Sometimes, books come to you and find a way into your life because it’s something you need to read at that point.  I just finished reading The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern (PS, I Love You), and wow is all I have to say.  I literally read this in two days because I couldn’t put it down… it hit so close to home for me.

In short, it’s one of those books that makes you go Hmmmmm.

Am I guilty of reading books that make you think and reevaluate how you’re living?  Absolutely.  It’s almost like there’s a new genre of books called self-help fiction, and I’m all over it.  I got this.  And yes, writing one of my own.

The only thing different about this book is the amount of humor infused in there.  I found myself laughing out loud at the witty dialog throughout the book.  These characters say some pretty funny things here.  There were also times when I felt like she had read my journal, and I identified with the main character so closely it was eerie.

The basic premise of the book is about a woman who loses sight of her life after her boyfriend breaks up with her, and after many years of bad choices and avoiding anything important, she has an appointment with her Life.  In this book, her Life is an actual person who is a true reflection of her… well, life.

And so it got me thinking…. Of course it did, you’re thinking right now.  What would my Life look like

if it were a real person?  After much pondering, I came up with Maxine from the Hallmark cards.


She’s self-depricating.
She’s funny.
She’s a little round through the middle.
And she looks like she needs some attention.  Okay, a lot.

It’s not lost on me that I would find someone twice my age to reflect my Life, because that is how I feel most days.  See how she’s slightly hunched over?  That’s what I look like when I get out of bed 🙂  I haven’t taken care of my Life in years, and spend a huge amount of time just trying to get to the end of the day, the end of the week, the end of the month, the end of the year.

Vicious cycle.

So in the Kristine fashion, I have posted a picture of the last paragraph of the book that I took last night just so I can keep those words with me.  It’s not really a spoiler alert, because I do believe the book is pretty predictable and this doesn’t really tell you everything that happens, but if you’re not wanting to read this I get it.

It’s completely true that we spend the majority of our Life taking care of everyone around us, leaving us feel completely drained and empty.  It’s as if our Life is not our own, but belongs to everyone we love.  It’s commendable, but after a while, we need to get a Life of our own and nurture that one just for us.

This gives a whole new meaning to get a life.

I beg of you, read this book.  Is it the best book ever written?  Probably not, but the story and the meaning are so true, and I think everyone could benefit from treating their Life better.

Get a Life… and then take care of it.

It’s officially the first day of summer!  Celebrate and happy reading 🙂


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