Imagine a world where imaginary friends are very real. It is only when you grow up and quit believing that you can no longer see what is right before your face. On a few occasions adults are in such need of an imaginary friend that they can see them. Elizabeth Egan has a very structured, clean life thanks to the chaos of a wandering mother, a wild, alcoholic younger sister and a distant father that checked out when he lost his wife. Luke, her sister’s son that she has adopted, pushes Elizabeth over the edge with his new imaginary friend until she starts to hear strange noises and meets a new man from the neighborhood. Will Elizabeth be able to resolve her past to create a better future? 2006, 306 pages.
A light, quickly paced novel that grapples with coming to terms with what life has dealt you. Irish setting is not integral to the plot, but adds a bit of flair to the story. The main characters are well developed and evoke empathy for their situations. The novel is interior in focus.
Cecelia Ahern is the 20-something daughter of the Prime Minister of Ireland.