The Gift – Cecelia Ahern


276 pages

Published: 2006

Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern.

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.

This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what’s inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts: 

After i got this book, I didn’t expect anything from it. The synopsis also didn’t give me any clue about the exact story. When I read some chapter of this book, I thought “So, Cecelia once again wrote about uhm… what should I say? Unreal person? The person only can be seen by particular person. What is it? It’s not a ghost. Or is it an angel? But when I countiunued it I thought “Oh, wrong assumption” because Gabe, who I think the imaginary human, can be seen by everyone.

Unlike If you Could See Me Now, Cecelia told us the main story through the storyteller inside this book. I didn’t get the “The Gift” of this book until the end of this story. At the begining it told me about the busy Lou Suffern who ehm.. abandon his family. He cheated on her wife, he didnt care about his family events, he gave promises but he also broke it.

“This is a story about people, who, not unlike parcels, hide secrets. They cover themselves in layers until the right person unrwrap them and discovers what’s inside…” At the front page Cecelia told the readers this so I guessed that this is about revealing, solving someone’s problems. In common way. Meet someone new, share the problems, share the solution, problem solved. But it wasn’t.

This new guy helped him to realized something more precious than his job. I admit it when I read this story it slapped me not too hard, but hard enough, because my situation a bit similar with his. “ You’re happy there? No point in working hard on something if you’re not, because at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?” this quote really hit me. Gabe tried to make him realized to stop working overtime and spend more time with his family. And when I read this I was mad at Lou because I had realized it and already knew what to do and he still been blinded by his mind 😐

The gift from the book that Cecelia wanted Lou and us to recieve was time. Time to cherish your family. Time to do anything right. Time to be happy.

“Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely. Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning. Time can’t be given. But it can be shared.”


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