I began my #ChristmasReads series with this book. While this book seemed like a drag in many places, I did love the ending of “The Gift”.
Let’s discuss this book today. Grab your peppermint tea, and here we go!
The plot of the book (as seen on GoodReads):
If you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?
Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else.
On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room.
But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time?
As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all.
What I liked about this book is that it is a book that you have to read at a leisurely pace. You cannot rush through it, you have to devour each description slowly. And since many “lucky” people have holidays around this time of the year, this is the ideal read for a long staycation.
What I didn’t like about this book is that it gets too slow. At some points, it feels that the author could have skipped through entire plot twists, and still made her point. The plot didn’t seem to be well structured in that sense. Also, the story begins with an off-plot scene of a policeman catching an adolescent truant for the crime of throwing a frozen turkey into his estranged father’s house. I can almost see your reaction right now: “What?” But yes, that’s the fact. The actual plot of the story is presented as a narration by the policeman to the boy, and not as an independent story. However, I didn’t quite understand why the book was presented this way. It didn’t make any value addition whatsoever.
Also, I didn’t quite appreciate the verbose quality of the author’s writing, which makes the book more lengthy.
I give this book a 3.5/5 stars rating. And that’s only because the ending was a superb execution. The beginning and the middle seemed like a drag to me. It almost felt as if the author created an entire novel, just because she had a fantastic idea for the ending. You know what I mean?
This book did seem like a disappointment, after reading Flawed and Perfect by the same author. Flawed and Perfect were just brilliant. “The Gift” was not quite upto the mark.
QOTD: Do you feel Cecelia Ahern should stick to writing YA Fiction only? Or do you like her General Fiction works too?