The Gift – Cecilia Ahern

The Gift Title: The Gift
Author: Cecelia Ahern
ISBN: 9780061706264
Pages: 320
Release Date: November 3, 2009
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Lou Suttern is an extremely busy man, and he just doesn’t understand why his family (especially his wife) doesn’t get that.  He works incredibly hard every day, getting to work before anyone else, because he wants to show he’s valuable.  So what if he misses family get-togethers and his children barely know him?  He defines success through his job, and he’s certainly doing well there.

One day, on his way to work, Lou meets Gabe, the incredibly perceptive homeless man who sits across the street from the office.  Feeling generous, Lou offers Gabe a job.  But what Lou doesn’t realize is that this small action will change his entire world and how he perceives what is in it.

Review:

The Gift was a very interesting and unique holiday book that was well-written and easy to read.  Though it has a very clear message, Ahern is never too forceful with it.  She lets the moral of the story speak for itself, rather than hitting the reader over the head with it.  A book like this could easily become incredibly cheesy or heavy handed, but it never does.  Instead, Ahern has written a heartwarming story that isn’t overly sentimental.

Lou is an interesting character and Ahern writes him very convincingly.  Though it’s clear he is a workaholic, his rationalizations are really easy to believe at the beginning.  Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine how someone justifies working all the time, abandoning their spouses and missing their children growing up.  Ahern makes it crystal clear, as the reader is almost sucked into Lou’s fantasy of the necessity to work all the time, with no room for family.

Ahern presents the main story in The Gift as told by a police officer to a young child on Christmas.  It’s difficult to tell why she made this choice – the book would have been more appealing if it had just been the story of Lou and Gabe.  There seems to be no reason for the other story, except to reinforce the message of family which is really unnecessary by the end of Lou’s tale.

The Gift was a fun and heartwarming book that would probably make a great Christmas present for dads that are a little too devoted to their jobs.  It’s a sweet story that will make the reader think about their life – perfect for this time of year!

Comments

  1. This sounds so sweet! I’m on a major Christmas book kick right now. I’ll have to check this one out!

  2. This sounds so sweet! I’m on a major Christmas book kick right now. I’ll have to check this one out!

  3. Books like this make me feel so good this time of year. Glad to see this is a good one.

  4. Books like this make me feel so good this time of year. Glad to see this is a good one.

  5. Great Review. I will definitely check it out in near future.

  6. Great Review. I will definitely check it out in near future.

  7. I don’t know what it is I have against holiday books, but I just can’t bring myself to want to read any of them.

  8. I don’t know what it is I have against holiday books, but I just can’t bring myself to want to read any of them.

  9. Sounds like a good read for any of us that work too much at times. This could be a good one to read just before the start of the new year so that it will inspire me to reset some of my priorities.

  10. Sounds like a good read for any of us that work too much at times. This could be a good one to read just before the start of the new year so that it will inspire me to reset some of my priorities.

  11. I agree cute read..a bit like a fairy tale. 🙂

  12. I agree cute read..a bit like a fairy tale. 🙂

  13. I had a problem with the characters. I felt many of the characters were weak, especially his wife. I felt like I could not relate to the story.

  14. I had a problem with the characters. I felt many of the characters were weak, especially his wife. I felt like I could not relate to the story.

  15. I just added this one to my wishlist! I read my first book by Ahern recently — Where Rainbows End — and really loved it. Looking forward to this one!

  16. I just added this one to my wishlist! I read my first book by Ahern recently — Where Rainbows End — and really loved it. Looking forward to this one!

  17. I have this book on my shelf but never thought of finding out what it’s about. I won it from a contest in a newspaper. 😀

    I’ve read two other books by Ahern, Where Rainbows End and PS, I Love You. Both were great. She really does know how to write.

  18. I have this book on my shelf but never thought of finding out what it’s about. I won it from a contest in a newspaper. 😀

    I’ve read two other books by Ahern, Where Rainbows End and PS, I Love You. Both were great. She really does know how to write.

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