PS, I Love You (novel)

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PS, I Love You
CeceliaAhern PSILoveYou.jpg
UK cover
AuthorCecelia Ahern
PublisherThorndike Press
Publication date
April 2004
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages655 pp (hardcover)
512 pp (paperback)
ISBN0-7862-6164-1 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-00-716500-5 (paperback)
Followed byWhere Rainbows End 

PS, I Love You is Irish writer Cecelia Ahern's debut novel, published in 2004. It not only claimed the number one best-seller status in Ireland, Britain, the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands but was on the number one spot in Ireland for nineteen weeks.


Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live in Dublin. They are deeply in love, but they fight occasionally. By winter that year, Gerry suddenly dies of a brain tumor and Holly realizes how much he means to her as well as how insignificant their arguments were.

Deeply distraught, Holly withdraws from her family and friends out of grief until her mother calls her informing her of a package addressed to her. Within the package are ten envelopes, one for each month after Gerry died, containing messages from him, all ending with "P.S. I Love You". As the months pass, each new message fills her with encouragement and sends her on a new adventure. With Gerry's words as her guide, Holly slowly embarks on a journey of rediscovery.


  • Holly Kennedy – main character
  • Gerry Clark – Holly's husband
  • Sharon McCarthy – Holly's best friend
  • John McCarthy – Sharon's husband, Gerry’s best friend
  • Denise Hennessey – Holly's best friend
  • Tom O'Connor – Denise's fiancé
  • Daniel Connolly – Holly's friend
  • Elizabeth – Holly's mother
  • Frank – Holly's father
  • Richard – Holly's older brother
  • Meredith – Richard's ex-wife
  • Timothy – Richard's son
  • Emily – Richard's daughter
  • Jack – Holly's brother
  • Abbey – Jack's girlfriend
  • Ciara – Holly's younger sister
  • Mathew – Ciara's Australian boyfriend
  • Declan – Holly's younger brother
  • Leo – Holly's hair stylist
  • Barbara – travel agent
  • Chris Feeney – Holly's boss
  • Alice Goodyear – Holly's colleague
  • Charlie – bartender
  • Laura – Daniel's ex-girlfriend


Despite the hype and commercial success, the debut novel from Cecilia Ahern, daughter of Irish political figure Bertie Ahern, drew mixed-to-negative reception. Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) gave it three out of five stars, stating that Ahern's book is "funny and emotional", but also criticising the book's message of getting over the death of a loved one by "getting drunk and shopping".[1] The Guardian wrote a satirical review which lampooned Ahern's shallow characterisation and melodramatic plot.[2] The Clare County library called the book "overhyped", "predictable" and "full of stock characters", but lastly an "easy read... and a nice holiday read".[3] calls it "at times repetitive and her delivery is occasionally amateurish [but] Ahern deserves credit for a spirited first effort".[4]

Movie adaptation[edit]

A film adaptation of the book was released in 2007 with Hilary Swank as Holly, and Gerard Butler as her husband, Gerry. James Marsters plays John McCarthy and Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays William Gallagher. The cast includes Kathy Bates, Harry Connick, Jr., Gina Gershon and Lisa Kudrow. Filming began in October 2006 in New York City and Ireland, and the movie was released on 21 December 2007 in the United States.[5]

Although box office numbers were high, critics gave the film negative reviews.[6][7]


  1. ^ PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern,
  2. ^ PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern, The Guardian, 16 February 2004
  3. ^ "P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  4. ^ "P.S. I Love You (Paperback)". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. ^ "P.S. I Love You". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  6. ^ "P.S. I Love You – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  7. ^ "P.S. I Love You (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 21 December 2007.