small moment of happiness in life is. This book is not about Elizabeth or Ivan, but this is a story of how angels are sent down to bring people back to life. It is lovestory that doesn’t need any place or time to survive, only a moment of realisation will do.
If I let go without writing about the moment of separation, it remains incomplete. Ahern has given words to the feel of leaving your loved one alone and watching them as they go on with their lives, living the dreams that you saw together. It is that time when you wish that They could see you now,
The air of magical romance of a small Irish town mixed up with an unforgettable Lovestory that one can ever get hands on to,
“If you love something, let it go. if it was meant to be, it will come back to you.”
I left my heart in the last page of the book where Ivan watches Elizabeth and Luke happy with their lives.
So I would rate this epic tale:
Reviewed by Adina Farid
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