LOL Rating: ROFLMAO!
Thanks for the Memories was one of the most delightful books I've ever read! For me, it's an instant favourite and one of the best novels I've read this year.
Cecelia Ahern has a remarkable way of writing that is both thoughtful but at the same time, incredibly joyful. Life as one of her characters may not be easy but they have the uncanny ability to laugh even in their darkest of moments. There are so many quotes I would like to write down from this novel. So many beautiful words.
There's nothing in this novel that I would change - no little points that irked me, nothing that detracted from the pure pleasure of reading it. So instead, I'm just going to list for you all the things I loved.
1) The father. He's the funniest, sweetest, most lovable old man and I really wish I could adopt him as my Grandfather. Almost every time I laughed out loud whilst reading this (and there were quite a few times) it was because of something Henry had said or done. There's a scene at the airport and another in the hotel room that really did have me crying with laughter. Combine this hilarity with Henry's ability to surprise you with his wisdom and sensitivity and you have one of the most endearing literary characters I've ever read.
2) The love story. This book had the same *sigh effect* of the best romance novels. It was beautiful and so romantic! Two characters who are perfect for one another mixed with just the right amount of magic/fate.
3) The entire cast of supporting characters. Doris and Al. Kate and Frankie. Even Bea and Sarah. They behaved precisely how real friends and family do in a crisis - offering their love and support with a liberal dose of their own opinions. The environment that the main characters played out their story was rich with it's own hilarity and drama. These people were completely flawed but completely funny.
I could go on...and on...and on about all the things I loved about this book but instead I'll some it up by saying that after Cecelia Ahern books, I am a devoted fan. This is definitely my favourite of her novels so far.