Book review – The Year I Met You

Hi everyone! Hope you are having an awesome day!
Today, I am going to do a book review on “The Year I Met You” by Cecelia Ahern. This is one of the first books that I have read and possibly one of the reasons why I fell in love with reading. (Please keep in mind that I wrote this review quite a few years ago but never got a chance to share it. :D)

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Author : Cecelia Ahern

Genre : Fiction, Romance

Publisher : HarperCollins
Publication date: October 9, 2014

Pages : 325

 

This book focuses mainly on Jasmine, a successful business woman. She is young and is definitely considered as a workaholic. She loves doing her job until one day she got fired and was forced to take one year’s gardening leave which meant that she would be paid but can’t work anywhere else and especially cannot join any competitive company. Jasmine is not the kind of person who could enjoy a year of holiday just chilling and relaxing but she felt that this was an opportunity for her to spend some time with her family and friends. For the first few weeks, she was able to stay relaxed and enjoy this time she had with her loved ones but as time passed, she was bored out of her mind.

What annoys her most is her neighbour, Matt, whose late-night rackets manage to wake the whole neighbourhood. Matt is a successful radio presenter and DJ who is put on a temporary leave for all the catastrophes he has caused in his radio station. Matt always comes home at a late hour in a drunken state and starts shouting at his house while blaring loud music in his car. Soon, his family moves out of the house leaving a spare key with Jasmine. Jasmine has despised Matt ever since he hosted an extremely heartless show revolving around Down Syndrome, a topic very important and close to her because her sister, Heather, has it.

I didn’t immediately become hooked on to this book as the beginning was quite long. However I became engrossed soon after and I found it rather captivating. We are able to see the close friendship between Jasmin and Heather and how protective Jasmine is of her sister. The gardening leave had made Jasmine immensely depressed but she was able to overcome this emotion. A very unlikely friendship blossoms between Jasmine and Matt and their late-night conversations along with another neighbour was always so interesting to read. Honestly speaking, I would say that I had really enjoyed reading this book. This was certainly a very thought-provoking story in the end.

Rating – 4/5

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My favourite quote from this book is –

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly…”

Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors and I have really enjoyed some of her other books. Flawed, written by her, has become one of my  favourites and if you want to read my review on it, click here.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it?

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