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From the bestselling author of P.S. I Love You and Love, Rosie, Cecelia Ahern, comes an enchanting novel that leads you to wonder if Not Seeing is believing! Readers and critics alike adore Cecelia Ahern for her lighthearted yet insightful stories about modern women and their often unusual situations. In If You Could See Me Now, she takes that theme a step further, offering From the bestselling author of P.S. I Love You and Love, Rosie, Cecelia Ahern, comes an enchanting novel that leads you to wonder if Not Seeing is believing! Readers and critics alike adore Cecelia Ahern for her lighthearted yet insightful stories about modern women and their often unusual situations. In If You Could See Me Now, she takes that theme a step further, offering us a heroine who is entirely believable, and the new man in her life who is, well, slightly less so. Elizabeth Egan's life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It's how she counteracts the chaos of her family—an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother's footsteps, leaving her own six-year-old son, Luke, in Elizabeth's care. When Ivan, Luke's mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesnt know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth's eyes to a whole new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real? If You Could See Me Now is a love story with heart—and just a touch of magic.


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From the bestselling author of P.S. I Love You and Love, Rosie, Cecelia Ahern, comes an enchanting novel that leads you to wonder if Not Seeing is believing! Readers and critics alike adore Cecelia Ahern for her lighthearted yet insightful stories about modern women and their often unusual situations. In If You Could See Me Now, she takes that theme a step further, offering From the bestselling author of P.S. I Love You and Love, Rosie, Cecelia Ahern, comes an enchanting novel that leads you to wonder if Not Seeing is believing! Readers and critics alike adore Cecelia Ahern for her lighthearted yet insightful stories about modern women and their often unusual situations. In If You Could See Me Now, she takes that theme a step further, offering us a heroine who is entirely believable, and the new man in her life who is, well, slightly less so. Elizabeth Egan's life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It's how she counteracts the chaos of her family—an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother's footsteps, leaving her own six-year-old son, Luke, in Elizabeth's care. When Ivan, Luke's mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesnt know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth's eyes to a whole new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real? If You Could See Me Now is a love story with heart—and just a touch of magic.

30 review for If You Could See Me Now

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    What did I think? WHAT DID I THINK?! Well, if I told you that I sat on the bed and cried exactly like this for about five to ten minutes after I'd closed the book, does that put it in perspective for you? Front Cover. I really, really liked the front cover for 'If You Could See Me Now', it was simple, natural, and actually depicts a huge part in the book. When I first saw it I thought it was lovely anyway because I love the thought of making a wish with dandelions and then blowing them to What did I think? WHAT DID I THINK?! Well, if I told you that I sat on the bed and cried exactly like this for about five to ten minutes after I'd closed the book, does that put it in perspective for you? Front Cover. I really, really liked the front cover for 'If You Could See Me Now', it was simple, natural, and actually depicts a huge part in the book. When I first saw it I thought it was lovely anyway because I love the thought of making a wish with dandelions and then blowing them to watch your wish float away on the breeze, but you don't truly understand the power of the front cover until you have read the book. What I love about Ahern's cover is that she hasn't gone over the top with it. With so many ideas and themes floating around in the book, she could have gone absolutely mental! But she didn't, thank god! And I think she achieved the desired effect, without a doubt! The book's about... So, the book is set in a small town in Ireland and is about a woman, named Elizabeth. Elizabeth grew up with a dysfunctional family. Her mother wanted to be a free spirit, she couldn't cope with staying in one place for too long. She wanted to go on her own little adventures, to explore and not be rooted to the same place forever. Elizabeth's father never questioned this, he only wanted his wife to be happy, even if it meant he was left on his own to look after Elizabeth for days on end. Elizabeth was not an only child though. Oh no. Her mother also gave birth to another little girl, named Saoirse, which, after looking into it, means freedom in Irish Gaelic. And true to the name, that is what she is. As their mother disappears once again, their father is left to care for both of them, cradling and nursing Saorise to hush her crying. When it all gets too much, their father hands Saoirse over to Elizabeth, and she brings her baby sister up herself. Now, Elizabeth is the foster parent of Saoirse's six year old son Luke. Elizabeth ended up growing up into a stern young woman. With her mother constantly absent and only dropping in and out when she felt like returning to the nest, Elizabeth missed out on what it's like to be truly loved by a mother. Now, with little experience of love and affection, Elizabeth tries her damned hardest to bring Luke up in the best way she knows. With her constant cleaning, coffee rituals and lack of humour, Elizabeth is beginning to wonder where she goes from here. Her sister Saoire never did grow out flying, just like their mother. She uses Elizabeth's car whenever she feels like it, drinks until the sun comes up and is happy to leave her little boy in the care of her sister, rather than taking on the responsibility herself. One day, after Elizabeth has just seen Saoirse, once again, get into her car and drive off, she slumps down at the kitchen table and sips her coffee. Suddenly, she hears the sound of Luke mumbling to himself in his toy room. It turns out that Luke has created his own imaginary friend, known as Ivan. In fact, Luke didn't create Ivan, Ivan found Luke. Little does Ivan know, his world is about to turn upside down, and not because of Luke. As Ivan begins to become more and more enthralled by Elizabeth, they are sent on a journey together that will change both of their lives. Forever. The Characters Were... The characters were fantastic! Elizabeth is the perfect face of a headmistress. She's so stern, never laughs, always wears dull colours, has her hair tightly pulled back, and thinks life, for her, is going nowhere. As a struggling interior designer, she's finding it hard to find any inspiration, and work for that matter. Until, a hotel is being built in the area and she decides to apply for the position. What I didn't like about Elizabeth was the fact that she let so many opportunities go because Saoirse was in some sort of trouble. But I guess that's family for you. You learn that she would break her back just to help her sister or her father. She really needs some fun in her life, some laughter, some excitement, something magical... Saoirse annoyed the hell out of me! Gr! As much as I understand the need for people to get away from their worries and problems sometimes, this woman just took it too far! Yes. She's probably learned from the best (her mother mainly) that it's okay to ditch all of her responsibility and just fly away to wherever you want and be free as a bird. But, really? Are you going to leave your son under your sister's supervision because you can't be bothered, and you're too busy running around all over the place and acting like an immature teenager! I mean, honestly! She's lying on the hills in the small village, drinking underneath the sky and running away with groups of hippies, while her sister is struggling to bring up her son in a life that's not sure what it wants to do with her! GOD DAMN IT SAOIRSE! What is wrong with you!?! And the way she speaks to Elizabeth? I felt so sorry for that poor woman, she's got a whole load of stuff weighing down on her shoulders, and Saoirse just keeps swanning in and out like a f*cking fairy! Urgh. I don't like her.. Sit down Saoirse, just sit the f*ck down and shut up. Luke was an awesome six year old boy, just plodding along, regardless of the mess that his mother has made. He's just a normal six year old I think, playing with his toys, laughing at silly jokes and, I think, just wanting to be cuddled and told "I love you". He is the one who Ivan links on to, and who helps Elizabeth realise that she can love, she doesn't realise that she has it in her. Now, out of all of the characters in this book, this guy has to be my ultimate favourite! Ivan is the imaginary friend, although I have to add, it really annoys him when people refer to him as imaginary or invisible. Damn, he hates that! Ivan is an awesome guy. He comes into Luke's and Elizabeth's life just when they need a little bit of colour brought into their dull, grey world. He's a converse wearing, friendly and lovable guy, who really knows how to cheer people up, even when they don't want to smile. Did The Author Pull It Off? I think Cecelia Ahern pulled it off extremely well! There's so much magic and creativity hidden inside this book, it really makes you smile! :) Surely There Must Have Been One Bad Point? The only bad point was that stupid b*tch Saoirse. Gr. Final Thoughts. I was crying. I was laughing. I was crying some more. And then I heard myself saying, "I believe..." ;)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karolina

    I thought I'd make it simple and just list a few facts about If You Could See Me Now: 1. It is not a typical romance novel. 2. It is not to everyone's taste. 3. It's written for people with imagination. 4. It has made me laugh and cry in the most unexpected way. 5. It's 'sprinkled with magic'. 6. It taught me that sometimes you just need to let go and simply enjoy. 7. It is an indescribably touching story. 8. It made me want to have Ivan as best friend, if only for few days. I thought I'd make it simple and just list a few facts about If You Could See Me Now: 1. It is not a typical romance novel. 2. It is not to everyone's taste. 3. It's written for people with imagination. 4. It has made me laugh and cry in the most unexpected way. 5. It's 'sprinkled with magic'. 6. It taught me that sometimes you just need to let go and simply enjoy. 7. It is an indescribably touching story. 8. It made me want to have Ivan as best friend, if only for few days.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read Ahern's first book, P.S. I Love You, and despite the only reason she probably got it published is because she's the Irish PM's daughter, it was a cute book with a sweet premise. I didn't like this book as much. Now I have no problem with stretching my imagination, but at least the reasons for what's happening is usually explained. I'm probably going to spoil this book, but I'm not going to bother with spoiler tags because the book isn't even worth reading anyway! However, if you do want t I read Ahern's first book, P.S. I Love You, and despite the only reason she probably got it published is because she's the Irish PM's daughter, it was a cute book with a sweet premise. I didn't like this book as much. Now I have no problem with stretching my imagination, but at least the reasons for what's happening is usually explained. I'm probably going to spoil this book, but I'm not going to bother with spoiler tags because the book isn't even worth reading anyway! However, if you do want to read it, I'd advise not to read anymore of this review! You've been warned! Okay, so we're introduced to 34 year old Elizabeth who is a perfectionist with a Type A personality. Her mom left the family when she was little and she has a younger sister who's a binge drinker, so she's adopted her six year old nephew. And one day Ivan comes into her life. Now here's the kicker: Ivan is an imaginary friend! At first only her nephew can see him (and btw, I thought it was a bit creepy that a man who looked to be in his 30s wanted to play with a little boy, even though he wasn't any age, but still...ewww). Then Elizabeth starts to see him, (she thinks he's the father of her nephew's friend) only she doesn't know he's invisible, and of course nobody else can see him, so they all think she's crazy, but she doesn't even suspect anything which is clue #1 of how stupid she is. Now at first, I thought Ivan wasn't real, that was all in her mind, kind of like in Fight Club, but I'd be giving Ahern too much credit...but nope...he was actually an invisible person who worked with these other imagainary friends. It was so stupid, it's not explained why or how. Plus Ivan is the most annoying person - he throws paint on Elizabeth, he wakes her up at 6 am (ugh) with an annoying rooster call, and he speaks backwards. He acts like a child, pretty much. So why she falls in love with him, I don't know. (She must have looked pretty stupid when everybody saw her kiss an invisible man). So yes, I thought the book was really stupid with irritating characters. Ahern also learns not to use the same phrases over and over. She used "they said the word like a disease" THREE times. She also did that in P.S. I Love You where everyone "rolled their eyes to the heavens." But I would recommend that book to this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amira

    This was my first Cecelia Ahern read and I sincerely hope it won't be my last because it was just so amazing. The concept of the novel was so beautiful and innocent. When I read the blurb, I had no idea there was a sense of magic about it. I just thought it was a normal chic-lit book that intrigued me, yet again. Oh, how wrong I was. Ahern took me on a journey whereby I witnessed things I hadn't thought about since childhood. I was thrilled by the happiness, sucking me in wholeheartedly but I was This was my first Cecelia Ahern read and I sincerely hope it won't be my last because it was just so amazing. The concept of the novel was so beautiful and innocent. When I read the blurb, I had no idea there was a sense of magic about it. I just thought it was a normal chic-lit book that intrigued me, yet again. Oh, how wrong I was. Ahern took me on a journey whereby I witnessed things I hadn't thought about since childhood. I was thrilled by the happiness, sucking me in wholeheartedly but I was also saddened by all the sucky-ness of life. However, more than anything it was about growing up. Even if you're in your thirties, having to sit in your office facing the blank wall ahead, at least sit there and use your imagination! Ivan promises you'll use your imagination boundlessly, and Ivan always tells the truth. It's his favourite by far. Recommended for everyone lacking a little magic in their everyday life!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Myrna

    This book needs to be read with no inhibitions. It was a great fantasy read for this time of year. The audio was well done with great melodic music, Irish accents, etc. At first I didn't care much for this book ..... *mild spoiler*..... no book with an imaginary friend can beat Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, no book. LOL! Then this book took a whole different twist on love, letting go, and finding happiness. Wish it ended differently but it made sense. This book needs to be read with no inhibitions. It was a great fantasy read for this time of year. The audio was well done with great melodic music, Irish accents, etc. At first I didn't care much for this book ..... *mild spoiler*..... no book with an imaginary friend can beat Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, no book. LOL! Then this book took a whole different twist on love, letting go, and finding happiness. Wish it ended differently but it made sense.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is a very hard book to review because whilst I did have some misgivings about parts of it, on the whole I really enjoyed reading this magical fairy tale of a story. It is the story of Elizabeth and her imaginary friend Ivan, whose relationship develops over the course of the book to a point where someone has to say “stop, this will not work”. The story itself is really lovely although there were times I wanted to shake Elizabeth. It was as if she could not see what was, or was not staring h This is a very hard book to review because whilst I did have some misgivings about parts of it, on the whole I really enjoyed reading this magical fairy tale of a story. It is the story of Elizabeth and her imaginary friend Ivan, whose relationship develops over the course of the book to a point where someone has to say “stop, this will not work”. The story itself is really lovely although there were times I wanted to shake Elizabeth. It was as if she could not see what was, or was not staring her in the face a lot of the time, very slow on the uptake although, having said that, the reader does know things that she doesn’t. It is a bit like watching The Sixth Sense the second time around. You start to wonder when the penny is going to drop with her – when will she realise that nobody ever speaks to Ivan and that he never speaks to them. It is probably fair to say that she is not the easiest person to like at the start of the read. She is very cold and has built up walls around herself, not allowing herself to love and dissuading others from getting too close, and that includes little Luke, her young nephew who she has adopted. How my heart went out to that little mite, who really only wanted her to show some affection and have some fun. I just loved the idea of Ivan and his fellow imaginary friends in some sort of countrywide network, going from lonely person to lonely person offering invisible friendship, but I would have liked to delve into his world deeper. Where was their office, in our world or on a separate realm? If it was in a separate realm, how did they get there? Where and how did they live in their off time? They couldn’t get through a closed door, but at times they seemed to pop up all over the place – how did they get into these buildings and if their office was in our world – how did they get through the door? It was just those niggly little details that got me wondering about the logistics of it all. Finally, at one point, I thought we were going to see a lot more of Elizabeth’s wayward sister Saoirse, especially after “that” scene in Elizabeth’s office, which would have added a whole different dimension to the read, but nothing ever really came of that, which was a real pity. Having said all that, It was a really entertaining, fun read that grabbed my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope I don’t sound as if I didn’t like it, because I did – a lot!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Ugh. I really struggled with reading this book. It took me so much longer than it should have just because I could not get into it! I guess I am just too practical to enjoy this one. :) I have no problem with a book being a little unrealistic, for the sake of a good love story. :) But in this case, I had a problem with a woman falling in love with an "imaginary friend" who is in fact real, but not really. Arrgg. I could not take it. I could not get into it. I felt like I was reading a childrens Ugh. I really struggled with reading this book. It took me so much longer than it should have just because I could not get into it! I guess I am just too practical to enjoy this one. :) I have no problem with a book being a little unrealistic, for the sake of a good love story. :) But in this case, I had a problem with a woman falling in love with an "imaginary friend" who is in fact real, but not really. Arrgg. I could not take it. I could not get into it. I felt like I was reading a childrens book. I love Cecelia Ahern's first 2 books though, so I plan on reading her other books as well. Just wasn't a fan of this one. Sorry! :(

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Ah, kindness. It's the thing we crave the most, and all too often it doesn't show up. This lovely book blazes with it. This is a breezy romantic comedy/fantasy, but what you might not expect is the emotional punch. It will floor you. Elizabeth Egan lives in a small Irish town and takes care of her nephew Luke. She's an interior designer and her life seems perfectly organized, but hectic. Into their lives comes Ivan, a sort of "professional imaginary best friend". They usually show up to help kids Ah, kindness. It's the thing we crave the most, and all too often it doesn't show up. This lovely book blazes with it. This is a breezy romantic comedy/fantasy, but what you might not expect is the emotional punch. It will floor you. Elizabeth Egan lives in a small Irish town and takes care of her nephew Luke. She's an interior designer and her life seems perfectly organized, but hectic. Into their lives comes Ivan, a sort of "professional imaginary best friend". They usually show up to help kids, but it's Elizabeth, who seems to have forgotten what it's like to imagine and dream, who needs him. What follows is a series of hilarious scenes of misunderstanding fueled by Elizabeth's "sleepwalking" through her life. Interspersed with these are episodes of breathtaking emotion. Cecelia Ahern's writing is very good, but in these scenes it is simply brilliant. This is the kind of story you totally disappear in. It's about letting go and finding your imagination, but then you stop and think that it is the imagination of one person - the writer - who has created this wonderful story. Ahern is the kindest of writers. She even makes sure we can say the lovely Irish name "Saoirse", Elizabeth's troubled younger sister. Maybe a story like this HAS to take place in Ireland, where the fantasy element feels so natural you simply go with the flow. Somehow I think if this took place in America there would be shrinks, pills, and darkness. Even as Elizabeth comes to grips with the sadness in her past, it feels liberating. You will cry your eyes out, but you will feel good. I did not see the "twist" coming in the middle of the story. You ladies will probably see it a mile away. What is especially good about this story is that it can be enjoyed by people from ages 10 to 90. It will grab you and linger. The online gossip is that there is a movie in the works, and Hugh (He acts! He sings! He dances!) Jackman will play, I assume, Ivan. I can't wait.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gatlianne Gatlianne

    This book sat on my bookshelf for quite a while...waiting for me to be ready to read it. And when it was time...it was time. I flew through the book unable to sit it aside. The story is so sweetly touching. It's playful and lighthearted yet full of deep emotion and caring. I couldn't wait to finish the book to pass it along to a friend. This is a story about coming into your own and letting go of the deep seeded beliefs and fears that get in your way. You finish it and it's like you're sitting i This book sat on my bookshelf for quite a while...waiting for me to be ready to read it. And when it was time...it was time. I flew through the book unable to sit it aside. The story is so sweetly touching. It's playful and lighthearted yet full of deep emotion and caring. I couldn't wait to finish the book to pass it along to a friend. This is a story about coming into your own and letting go of the deep seeded beliefs and fears that get in your way. You finish it and it's like you're sitting inside a cloud of fairy dust...soft and sparkling and full of awe. And you realize so much the little ways you have or haven't been truly living, or the ways your fears have held you back and suddenly you can see no other way to live other than laughing in a field making wishes. Ahern has done well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Haya

    5 stars GOD FUCKING DAMMNIT SOMEONE STOP THE PAIN. I CANT. WHY. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS. This book is the book that taught me precisely the feeling of wanting to throw it at a wall across the room ((thankfully I barely refrained)) No but seriously, why? like um I'm not writing a freaking review for this, I feel lightheaded from all that crying and all I want to do is throw this book at a wall, this book has ruined me. like I went into the book thinking it'd be some cutesy sweet thing abo 5 stars GOD FUCKING DAMMNIT SOMEONE STOP THE PAIN. I CANT. WHY. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS. This book is the book that taught me precisely the feeling of wanting to throw it at a wall across the room ((thankfully I barely refrained)) No but seriously, why? like um I'm not writing a freaking review for this, I feel lightheaded from all that crying and all I want to do is throw this book at a wall, this book has ruined me. like I went into the book thinking it'd be some cutesy sweet thing about how a person grows up from their past and is like "if you could see me now" adressed to the people in their past BUT NO (view spoiler)[ I GET A FREAKING IMMORTAL IMAGINARY FRIEND WHO NO ONE CAN SEE HENCE FUCKING "IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW" IT IS LITERALLY ABOUT SEEING. (hide spoiler)] I DID NOT NEED THIS PAIN. I PUT FULL BLAME ON THE DEVIL, LUCIFER, AND SATANFOR THIS LIKE WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS WHAT HAVE I EVER DONE TO YOU. I can't even *cries*, like no I can't even cry anymore I'm all out if freaking tears and all I have is my heart breaking into a million pieces beyond repair every time I think of THIS FUCKING BOOK (view spoiler)[ LIKE I STARTED CRYING FROM THE 75% MARK EVER SINCE OPAL'S GUY DIED LIKE GOD FUCKING DAMMNIT I DID NOT NEED THIS PAIN, AND THEN IT HAPPENS, LIKE SHE CANT EVEN FREAKING SEE HIM ANYMORE, AND THE LAST LINE IS WHAT BROKE MY HEART THE MOST (hide spoiler)] on a side note I wanted to see saorise get better but I'm fine I don't need anymore scenes that'll make me cry I AM FUCKING FINE. I SAT DOWN FOR A MOTHER FREAKING CUTESY CONTEMPORARY NOT THIS I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS *cries* oh look I do have tears left.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Versha

    There are some books which makes you happy just like that without any genuine reason behind it, this was one of those for me. I really like this imaginary world of happiness which Cecelia Ahern created and yes it was indeed a modern fairy tale with a practical ending which was actually the best part. Whenever I used to open this book it only took me to another world, a world which I was glad to be a part of.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but at the library, I found this on the shelf and decided to give it a chance. I really, really liked it. I usually don't just pick up a book from the shelf--I like them to be recommended or on a special table, but I'm glad I did. Elizabeth, an independent, fierce, rigid person, who is raising her carefree sister's six year old son, is on the pathway to a very lonely and loveless existence until she meets Ivan. Ivan turns out not to be who she thought he was, but tha I wasn't sure what to expect, but at the library, I found this on the shelf and decided to give it a chance. I really, really liked it. I usually don't just pick up a book from the shelf--I like them to be recommended or on a special table, but I'm glad I did. Elizabeth, an independent, fierce, rigid person, who is raising her carefree sister's six year old son, is on the pathway to a very lonely and loveless existence until she meets Ivan. Ivan turns out not to be who she thought he was, but that's what makes the story endearing. I was enthralled from the first page and couldn't put the book down. It was a great idea--that in the synopsis seems to be overplayed in modern literature--but it turned out to be something completely different. Not knowing a lot about Ireland it was great to also read a little bit about the Irish countryside. I did, however, find Elizabeth to be a bit indulgent. She can't seem to let go of this fairy tale image she has of her disappeared mother and she seems to whine quite a bit about being the self-prescribed keeper of both her father and her sister. There are 12 years separating Elizabeth and her sister, so Elizabeth essentially raises her. Then when her sister becomes pregnant at 16, Elizabeth takes on that responsibility as well. I personally thought that at 28, Elizabeth would have enough sense to know that the baby stood a better chance at being adopted then being raised by an unwilling aunt who resented his existence. I didn't particulary like how the book ended either because it left a lot of open questions. But for the most part I enjoyed the premise of the book and would definitely recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    If you could see me now... This is the second book I read by Cecelia Ahern, a long time ago, the first one was P.S. I love you, before the movie came out. I read a review about it, and was set off to see what is was about... And did I found something incredible indeed. Cecelia has captivated me, in all her books. But I must say it's If You Could See Me Now the one that has such an special place in my heart, words are just not enough to explain. See from the very first moment, I felt a connection If you could see me now... This is the second book I read by Cecelia Ahern, a long time ago, the first one was P.S. I love you, before the movie came out. I read a review about it, and was set off to see what is was about... And did I found something incredible indeed. Cecelia has captivated me, in all her books. But I must say it's If You Could See Me Now the one that has such an special place in my heart, words are just not enough to explain. See from the very first moment, I felt a connection to Elizabeth, she and I are a lot similar. In some ways I'd say we are just the same. I've learned to live my life just like her, trying to keep everything under control, needing the stability a quiet life can give you, getting by day after day. Not daring to take my shoes off the pavement. Saoirse and Gráinne remind me of my sister and mother, who liked to fly away from reality quite often aswell. But like Ivan said to Elizabeth the more you try to simplify things,the more you complicate them. You create rules, build walls, push people away, lie to yourself, and ignore true feelings. That just complicates everything, and you are left stucked in a moment watching your life go by, but not living it. Sometimes we are to afraid to loose control and get hurt that we just forget to live life. I'm still waiting for my invisible friend to show up. Or to be able to see him, or her. To open my mind far enough to become one of the lucky people who get to enjoy such a magical and wonderful world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I decided to pick up this book for a couple of reasons. One, P.S. I Love You was made into a movie and I wanted to see what kind of writer it was. And two, the Prime Minister's daughter wrote a book at 21. That's gotta be worth looking into, right. Well, I got to page 60, and I couldn't go on. She tends to drone on about certain things (like how Elizabeth's mother left the family and how Elizabeth is very neat and precise and particular, and I really don't need to know about all the types of cof I decided to pick up this book for a couple of reasons. One, P.S. I Love You was made into a movie and I wanted to see what kind of writer it was. And two, the Prime Minister's daughter wrote a book at 21. That's gotta be worth looking into, right. Well, I got to page 60, and I couldn't go on. She tends to drone on about certain things (like how Elizabeth's mother left the family and how Elizabeth is very neat and precise and particular, and I really don't need to know about all the types of coffees in all the countries the character had been to) but not detailed enough about other things. I didn't really like the characters, they weren't very well formed. They tended to be very one-dimensional, which is fine if you're writing a fairy sort of story. Still, I didn't like the characters. I couldn't identify with any of them. The character of Ivan, the imaginary friend, was at times really childlike in an annoying way. He liked to get grass stains on clothes because they never come out? How annoying is that?! And it was awkward to imagine him loving a grown woman when he thought like a child so much himself. It was a cute idea, but the execution lacked refinement.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

    This book is different than most of the books i have read , it has quite an imagination , the element of surprise , & the theme of hope ... I would recommend this book for those who are searching for hope , for new beginning , cause it makes you see the world with a very different perspective . The love is so pure & selfless , the innocence would feel your eyes , & the part where you know its going to be that way , you still want to believe in a miracle ,there is a very thin line between the reali This book is different than most of the books i have read , it has quite an imagination , the element of surprise , & the theme of hope ... I would recommend this book for those who are searching for hope , for new beginning , cause it makes you see the world with a very different perspective . The love is so pure & selfless , the innocence would feel your eyes , & the part where you know its going to be that way , you still want to believe in a miracle ,there is a very thin line between the reality & fiction ... This book definitely lies in that distance .....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Will Cecelia Ahern ever not make me cry? Probably not. This was another beautiful story filled with imagination and joy. I loved it. It was happy and lovely and sad at the same time. It was a lovestory, but then again it wasn't. It was about loving yourself and accepting yourself and choosing happiness over sadness. This book had a great moral and I can highly recommend it to everyone. This was my fourth Cecelia book and again, it was a definite win. Will Cecelia Ahern ever not make me cry? Probably not. This was another beautiful story filled with imagination and joy. I loved it. It was happy and lovely and sad at the same time. It was a lovestory, but then again it wasn't. It was about loving yourself and accepting yourself and choosing happiness over sadness. This book had a great moral and I can highly recommend it to everyone. This was my fourth Cecelia book and again, it was a definite win.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tatevik

    Usually I don't read romances. And if I do, the rating is always below 2 stars. This Ahern is kind of exception. Love, Rosie was excellent, so I thought I should try her other works. I was lying ill, trying to figure out what can I do in order not to get bored, prevent myself from getting out of bed and get even worse, when this book caught my eye. I got pleasantly surprised when after half of the book I didn't have the urge to throw the book from 8th floor (well, in this case, my phone - I was l Usually I don't read romances. And if I do, the rating is always below 2 stars. This Ahern is kind of exception. Love, Rosie was excellent, so I thought I should try her other works. I was lying ill, trying to figure out what can I do in order not to get bored, prevent myself from getting out of bed and get even worse, when this book caught my eye. I got pleasantly surprised when after half of the book I didn't have the urge to throw the book from 8th floor (well, in this case, my phone - I was listening to the audiobook version). See @Sosi, I am strengthening my immune system for romances. This book was a light and quick read to spend the dull morning. Maybe with a hard copy I would have gotten bored, but the audiobook was really fun. I loved little Irish music thrown between the chapters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OMG FINALLY I FINISHED THIS BOOK. It took me a while as it was so boring and I really hated reading it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joy Joy

    I really liked it. The book welcomed me into the "agency" of imaginary friends.:P And I thought if this group really existed, I would like to have an imaginary friend as a companion-- to right my wrongs, to serve as a company when life gets too silent, to poke and tell me to enjoy life, or to let me see how constant change really is. Believe me, I could relate myself to Lizzie (in so many ways). I wondered if I ever had an imaginary friend when I was young(I'd better ask my mom about this). Lizz I really liked it. The book welcomed me into the "agency" of imaginary friends.:P And I thought if this group really existed, I would like to have an imaginary friend as a companion-- to right my wrongs, to serve as a company when life gets too silent, to poke and tell me to enjoy life, or to let me see how constant change really is. Believe me, I could relate myself to Lizzie (in so many ways). I wondered if I ever had an imaginary friend when I was young(I'd better ask my mom about this). Lizzie was the queen of HERMIT before she met Ivan Elbisivni (invisible--backwards). She was so constant, so prim and so proper, so organized, so bland, so contolling, so INTROVERT, so SO!!! damn!!! And, she wasn't aware of these things. She was reared this way and she was the finest photocopy of her dad's character. In extreme, her sister was her mom's copy. I couldn't blame Lizzie. Who would? (please, read the book so you won't blame her :P) Ivan was Lizzie's instrument of CHANGE. (I believe, change is hard to welcome in ones life when you spent half of your life fearing its manifestation.) He opened her eyes to possibilities, to affection, to socialization, to gracious living, to companionship, to LOVE, and to LIFE per se. Though Ivan became drawn to Lizzie, he managed to turn her life to the sunny side and he managed to make her patch up issues within her family and neighbors and to LOVE, of course. I adore young Luke's character. In such an 'unripe' age, he understood his free-spirited and ever absent mother (Lizzie's sister). He was able to work himself around his unaffectionate aunt. I admired this child. As Lizzie evolved into a woman who loved life dearly, Ivan had to let go. He had done his part. I would really love Ivan and Lizzie to hook up and be happy together but I understood why Ms. Ahern didn't let it. Ivan was the catalyst of change of Lizzie's boring life. And, that was that. At all. Nothing further. He was there to open her eyes to her world which was not his. :( I learned a lot of WISDOM from this book. I heart this book!!! :) Cheers!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Glass Fairy

    I'll be honest...I set out to go spoiler free but I failed, there's too much I want to mope about..sooo...***Spoilers ahead*** I loved this story, I did deduct a star because I didn't get my happy ending :( sometimes I need to read a book and have the most impossible love story work out...it gives me hope, but instead I got dashed dreams and a tear stained book.. Elizabeth Egan has a tragic story (most of us do..but hers is quite heartwrenchingly unfair) having been abandoned by her mother at age I'll be honest...I set out to go spoiler free but I failed, there's too much I want to mope about..sooo...***Spoilers ahead*** I loved this story, I did deduct a star because I didn't get my happy ending :( sometimes I need to read a book and have the most impossible love story work out...it gives me hope, but instead I got dashed dreams and a tear stained book.. Elizabeth Egan has a tragic story (most of us do..but hers is quite heartwrenchingly unfair) having been abandoned by her mother at age 12, left to live with her stern father, raising her few-month-old sister. Once she's grown up, Elizabeth's sister (I'm not even attempting to type the name..it's pretty but I'd spell it wrong) any way, her sister is just as awful as her mother and abandons her son Luke, leaving Elizabeth to raise him.. With no room in her life for love or comforts, she's quite awful to Luke really, sure he gets all the material things a child needs, but he's been abandoned by his mother, all that boy needs is an adult that loves him completely and as Elizabeth isn't stepping up to the job...Ivan does instead. Ivan is an imaginary friend, that isn't imaginary at all, hes just invisible to everyone except his best friend at the time. He comes into Luke and Elizabeth's life and brings light, colour, laughter, fun and love. He was wonderful and perfect...but still imaginary..never aging and invisible, deep down I knew it wouldn't work, but I still wanted it to, I longed for Ivan and Elizabeth's happiness, but it wasn't meant to be. The ending was sweet and beautiful, though the last paragraph made it clear Elizabeth is now dead, and Ivan is looking back on their breif and beautiful time together, it was heart breaking, I understand the message behind the story, but still... :(

  21. 4 out of 5

    VaultOfBooks

    By Cecelia Ahern – Grade A+ There are no words to express how touching this story is. I’ve read two books by Cecilia Ahern – P.S. I Love You and this. Both of them have touched my heart in a way rarely any book has. If You Could See Me Now is a book which would make even the cynic of cynics sob like a baby. Let me give you some background. If You Could See Me Now is a gentle tale; a love story with a twist. Elizabeth is a very uptight and no nonsense lady who has been stuck with her sister’s six year By Cecelia Ahern – Grade A+ There are no words to express how touching this story is. I’ve read two books by Cecilia Ahern – P.S. I Love You and this. Both of them have touched my heart in a way rarely any book has. If You Could See Me Now is a book which would make even the cynic of cynics sob like a baby. Let me give you some background. If You Could See Me Now is a gentle tale; a love story with a twist. Elizabeth is a very uptight and no nonsense lady who has been stuck with her sister’s six year old son Luke, who is a really kind hearted and a very cute character. Elizabeth’s impossible sister, Saoirse, is one of those characters who are inflicted upon her family through no fault of their own. She stumbles through life oblivious to the devastation she leaves in her wake, mainly because it is not Saoirse, but Elizabeth who deals with the consequences, including Luke. And then there’s Ivan, in whom Ahern has created a very beautiful character. He is child-like, but not childish. He has a delicious sense of fun and an infinite and heart-breaking capacity to love in the purest and most unselfish of ways. Ivan is a kind of invisible friend who helps children who need him in any way he can. The children who can see him need his help. Luke can see him, so he becomes his invisible friends. When Elizabeth watches Luke talking to no one, she is confused and thinks that Luke has made an imaginary friend. This is normal, but Elizabeth being able to see Ivan is not. Ivan is confused, but his fascination with her is too big to ignore her. So he follows her around and wreaks havoc everywhere. Read this excerpt for example: Ivan raised his eyebrows at Elizabeth. “Elizabeth, Elizabeth,” he sang, “Did you just make a funny? I think you did.” He stared directly at her, elbows on the desk. He sighed, blowing the loose strands of her hair as he did so. Elizabeth froze, moved her eye sockets from left to right suspiciously, and then continued working. “Oh, see how she treats me?” Ivan said dramatically, holding his hand to his forehead and pretending to faint onto a black leather chaise lounge in the corner of the room. “It’s like I’m not even here,” he declared. He put his feet up and stared at the ceiling. “Forget about being at a principal’s office, this is like being at a shrink’s.” He stared at the cracks in the ceiling. “You see, doc, it all started when Elizabeth kept ignoring me,” he said loudly into the room. “It just made me feel so unloved, so alone, so very, very alone. It’s like I don’t exist. Like I’m nothing,” he exaggerated. “My life is a mess.” He pretended to cry. “It’s all Elizabeth’s fault.” Ivan teaches her how to enjoy and become carefree. He helps her in forgiving the people who made her grow up fast. He even helps in improving Elizabeth’s and Luke’s relationship. The best thing I liked about this book is its hero, I love him! After reading so many romance novels filled with misunderstandings and the hero being a huge cynic and pessimist, this book is a remarkable change. It is not at all like ordinary romance novels. After reading this book, you’ll never forget it, the story will always stay with you and you’ll find yourself thinking about it when you least expect it, very unlike the novels you read once and after some days even forget the names of the main protagonist. I was a bit unsure of Ivan initially because there’s something a bit squirmy about a 6ft man playing and acting like a little boy but I soon got over that and he grew on me. The starting of the book is pretty boring but don’t let it discourage you to leave the book in between because if you do you’ll miss a really good opportunity to read a wonderful book. The title of this book suits it perfectly! When you first read it, you’ll not understand what it means, but read the book once and you’ll see the effect of it. Originally reviewed at www.the-vault.co.cc

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Carter

    I've not read a Cecelia Ahern book before this (I've seen the film P.S I love you years ago and found that touching), and must admit I was expecting more of a generic chick lit/romance kind of novel. So what a nice surprise it was to discover it had other elements sprinkled throughout. I won't elaborate too much as I don't want to spoil it, although you'll get the jist of it within a few chapters. I think I was expecting a kind of Marian Keyes style of writing, minus Marian's humour, and I guess I've not read a Cecelia Ahern book before this (I've seen the film P.S I love you years ago and found that touching), and must admit I was expecting more of a generic chick lit/romance kind of novel. So what a nice surprise it was to discover it had other elements sprinkled throughout. I won't elaborate too much as I don't want to spoil it, although you'll get the jist of it within a few chapters. I think I was expecting a kind of Marian Keyes style of writing, minus Marian's humour, and I guess that's why I haven't read one of Cecelia Ahern's books before, because I thought they'd pale in comparison or just be generic chick lit. I'm not sure if all Cecelia Ahern books contain a fantasy element, or if this book is a one off? If you could see me now doesn't share much in common with a Marian Keyes novel, apart from the fact they are both written by an Irish author and write about women, sometimes in tricky situations. However that's not a bad thing, Ahern is clearly a fantastic writer and also has her own unique style. This book was so much more than I expected. Although it's not set during Christmas, it seemed a great book to read during December/January with its fantasy thread woven throughout. There are plenty of interesting characters, some slightly irritating and not very likeable (Saoirse), lovable (Ivan and Luke) and others down and out quirky. The writing was full and descriptive, making it easy to immerse yourself in the story, and imagine the village with its beautiful landscape, colourful shops and rolling hills leading to the sea. You do need to have an open mind with this book, and enjoy books that contain magical realism elements and aren't simply your generic chick lit or ordinary romance book. If you prefer your books to be more straightforward/down to earth/not contain out of the ordinary storylines, then you may struggle. However, if you're willing to use your imagination, then you'll discover an enchanting little gem waiting for you. It's extremely touching, and will make you laugh and cry and realise what's important in life. I just can't believe I haven't bothered picking up a Cecelia Ahern book before. It's definitely time I jumped on the bandwagon - although very late - and started reading her other books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 1.5 STARS (Review Not on Blog) P.S. I Love You is one of my favourite novels so I was excited to read more of Ahern's books, but I just could not like this book. This novel about an imaginary friend and an abandoned child sounded like it had real promise. Instead this story fell flat and I felt like the characters were not fully developed. RATING: 1.5 STARS (Review Not on Blog) P.S. I Love You is one of my favourite novels so I was excited to read more of Ahern's books, but I just could not like this book. This novel about an imaginary friend and an abandoned child sounded like it had real promise. Instead this story fell flat and I felt like the characters were not fully developed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ivi Oltovska

    another great book from ahern 5 stars love it

  25. 4 out of 5

    Akaii

    I was drawn to this book since the very begging. It's so different from what I usually read and the story is written so beautifully. All the characters are so endearing , especially Ivan. He is an unforgettable character and easy to fall in love with. The changes he brought in Elizabeth were remarkable. I find it amazing how just one person can change lives even after years of restraint and rigid discipline. Sometimes love is right there, it's just that people can see it or not. This book was a I was drawn to this book since the very begging. It's so different from what I usually read and the story is written so beautifully. All the characters are so endearing , especially Ivan. He is an unforgettable character and easy to fall in love with. The changes he brought in Elizabeth were remarkable. I find it amazing how just one person can change lives even after years of restraint and rigid discipline. Sometimes love is right there, it's just that people can see it or not. This book was a sweet story, that will leave you smiling and will even break your heart and leave tears in your eyes! Definitely a book to read to those who appreciate romantic softness and gentle cuteness.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    What a truly delightful and heartfelt read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jinghay (these.blank.pages)

    Read up till 56% I've had this on my 'currently reading' shelf for a while now but I don't think I'll be coming back to it any time soon. Dnfing for the time being Read up till 56% I've had this on my 'currently reading' shelf for a while now but I don't think I'll be coming back to it any time soon. Dnfing for the time being

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jooke

    This was my least favorite book written by this author that I've read so far. I really liked the idea and some parts were really endearing and disarming, but the overall feeling was a bit forced. As if she tried too hard to make it work... So up to the next book. This was my least favorite book written by this author that I've read so far. I really liked the idea and some parts were really endearing and disarming, but the overall feeling was a bit forced. As if she tried too hard to make it work... So up to the next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Last September 7, 2008, 3:30pm...i came to my room and wept.(JOKE!) haha! I got the book from my bookshelf and started reading the book...(duh!) before anything else i would just like to say this, a quote from the book that was mentioned by one of the characters, and that is, GNIROB!(smiles) You know the movie P.S. I Love You? yep. Cecelia Ahern is also the author of that book. This book "If You Could See Me Now" will also be made into a film. waaah! OK, i know i'm obsessing....but this book made m Last September 7, 2008, 3:30pm...i came to my room and wept.(JOKE!) haha! I got the book from my bookshelf and started reading the book...(duh!) before anything else i would just like to say this, a quote from the book that was mentioned by one of the characters, and that is, GNIROB!(smiles) You know the movie P.S. I Love You? yep. Cecelia Ahern is also the author of that book. This book "If You Could See Me Now" will also be made into a film. waaah! OK, i know i'm obsessing....but this book made me cry! I know, OK, here I go again with my babbling to all of you guys. You see, i just read a book called "If You Could See Me Now" i was really deeply involved in the story that i couldn't stop grasping the story in my mind and just held it there. it's like i don't want it to end or it's like I'm wanting the story to go on and lead to that HAPPY ENDING that i want! I really wanted the story to have a happy ending. although i know it did by making me see that the characters were all happy and contented by just feeling a small part of their lives that they met someone that made them fall in love and then just move on.( i don't think i made that one clear enough) but still, you know me, i always keep on babbling here that i couldn't stop myself from saying the things that i want for myself or for whatever story it is that my mind couldn't stop forgetting and just move on....grrrrrr.. i can't help feeling but sad, lonely... it's like i want to cry as in really cry but i couldn't seem to do it. well actually i did cry back in my room when i finished reading the book. yep, as in with tears! hahaha! anyway, it's not funny, i really feel like crying right now, but i just can't, although i feel like I'm crying from the inside. i know i may sound really crazy but i don't know, i just feel like this. First of all, how come some people just end up their stories with somewhat happy YET REALLY REALLY depressing for other readers. Well, readers like me. i just don't get it! they LOVE each other!!! for crying out loud! THEY LOVE EACH OTHER! and that seems to be not enough for them to love happily ever after. OK, given the point that Ivan is immortal or doesn't really exist or imaginary! Even so, how come he has the capabilty to fall in love for someone. Huh? what's the sense of that capability if he couldn't even really hold on to it in the end!!!! i hate the feeling if i was him, i know he hated or well, he got really really sad that he can't love her normally. that was a really sad THING! so sad that i even cried for it! haha! NOT FUNNY! so anyway, given that how come there's nothing that they can do about it? like wish for him to be a normal person or something to make Others see him. how come Opal can't do anything about it? look at her love life, she kept loving the old man until he arrived on his deathbed. really really sad! how come the Jinky joes didn't help at all? the falling star?? waaaaaaaaaaah! i'm really disappointed because just look at that really DEPRESSING idea. (it makes me want to cry all over again) and here's another one, the fact that Elizabeth has been abandoned, lonely and afraid of facing what she has or what life she has!!! now, that she found someone that really understands her and love her, that guy isn't even meant to be with her FOREVER??!!! that is so cruel!!!!!!!!!! how come life for her is like that? didn't she suffered enough for her to face another lost? and this time the lost of the love of her life!??!! i don't like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want to cry!!!!!!!!!!! ok, i really like the book and the story. but COME ON!!! i want a happy ending!!!!!!!!! i want Ivan to be a normal person or for him to EXIST in the world of humans so that they could all be happy and just enjoy each other's company! for crying out loud Luke is also his FRIEND!!! they make a great FAMILY!!! waaaaaaaaaaaaaah! okok....i have to stop.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)

    Quote from the Book I Liked - But that's the thing about lessons: you always learn them when you don't expect them or want them. Stars - 3/5 Synopsis - What if love was right there in front of you? you just couldn't see it? Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count.But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luk Quote from the Book I Liked - But that's the thing about lessons: you always learn them when you don't expect them or want them. Stars - 3/5 Synopsis - What if love was right there in front of you? you just couldn't see it? Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count.But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic.Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again? As for Ivan, he thought he was there to help Luke, not Elizabeth? or himself? About The Book- This was my first Cecelia Ahern read and I sincerely hope it won't be my last because it was just so amazing. The concept of the novel was so beautiful and innocent. When I read the blurb, I thought it would be some regular love story stuff where both boy and girl meet, break up and reunite, but after I completed around 25% of the book it blew my mind. When the character of Ivan was introduced it literally game me goosebumps. It made me rethink that what is going on what will happen. The main characters in the book are Elizabeth and Ivan. The story rotates around them in the most unexpected way. Although this book is not made for everyone, it's for the people with imagination. It made me sad and happy in the most unexpected ways. The whole time I read the book it changed something in me, it changed the way you think towards the love and friendship and how just a Friend like Ivan can change your life, he may not solve the problems of your life but will help you the strength to fight those problems. Verdict - For all the People with Imagination, it's highly recommended. It made me cry, made me laugh And then finally I heard myself saying, "I believe...".

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