Title: The Girl in the Mirror
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2011
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This is my first novel by Cecilia Ahern. Yeah, I know. After her huge success with P.S. I Love You many years back, I have to be some special kind of an idiot to not have read anything by her. Yet, here we are. Regaaaaardless,
This little gem of a book containing two absolutely beautiful, grasping stories left me totally in love with the author. How can such power, such suspense, such strong emotion be wrapped inside a mere handful of pages is beyond my comprehension, really. I mean yes, I have read many short stories, most of them pretty amazing but all of them were by more classic writers. And even with all her merits as a writer, with all the hype surrounding her, I could not have guessed Cecilia Ahern to write such soulful words.
There’s absolutely NOTHING to not like in this pretty little heartthrob. It’s an essential for everyone. Everyone who loves books. And above all appreciates power packed stories.
Now let me break it down for you:
THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR
Lila knows how lucky she is to have found the man of her dreams. But when a secret from her family’s past comes to light on her wedding day, her destiny changes in the most unexpected of ways…
This is the first story. Divided in two episodes. One set in July 1992 when and the other in July 2010, tracking the maturity of little Lila.
LOVED IT FOR THE FOLLOWING:
- First off, the beginning with a dialogue always impresses me. It sort of sets the tone with exactly the right colours. Plays the tune with exactly the right key. It’s essential. (Not that all good books need to be started with a dialogue.)
‘Grellie, Grellie, I’m here.’ Lila knocked on the door, excitedly.
Tell me you did not get intrigued. Tell me you do not want to know why the hell is Lila so excited. Well, I ,for one, was. I still am so absorbed in the story. As it says on the book’s cover, it is ‘unforgettable’.
- The author also has a way of directing and employing the reader’s emotions and feelings just the she likes and wants. When Lila was trapped, I felt it was me around whom the walls, the darkness was closing in.
- The plot is so complete. Leaving nothing unanswered but at the same time not giving out everything at once. Such a short story and yet it paints a whole picture. Just the way any reader would want.
Here it is in my words:
What if there is a mirror and in it lives someone. Someone who is everything you are not. Someone who wants to be everything that you are. Someone who is bitter due to being trapped on the wrong side of the world for so long. Someone who will change the course of your life forever, set it on a path miles away from it’s original tracks.
Well, there you have it. Read the book to get all the answers because it will be cruel of me to risk anymore information. It would take away the suspense, the thrill. And surely, you don’t think me the sort who would, consciously, want to defeat the author’s purpose. Upon my naked word, I would not!
THE MEMORY MAKER
They say you never forget your first love. But what happens when those cherished memories start to fade? Some people would do anything to hold on to the past and, for one heartbroken man, that means finding a way to relive those precious moments…
Why is it that the most prized stories are the ones dealing with loss of someone? Where they let go of the ones they love without saying all the many things they wanted to say? Without seeing them for a last time? Without a last goodbye? A last kiss? Hearing their voice for the last time?
Because, once dead, they are ever alive in our memories. Once out of all sight, all sign of existence, they ache our hearts with a pain so intense! So real!
And that is the case with the protagonist. He is affected by a most haunting kind of memory. A most sickening kind of love. Such that we would not wish to be inflicted on anyone. And he wants to change it. But he cannot get himself to do it. And instead, his invention, the memory maker, is converted, to his displeasure, into a business. Because he knows what it means, making a memory superficially. It’s a facade. It doesn’t end the torment inflicted by the former one. It just clouds it. Making the unpleasant memories hard to remember. But what he doesn’t know is anything accompanied by strong emotions will eventually be real to you. Whether you want it or not. And this he discovers eventually. When he finds her. Not the one he’d lost. But the one he obviously needs.
This story, in a course of mere forty pages, left me emotionally worked up to a degree I had not intended nor expected. So much so that by the end, I found myself whispering the words through a choked throat. Experiencing each and every painful flashback that he goes through, the protagonist.
LOVED IT FOR EVERYTHING!
Plus, throughout the book, there were these pretty little drawings, I think by the author herself though I am not sure, which I absolutely adored. So cute. They added to the reader’s imagination in just the right intensity. In just the right proportions to give it all a mysterious air. Sweet.
In conclusion, I would recommend this to everyone. No matter your reading preferences. The most honest, the rawest emotions never change. They are ever inherent in us. Love and Loss. Both being the basis of our life. The start and finish of everything.